London buses turned into ambulances to tackle new strain of COVID-19

London buses turned into ambulances to tackle new strain of COVID-19

- London has gone a step higher to deal with the new strain of COVID-19

- The collaboration of National Health Service (NHS) and bus operators has brought about an initiative to tackle emergency cases

- The parties have been able to convert two buses equipped with oxygen and other medical equipment to keep patients in a stable condition

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About two London buses already converted into makeshift ambulances will be used by the National Health Service (NHS) staff to transport patients in the wake of the new strain of COVID-19.

The buses, called Go-Ahead, will be instrumental to help medical outfits and ambulance service cope with the immense pressure of attending to emergencies, The UK Guardian reports.

To make for more space and leg-room in the vehicles, most of the seats in the buses have been removed.

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COVID-19: London buses changed into ambulances to tackle emergencies
The buses are adapted to keep COVID-19 patients in condition (Photo: @NHSEngland)
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This initiative, of course, was aided by the benevolence of management of bus operators who loaned the buses to the NHS.

Go-Ahead will be run by doctors and nurses of the health service and volunteers from the St John Ambulance first aid charity.

Even more, the buses which will be driven by four drivers have been adapted to have infusion pumps and monitors such that on board-patients can be observed and kept in stable condition.

All have been vaccinated against coronavirus. Go-Ahead was inundated with offers from its drivers to help.

Added to this, the electricity-enabled Go-ahead which can power equipment from their batteries has oxygen for patients who need it.

Meanwhile, another new variant of the coronavirus different from other discovered types of the disease appeared to have been detected in Nigeria.

The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), made the disclosure on Thursday, December 24.

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John Nkengasong, the head of the Africa CDC, said the new variant is not similar to the type discovered in the UK and South Africa.

He stated that further analyses of the samples were being conducted by the Nigeria CDC and the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases to learn more about the new virus.

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