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The number of Covid-19 hospital admissions in England has soared by 25 per cent in a day, government data has revealed

por Kathi Koch (2020-10-23)

The number of Covid-19 hospital admissions in England has soared by 25 per cent in a day, government data has revealed.

In another blow to hopes the virus is being brought under control, NHS figures show there were 478 new hospital admissions in England on Sunday — the most recent day figures are available for.
For comparison, the figure for Saturday was 386. 

It also represents a four-month high, the likes of which have not been seen since June 3, when it was 491.

pizzasoli_mehrshahr_pic4-150x150.jpgData also revealed the number of people on ventilators is on the rise, from 259 a week ago to 349 on Sunday.

But while hospital admissions have increased, figures show hospital admission figures are still low in some areas, such as the south of England.

And the number of people dying in hospital of the virus remains much lower than at the start of the pandemic.   

On October 2, the latest date with hospital figures for the whole of the UK, there were 2,481 patients with Covid-19.

However the number of deaths over the same period was 33 - equivalent to 1.3 per cent. On March 21, two days before the country went into lockdown, there were three hundred less people, but 131 deaths - 6.3 per cent death rate.

Improvements in treatment and a greater protection of the most vulnerable have been suggested as two major factors.

The latest surging statistics come as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the UK, with 14,542 new cases recorded yesterday — meaning the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 every day has tripled in a fortnight.

Last Tuesday's data, which would normally be used to measure how much the UK's outbreak has grown in the last week, is unreliable due to a catastrophic counting error at Public Health England.

It means Tuesday September 22 is the most recent point of reference — there were just 4,926 cases on that date.

The extraordinary meltdown — caused by an Excel problem in outdated software at PHE — meant almost 16,000 cases went missing between September 25 and October 2, meaning the scale of the escalating crisis was vastly underestimated last week. 

Health chiefs recorded 12,594 coronavirus cases the day before, which was also triple the figure of 4,368 recorded a fortnight earlier.

The rolling seven-day average of daily cases — considered a more accurate measure because it takes into account day-to-day fluctuations — has also risen by a similar amount over the same time frame.

Another 76 coronavirus deaths were also recorded yesterday, up 7 per cent on last week's 71 fatalities and more than double the number of victims posted the Tuesday before, when there were 35.
Data also shows the rolling seven-day average number of daily deaths is 53, up from a record-low of seven in mid-August.

Although the curves are clearly trending the wrong way, the number of Covid-19 deaths and infections are still a far-cry from levels seen during the darkest days of the pandemic in spring, when more than 1,000 patients were dying and at least 100,000 Britons were catching the disease every day. 

Official NHS data shows there were 478 new hospital admissions in England on Sunday - the most recent day figures are available for.

The figure is 25 per cent increase on Saturday's data, when 386 people were admitted the hospital with Covid-19. It also represents a four-month high, the likes of which have not been seen since June 3, when the figure was 491.

Government data shows that the North West and North East and Yorkshire are the only regions to have seen a sustained and sharp increase in people being admitted to hospital (line graphs show daily hospital admissions between April and October).

All regions saw a rise in cases, hospitalisations and deaths in September as people returned to offices and schools after the summer, but across most of the country these have since come under control

The spiralling statistics come amid fears the UK could face draconian new lockdown measures within days under plans for a local 'Covid alert' system.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to unveil details of the three-tier set-up as early as Thursday in an attempt to make the existing patchwork of restrictions easier to understand.   

Government sources said the top tier would include tougher restrictions than those currently applied to millions of people living across the North and Midlands.

A planned 'traffic light' system of measures will be redesigned after PHE's Excel bungle revealed that the virus was spreading much faster than previously thought in cities like Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield. Ministers will meet in the coming days to thrash out exactly how far to go.

Cities including Sheffield, Oxford and Nottingham are seemingly at risk of harsher restrictions as Boris Johnson tries to get a grip on local flare-ups. Options include the closure of pubs, restaurants and cinemas, a ban on social mixing outside household groups, and restrictions on overnight stays.

Sources refused to rule out the possibility that some towns and cities could be placed immediately into the top tier, despite the fact that death rates remain low.  

Meanwhile, separate official statistics show the UK's coronavirus death toll has spiked for the third week in a row.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) — a Government-run agency — revealed there were 215 victims in the week ending September 25 in England and Wales, up 55 per cent on the 139 deaths recorded the previous week and more than double the 99 posted a fortnight ago.  

But, despite the climbing death toll, analysis shows the numbers of people being admitted to hospital with Covid-19 have levelled off in huge areas of England as data suggests the country is being dragged into panic by an out-of-control outbreak in the north. 

In London, the South East and the South West - home to around half of the country's population of 55million - daily admissions appear to be plateauing after rising in line with cases during September from a low point over the summer.

However, admissions are still accelerating in the North West, North East and Yorkshire, where new local lockdowns are springing up every week and positive tests are spiralling to record numbers. 

Britain has recorded 14,542 more coronavirus cases as the number of people testing positive for the virus every day triples in a fortnight

Another 76 deaths were also recorded today which is more than double the number of victims posted last Tuesday, when there were 35 fatalities

Coronavirus cases in Scotland have been rising sharply since the beginning of September and Nicola Sturgeon has refused to rule out closing pubs and restaurants in hotspot areas or banning people from leaving cities and towns with high infection rates