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Christians asked to pray for spiritual resilience for medical professionals as UK faces second coronavirus peak

by Chantalle Edmunds

The Christian Medical Fellowship has reacted to England's chief medical officer's warning that the UK could see almost 50,000 new cases of Covid-19 each day by the middle of next month if the virus continues to spread at its current rate.

Chris Whitty, and the government's chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, issued the stark warning in a Downing Street briefing on Monday morning.

Steve Fouch is from The Christian Medical Fellowship. He told Premier he doesn't think Chris Whitty's words come as a surprise to anyone who has been working in the medical field over the last few months.

He added there is a genuine increase in the number of new cases among younger people, the 20-30 age group, but there is a growth in infections in every group. 

"That increases the concern that we are going to be seeing more hospital admissions, which we are beginning to and more deaths which we are beginning to. So we are in the early stages of a second wave, a second peak, a second spike, in Covid infections which has been the trend in pretty much every other country in the world," he said.

From about November and December onwards, there is traditionally an increase in hospital admissions. 

Steve Fouch told Premier that many health professionals have been preparing over the summer for the additional pressure on the system that will be caused by the coronavirus crisis.

He added that Christians can pray for spiritual resilience and courage for medical professionals who will be dealing with "quite tough and distressing situations" that we heard about from the first peak. 

Church congregations should also be supportive to members of the church congregation who are working on the front line, including doctors, nurses and hospital porters as they face the challenges of the coming months, Fouch urged.

Boris Johnson will address the Commons tomorrow about the UK's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

This will follow a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee, which the Prime Minister will chair in the morning.

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