In a call to arms, all available resources – in this case car factories – are being asked to help the United Kingdom curb the threat of the coronavirus by manufacturing ventilators.

Ventilators are needed in intensive care units for critically ill patients affected by the coronavirus who are suffering with respiratory problems and are not able to breathe independently.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has stated that there is severe shortage of ventilators.

“We now need any manufacturers to transform their production lines to make ventilators. We cannot make too many,” he said.

“We start with around 5000 ventilators, we think we need many times more than that, and we are saying if you produce a ventilator, then we will buy it.

“No number is too high. They are relatively complicated pieces of kit… but they’re not so complicated that the advanced manufacturing that this country is so good at now can’t be able to turn its production lines over to.

“We’ve been talking to a whole host of companies about it. Ventilators are the thing that we are going to need, and frankly, right across the world, the demand for them is incredibly high, so it is not possible to produce too many.

“So anybody who can should turn production and their engineering minds over to the production of ventilators.”

Rolls-Royce, JCB, Ford and Honda are some of the companies which the government has reportedly approached.

A Honda UK representative told Cnet’s Roadshow publication that the company is ready to assist:

“We have been contacted by the government about the feasibility of Honda supporting the manufacture of additional ventilators.

“We have identified some potential areas where we may be able to provide support and have communicated this to government.”

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