More coronavirus patients are currently in hospital in the UK than at any other time in the last five months, NHS data show.
On Wednesday, more than 5,500 people with Covid-19 were in the hospital — a 9 percent jump from last week, according to the PA news agency, and the highest level since mid-March.
But even though admissions have begun to climb in recent days, the number is still low compared to the peak of Britain’s first and second wave, as fewer people were fully vaccinated.
The highest number of people in hospital with Covid-19 in England at any time during the pandemic was recorded on January 18, 2021 and peaked at 34,000.
Currently, 5,514 people are in hospital with the virus in England – most since 16 – with more than 1,000 patients in three different regions: London, the Midlands and the combined region of Yorkshire and the North East.
All regions record a week-on-week increase in admissions, but the largest is in the southeast with an 18 percent increase.
Since May, hospital admissions have been slowly rising in the UK, but had leveled off in the last few weeks.
Numbers appear to be rising faster again after an increase in Covid-19 cases in mid-July. Usually, there is a time lag between an increase in cases and hospitalizations due to how long it takes for severe symptoms to develop.
On August 16, 776 people were hospitalized in England with Covid-19, the highest number since July 27 (816).
This number includes both those who were hospitalized with the virus and those who were diagnosed while already in care.
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