Boris Johnson announcement: Highest Covid hospital case numbers since FEBRUARY but new data shows outbreak IS slowing

Boris Johnson announcement: Highest Covid hospital case numbers since FEBRUARY but new data shows outbreak IS slowing

THE number of patients in hospital with coronavirus in England has climbed to its highest level since February, new figures show.

The latest data from NHS England shows there were 11,452 people in hospital in England with Covid-19 as of 8am on Thursday, up 61% from a week earlier and the highest number since February 26.

The London region had the highest number of beds occupied by confirmed Covid patients, at 3,477, up 66% week-on-week and the highest number since February 16. During the second wave of coronavirus the number of Covid patients in hospital peaked in both England and London on January 18, at 34,336 and 7,917 respectively.

The data, published on Thursday, also showed there were 2,082 Covid-19 hospital admissions in England on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, new data has revealed that coronavirus infections are slowing, amid a spread in Omicron cases in older age groups. But experts have warned that there has been a worrying rise in cases in Brits aged 55-75, which could put pressure on the NHS.

Omicron is now responsible for 90 per cent of cases in the UK and has taken over from the Delta variant.

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