Grim warning as winter cold bites

MORE than 60 people in East Anglia are expected to die because of the cold this week and hundreds more will be admitted to hospital, health chiefs warned today.Ipswich Hospital is already struggling to find beds this winter because of a surge of admissions, many of them people with breathing difficulties.

By Jessica Nicholls

MORE than 60 people in East Anglia are expected to die because of the cold this week and hundreds more will be admitted to hospital, health chiefs warned today.

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority has issued warnings for people to take the cold seriously after the chilling warning.

Because of the expected cold snap, the Met Office has predicted that 65 more people than usual across the three counties will die and 635 emergency admissions will be made to acute hospitals.

The huge figure makes up 15 per cent of all acute hospital beds - such as Ipswich Hospital - across the region.

FULL STORY IN TONIGHT'S EVENING STAR