In total, in April 2020, 917,000 emergency visits were recorded in England, a decrease of 56.6% compared to April 2019, according to figures published by NHS England.
“This is the lowest number ever recorded,” NHS England said in a statement, adding that it was “probably the result of a reaction to COVID-19”, which discouraged people from going to hospital for fear of being contaminated or do not overload the staff, writes Agerpres.
When the isolation measures were announced on March 23, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged fellow citizens to “stay home” so as not to overburden emergency services and “save lives.” Doctors fear that this situation has not led to an increase in deaths due to untreated or detected diseases too late.
At the national level, the statistical office reviewed by May 1, 2020, over 36,000 deaths with the suspected cause COVID-19, mentioned on the death certificate. Over the same six-week period, the average mortality rate over the past five years has been 50,000 deaths.
On Thursday, the NHS urged all those who consider themselves or their relatives to have suffered a stroke to stop postponing their visit to the doctor.
“Experienced doctors are concerned that people refuse to seek help when they need it because of fears about the coronavirus,” the NHS said in a statement. “Or across the country, health services have been restructured to reduce the risk of exposure to or transmission of infections in the hospital,” says the NHS.