NHS chief: Hospitals back in 'eye of the storm'

Simon Stevens visited a vaccination centre on December 21 and thanked his colleagues across the NHS for their continued services throughout the pandemic.

He praised the NHS staff who have cared for more than 200,000 severely ill coronavirus patients since the pandemic struck, mentioning everyone from doctors to cleaners and porters.

Stevens said he hoped that by late spring all vulnerable people across the UK will have been offered the covid-19 vaccination; a glimmer of hope for the year ahead.

Britain reported 41,385 new COVID-19 cases on Monday (December 28), a daily record, as a rapidly spreading variant of the coronavirus increases infection rates and the holiday weekend impacted the reporting of some new cases.