Essex declares 'major incident' over surging coronavirus – Tier 5 rules could be announced

The Essex Resilience Forum (ERF) made the announcement in response to a “significant growing demand” on hospitals across the county. It said the number of coronavirus patients has surpassed the number seeking treatment during the first wave in spring.

The body, which is made up of NHS members, local authorities and emergency services, is seeking additional support from the Government to deal with the crisis.

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