THE number of Covid patients in England hospitals has climbed to its highest level for five months, as daily deaths have surged by 73.
A total of 752 hospital admissions were reported on July 19, NHS England figures show.
Another 44,104 new cases were reported today, up from 42,302 last Wednesday.Credit: AFP
This is up 21 per cent on the previous week, and is the highest daily number since February 25.
The total includes 197 admissions in north-east England and Yorkshire, which are up 40 per cent week-on-week and the highest daily number for this part of England since February 18.
North West England recorded 141 admissions on July 19, up 44 per cent week-on-week and the highest since February 23.
Total admissions for England are still some way below the peak of the second wave, when they hit a high of 4,134 on January 12.
But the figures reflect how the third wave of coronavirus is continuing to drive a slow but steady rise in hospital admissions.
Speaking at the Downing Street press conference on Monday, the Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said the trend for hospital admissions during the third wave was likely to be “a somewhat different picture” to the second wave, with numbers expected to increase though not the same extent as before.
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“We do expect there to be over 1,000 people per day being hospitalised with Covid because of the increase in infections, but the rates should be lower than they have been previously because of the protective effects of vaccination,” he said.
The total number of patients in hospital in England with Covid-19 stood at 4,063 on July 21.
This is up 31 per cent week-on-week, and is the highest number since March 23.
At the peak of the second wave, Covid-19 patient levels in England reached 34,336 on January 18.
Meanwhile another 44,104 new Covid cases were reported today, up four per cent from the 42,302 reported last Wednesday.
The figure is down from yesterday’s tally when 46,558 tested positive for the virus.
DEATHS UP BY TWO THIRDS
Today’s reported deaths brings the total so far during the pandemic to to 128,896.
Another 39,035 Brits received their first vaccination dose, with 161,279 receiving their second jab.
Almost 70 per cent of adults have had both jabs, with 88 per cent receiving their first.
The vaccine rollout means Brits who catch Covid now are ten times less likely to die and four times less likely to be admitted to hospital than in the second wave.
It comes as Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer was forced to self-isolate after one of his children tested positive.
The Labour leader tested negative this morning ahead of his weekly Westminster showdown with the PM, who is also in quarantine.
COVID restrictions could make a comeback in just three weeks if hospital cases rocket, experts have warned.
Sage scientists think the country might see a return to form of lockdown, as they urge ministers to take action.
The advisers have said Boris Johnson needs to be ready to stop the NHS being overwhelmed by the end of July, reports the i.
Grim models suggest between 1,000 and 2,000 daily hospitalisations and 100-200 deaths a day could happen by the peak, expected at the end of August.
On Monday, Boris Johnson poured a bucket of caution over Freedom Day – and warned the pandemic “is far from over”.
In a stern address from his Chequers quarantine, the PM begged Brits not to go crazy despite today’s big bang unlocking and continue isolating if pinged.
The Government expects cases to soar as the restraints are flung off but is banking on vaccines keeping hospitalisations and deaths right down.
The PM said: “There comes a point when restrictions no longer prevent hospitalisations and deaths, but simply delay the inevitable.
“And so we have to ask ourselves the question: if not now, when?”
But he refused to rule out slamming back measures if the third wave spirals out of control, insisting he has to be “humble in the face of nature”.
Mr Johnson said: “The roadmap is we hope irreversible. But we can’t guarantee that something could obviously happen that changes are our calculations.”
It comes as a Sun prove found a third of Covid testincapacity is unused despite fears the system is buckling.
Waits for results are getting longer and staff claim precious supplies are being shuttled between sites.
But labs are running at only 70 per cent, according to latest Department of Health data.