After blocking the country to prevent the spread of the disease, the British government will also open a 4,000-bed field hospital to treat people infected with the Covid-19 virus.
The UK government on March 24 said it would open a 4,000-bed field hospital at an exhibition center in London to treat cases of corona virus infection, according to the South China Morning Post.
The move came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson on March 24 ordered a blockade to prevent the spread of the disease.
There have been 422 deaths and 8,077 cases of Covid-19 virus infection in the UK.
British Health Minister Matt Hancock said at a press conference that the field hospital would be called NHS Nightingale Hospital and was established at the ExCeL center in east London with two areas, each with a capacity of 2,000 people.
“With the help of the military and NHS clinicians, we will make sure we can afford people to get the support they need,” Hancock said.
The hospital will initially have 500 beds equipped with ventilators and oxygen. The medical staff here are mainly NHS doctors and nurses as well as military physicians and nurses.
Soldiers will continue to support the UK health service agency (NHS) by providing infrastructure, logistics and project management advice.
The Telegraph says the military will also help convert other places across the UK into field hospitals. The news came after football and cricket fields were considered the sites of the next field hospitals.
A third of people infected with Covid-19 in the UK have also recovered, according to the Telegraph.