Six million on public hospital waiting list in England, hitting new record

The waiting list for public hospitals in England hit six million for the first time at the end of November 2021, with around 10 percent of them waiting for more than a year, according to the National Health Service (NHS).

Also, in December 2021, more than 73 percent of patients had to wait four hours in emergency rooms to see doctors. 

British Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced on Thursday that from Jan 17, people who have received two vaccine doses but have been reinfected with the COVID-19 will be released from quarantine on the fifth day if they are tested negative. 

Britain reported 129,587 COVID-19 cases in the latest 24-hour period, bringing the total number in the country to 14,862,138, according to official figures on Wednesday. The country also reported a further 398 coronavirus-related deaths, taking the tally to 151,007. 

More than 90 percent of people aged 12 and over in Britain have had their first dose of vaccine and more than 83 percent have received both shots, according to the latest figures. More than 62 percent have received booster jabs. 

(Source: Reuters)



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