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An exhausted intensive care nurse has revealed the emotional cost of ‘zipping up body bags’ as she pleads with the British public to stop circumventing coronavirus lockdown rules.
Ameera Sheikh, 28, who zipped the body bag of her fourth Covid-19 patient in just two days at a badly affected London hospital, said she can’t sleep anymore “because the nightmares are too many.”
Her comments come after the number of deaths from Covid-19 in the United Kingdom surpassed 80,000, after another 1,035 deaths were recorded yesterday, raising fears that the total will exceed 100,000 by the end of month.
Ameera told The Sunday People
Every day is just as bad as the next. Some days it is so intense. You feel so bad inside that you don’t even dare to drink a glass of water.
“We are on our feet for 13 or 14 hours a day, running. I don’t sleep anymore because the nightmares are too many. ‘
Ameera, who has worked for the NHS for 12 years, begged the British public not to break the coronavirus lockdown rules to help save lives.
She said, ‘Please don’t break the rules. I have worked abroad in less developed countries where they do not have the resources like we do and what is happening now reminds me of those experiences.
‘Death was around us then and death is around us now.
A consultant takes a moment to use his phone in the corridor of the Intensive Care Unit at St George’s Hospital in Tooting
London hospitals will run out of beds in a few weeks if the spread of the coronavirus is not drastically reduced, Khan warned, declaring a ‘major incident’ across the city.
The capital’s mayor said the Covid-19 cases were “out of control” and implored Londoners to stay home “unless it is absolutely necessary for them to leave” to save lives and protect the NHS.
Chris Whitty also warned that hospitals are facing ‘the worst crisis in memory’ as Covid-19 cases continue to rise, with 46,000 medical workers now ill.
Brits who do not take the coronavirus lockdown seriously will cause ‘preventable deaths’ when critically ill patients are turned away at the hospital door, warned Professor Chris Whitty in a scathing article for the Sunday Times.
More than one percent of the city’s nine million residents tested positive for Covid last week, and an estimated one in 30 residents is currently infected.
In the worst-hit districts, the rate is feared as high as one in 20, and surprising figures also show hospital admissions rose by a quarter in the first week of January.
More than 7,000 NHS beds in the capital are currently occupied by Covid patients, 35% more than the busiest day of the pandemic in the spring.
Police criticized a ‘small selfish minority’ for ignoring the rules and vowed to be tough on offenders who refuse to stop partying despite the highly communicable pathogen being widespread.
Deputy Deputy Commissioner Matt Twist said: ‘I know Londoners will be surprised that officers continue to deal with a small selfish minority who believe the rules do not apply to them by holding house parties, large warehouse parties or other meetings. These are creating breeding grounds for the much more transmissible variant. ‘
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Ameera Sheikh, 28, who works in a badly affected London hospital, said some doctors ‘are so exhausted they cannot eat’
She attacked anti-lockdown groups, saying that none of them ‘will ever close a body bag in their lives’, adding that’ the world does not revolve around them.
Ameera zipped the body bag of her fourth Covid-19 patient in two days