Hospital admissions up by almost a third, cases up 38%


Pressures from hospitals in England are under heavy pressure from Covid admissions as infections rise 38 per cent in the UK and hit record highs in Scotland.

Covid admissions to hospitals across England rose 26 per cent in the week leading up to March 16 compared to the seven days before, according to the latest data.

Registrations in the North East and Yorkshire have risen rapidly by more than 52 per cent in just seven days, while the South East and South West are up 24 and 25 per cent respectively.

London Covid admissions were up 23 per cent, east of England up 17 per cent and north west 19 per cent.

The data comes as cases of Covid in the UK rose 38 per cent on Friday compared to the previous seven days, with 552,198 testing positive.

New figures from the Officer for National Statistics on Friday showed 2.7 million people had Covid in England in the week to March 12, while infections in Scotland peaked at 376,300.

On Friday The Independent revealed the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust has reported two critical incidents in the past two weeks, the latest on Monday.

The Trust warned it was facing “significant bed pressure” at two of its hospitals, North Devon District Hospital and South Molton Community Hospital, and on Monday did not have enough beds to accommodate emergency patients.

The pressure has been felt at other hospitals in Devon, with healthcare leaders warning that the number of Covid-positive patients is a significant problem as it leads to the closure of wards and means beds for emergency patients are unavailable.

The latest data released by NHS England showed there were 11,059 hospital admissions of patients who tested positive for Covid-19 in the seven days to Friday March 16, compared with 8,768 in the seven days before.

Registrations in the North East and Yorkshire were up 52 per cent in the seven days to March 16, while the South East and Midlands were up 24 and 25 per cent and the South West were up 24 per cent.

As of March 18, there were 11,595 patients in hospitals across England. The last time levels reached this height was February 5th.

In England, one in 20 people – 2.7 million – had Covid in the seven days to March 12, according to the Office for National Statistics. In Wales, the estimate rises from 97,900 people, or one in 30, to 125,400 people, or one in 25.

In Scotland, infection numbers have risen for seven straight weeks, hitting a new record high of 376,300 last week. The ONS described developments in Northern Ireland as “uncertain” with 130,600 people likely to have contracted Covid-19 in the past week.

Professor Tim Spector, Principal Investigator of the ZOE-Covid Study, warned: “Covid cases are now at the highest level that the ZOE-COVID Study has ever recorded. Of even greater concern is the rise in new cases among people over the age of 75. This vulnerable group has had low case numbers for months.

“We’ll have to wait a few weeks to see the full impact of the increase in hospital admissions, but the numbers have already started to rise.” Hospital admissions up by almost a third, cases up 38%

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