Covid-19 hospital admissions surge 33 per cent in a week

Hospital admissions for Covid-19 patients surged by 33 per cent in just seven days, official data reveals.

The biggest spike was recorded in the South of England, amid warnings the spread of infections is gathering steam in the region. 

There were 6,661 infected patients sent to hospitals in England in the week ending October 25, compared to 5,009 new admissions the week before.

The number of patients hooked up to mechanical ventilators also rose 25 per cent in the same time frame, jumping from 3,298 to 4,122.

It can take Covid-19 patients several weeks to fall severely ill, meaning the consequences of spikes in cases are only just beginning to be felt.

Infections surged 8.6 per cent yesterday after 23,065 cases were recorded. Deaths are also rising quickly, and surged 48.1 per cent compared to last week to 280.

The South East - which has so far dodged Tier Three - recorded the biggest spikes in Covid-19 hospital admissions, by 53 per cent, and the number of Covid-19 patients on mechanical ventilators, by 68 per cent. 

It comes after the Government was warned by officials yesterday that space in all hospitals - including Nightingales - could run out on December 17 unless further action is taken to curb the rising tide of infections.

The figures pile more pressure on Boris Johnson to act after SAGE warned the second wave could cause a further 85,000 deaths. 

Hospital admissions in England have risen 33 per cent in seven days, official data shows

Hospital admissions in England have risen 33 per cent in seven days, official data shows

The highest spike was recorded in the South East, where they rose by 53 per cent

The highest spike was recorded in the South East, where they rose by 53 per cent

Hospital admissions in England surge 33% and mechanical ventilator bed use up 25%

Hospital admissions in England leapt by a third in the week ending October 25 - the latest for which data is available.

KEY: Region, percentage rise, Covid-19 patients admitted to hospital in week ending October 18, and in week ending October 25.

South East: 53 per cent, 276 to 423

East of England: 52 per cent, 209 to 318

Midlands: 47 per cent, 919 to 1,347

North East: 44 per cent, 1,209 to 1,739

South West: 42 per cent, 217 to 309

London: 38 per cent, 530 to 729

North West: 9 per cent, 1,649 to 1,796

ENGLAND: 33 per cent, 5,009 to 6,661 

MECHANICAL VENTILATORS

KEY: Region, percentage rise, total Covid-19 patients on ventilators in week ending October 18, and in week ending October 25.

South East: 68 per cent, 76 to 128

Midlands: 43 per cent, 640 to 912

East of England: 37 per cent, 136 to 186

South West: 28 per cent, 110 to 141

North West: 27 per cent, 1,029 to 1,309

London: 22 per cent, 536 to 656

North East: 2 per cent, 771 to 790

ENGLAND: 25 per cent, 3,298 to 4,122 

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