Covid: Hospital admissions in England at highest level since February

Hospital admissions in England at highest level since February.
Hospital admissions in England at highest level since February.

The seven-day average stood at 821 admissions on October 20 according to NHS England figures

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Average daily hospital admissions in England of people with Covid-19 have climbed to their highest level for nearly eight months.

The seven-day average stood at 821 admissions on October 20, NHS England figures show.

This is up 23% on the previous week, and is the highest since February 27 when the average stood at 859.

Admissions are still some way below the peak of the second wave of the virus, when they hit an average of 3,812 on January 12.

But the latest figures suggest the sharp rise in new cases of coronavirus reported in recent weeks is now having an impact on hospital numbers.

Data for admissions includes some patients who were diagnosed in hospital with Covid-19 during the previous 24 hours.

The total number of people in hospital in England with Covid-19 stood at 6,405 on October 22, NHS England said.

This is up 19% week-on-week and is the highest since September 13.

During the second wave, the number of Covid-19 hospital patients peaked at 34,336 on January 18.