People with Covid in London hospitals jumps by 22% as lockdown eases

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The whole country has seen a rise in hospitalisations but they still remain incredibly low compared to the second wave (Picture: PA)

Covid hospitalisations in London have jumped by 22% in the past week – but remain exceptionally low when compared with the peak of the devastating second wave.

A total of 116 people tested positive after being admitted to hospital in the seven days to Sunday, following 95 people the previous week.

This gives an average of 16 new daily admissions, compared with almost 1,000 back in January.

The capital is seeing slightly higher figures than England as a whole, with hospital admissions up 13% week-on-week across the country.

The Midlands has been hit harder with admissions up by 49%, according to the Health Service Journal.

It comes after Matt Hancock revealed 90% of people hospitalised with coronavirus haven’t had both doses of a vaccine.

More than 18,700 people have tested positive across the UK in the past seven days – an increase of 18%.

Weekly Covid cases have also increased by 10% across London in the past seven days, with 1,918 positive tests in the seven days to last Friday.

Surge testing for the Indian variant has taken place across a number of boroughs with the most recent results showing not a single additional case was detected in Kensington and Chelsea.

The health secretary told the Commons today: ‘Yesterday we saw 3,180 new cases of coronavirus – the highest since April 12. But thanks to the power of vaccination, in which I have always believed, the link from cases to hospitalisations and to deaths is being severed.

People travel through Waterloo railway station during the morning rush hour as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions continue to ease throughout the country, London, Britain, May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville

People travel through Waterloo railway station during the morning rush hour on May 19, 2021 (Picture: Reuters)

‘Around 90% of those in hospital in hotspot areas have not yet had both jabs, so the continued delivery of the vaccination effort, and the ongoing work to control the virus through testing, tracing and isolation – these are vital.’

NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson said there are ‘few, if any’ Covid-19 hospital admissions among care home residents.

Because of the younger age of those admitted, there is less pressure on critical care units – which were almost overwhelmed during earlier waves of the crisis, he added.

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He told Times Radio: ‘Talking to a group of chief executives over the last few days in the areas that are most affected by the variant that originated in India, what we’re hearing is that hospitalisations are increasing, but they’re not increasing precipitously.

‘One chief executive I spoke to said they had 20 hospitalisations last week, they’ve got 40 hospitalisations this week, they’re expecting 60 hospitalisations next week, but this was in a hospital that in January and February was trying to deal with 150 Covid-19 patients.

‘So that gives you that sense of the fact that the hospitalisation rate is ticking up, but it’s certainly not at the levels that we saw in January and February when, as we know, the NHS in certain places was under real pressure.’

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