MOSCOW (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – September 18, 2022) Hundreds of people queuing to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state needed medical assistance on Saturday, bringing the total to more than 1,000, said the London Ambulance Service.
“Together with St. John Ambulance, we yesterday provided care to 368 people queuing to see Her Majesty the Queen lying down. 55 of them were taken to hospital, bringing the total number of people views to 1,078, including 136 people taken to hospital,” he said on Sunday.
Ambulance staff worked with some 2,000 volunteers from St John Ambulance, an international first aid charity, to care for those wishing to pay their respects to the late monarch ahead of Monday’s funeral.
St John Ambulance said cold night temperatures were the main challenge, particularly for people queuing by the Thames. The most common complaints, according to the report, were blisters, dehydration and feeling faint.
Access to the queue was closed on Sunday after capacity was reached. The readiness period ends at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, a few hours before the start of the funeral procession. Wait times to view the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall reached 24 hours on Friday.