COVIDIOT conspiracy theorists are killing people by spreading fake news in a “demoralising insult” to frontline medics, the NHS CEO said.
Sir Simon Stevens told tonight’s Downing Street briefing that claims that hospitals were empty were “simply untrue”.
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NHS CEO Simon Stevens said conspiracy theorists are killing people by spreading fake news in a “demoralising insult” to frontline medicsCredit: PA:Press Association
The NHS boss took aim at conspiracy theorists illegally entering and filming in hospitals – as the UK today recorded it’s second highest death toll during the pandemic.
Sir Stevens said: “When people say that coronavirus is a hoax, it is a lie.
“If you sneak into a hospital at 9pm and film an empty corridor and then stick it on social media claiming it ‘proves hospitals are empty’, you are responsible for changing behaviour that will kill people.
“It is also an insult for the nurse coming home from 12 hours working in critical care having worked her guts out under the most demanding and trying of circumstances.
“There is nothing more demoralising than having that kind of nonsense spouted when it is most obviously untrue.”
Boris Johnson added: “The kind of people who say Covid is a hoax, they need to grow up.
“You’ve heard from the head of NHS England the pressure the NHS is under. We’ve got to do our bit to protect it.”
It comes as Sir Simon Stevens said there are now 50 per cent more inpatient coronavirus patients than at the peak of the first wave of the pandemic.
He said: “At the minute the amount of patients we have is the equivalent of filling 20 acute hospitals with extra patients.”
Sir Stevens added many people caught the virus between Christmas and New Year, warning: “Pressures are real and growing.”
For weeks now, medics – particularly in the southeast – have been warning hospitals are at breaking point as wards become overwhelmed with coronavirus patients.
Sir Stevens’ comments come after a baying mob of anti-vaxxers gathered outside St Thomas Hospital in central London last Sunday to harangue brave NHS workers.
Anti-lockdown activist Debbie Hicks was also arrested in her dressing gown last month by cops after filming “empty” hospital wards.
Cops swooped on her home in Stroud, Gloucestershire after she posted videos online of herself walking round Gloucester Royal Hospital and falsely claiming that no patients were being treated for Covid.
It comes as coronavirus deaths in the UK topped 1,000 for the second day running, with more than 50,000 new cases recorded today.
As a mutant strain spreads across the country, 1,162 more deaths have been confirmed and 52,618 new infections.
The highest death toll recorded in the Government’s official figures was 1,224 deaths on April 21.
But media outlets have reported the deadliest ever day was April 8 when 1,445 sadly died after deaths hit 1,000 for 22 days in a row.
The figures continue to be affected by a lag in the publication of recent data, so will contain some deaths that took place over the Christmas and New Year period that have only just been reported.