Covid hospital admissions hit record high and cases are still rising among over-80s

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Hospital admissions have reached their highest point during the pandemic.

The hospital admission rate for Covid-19 in England was 37.20 per 100,000 from January 4 to January 10, up from 29.50/100,000 the week before, Public Health England data shows.

Hospital admission rates connected to the disease have increased in all regions except for the North East, with London continuing to have the highest with a rate of 58.19/100,000.

As of January 13, 32,689 people were receiving hospital treatment for Covid-19.

Alarmingly case rates among the over 80s, who account for the most coronavirus related hospital admissions, are continuing to rise, and are now above 300/100,000.

In the past 24 hours alone a further 884 people died of Covid-19 in UK hospitals.

Dr Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director at Public Health England, said:“The rate that people are being admitted to hospital is now higher than at any point during the pandemic.

"We are still seeing thousands of people having to go to hospital each day.

Hospital admissions last week were at a significantly higher point than in April
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"Worryingly these numbers are likely to continue to get worse before we see the benefits of our efforts to protect the NHS, which will mean more pressure for our health service than ever before.

“Please act as though you have the virus. Around one in three of us won’t show symptoms but can still infect others who could become very unwell.

"This is why we all need to stay at home, so that we can protect our NHS and save lives.”

The PHE report shows how badly affected by the coronavirus different age groups and areas are.

As of last Thursday it showed that people in their 20s were most likely to have caught the virus, with 842.5 cases per 100,000 people recorded.

That was up from 603.6 the previous week.

The post-Christmas coronavirus case and death rate remains high
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London had the highest rate – 904.8 – in the seven days to January 3, up from 864.6.

In the past week case rates have have fallen across all age groups except in those 80 and above, with the highest rate of 879.7/100,000 population seen in among those aged 20 to 29-years-old.

Case rates have decreased in all locations except for the North West, South West and West Midlands.

On another positive note, almost half the over 80s in the North East and Yorkshire had received the coronavirus vaccine as of January 10.

More than 30,000 people were being treated for Covid-19 in hospitals
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Over 80s vaccine rates are highest in the North East and Yorkshire
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While the country is a long way from being out of the woods in terms of controlling the virus, the falling case rates among most parts of the population suggests restrictions may be beginning to work.

However, the high post-Christmas infection rates have translated to large numbers of deaths.

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On Wednesday the country recorded its highest ever daily Covid-19 death toll.

A further 1,564 lost their lives in a 24 hour period, bringing the total number of deaths involving the coronavirus in the UK since the pandemic began above 100,000.

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