The North West Ambulance Service declared a ‘big event’ due to the very high volume of 999 calls

The Northwest Ambulance Service (NWAS) has announced a major event due to high demand.

The ambulance service said it was ‘exceptionally busy’ and told people to expect delays.

The big incident happened about three hours after 3pm, but the service told people to call 999 only if they were in a ‘life threatening or potentially fatal’ state.

NWS tweeted tonight: “We are exceptionally busy this evening. Unfortunately it will be late and we urge you not to call back to ask how long we will stay. Just call 999 in case of a fatal emergency.”

The NWAS Union added: “The big event announced by the NWS.

In a subsequent statement, NWAS said they made more than 2,200,999 calls in just eight hours from midnight to 8 p.m.; A 36 percent increase during this time last week. About 15 percent of their call-outs were covid-related, they said.

One union boss Manchester Evening News They ‘know nothing like this’ in 30 years.

“They don’t announce any big events very easily.

Follow the updates directly as they come down.

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