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UK News Covid hospitalisations spike in nearly TWO THIRDS of trusts in England

22:30  21 october  2021
22:30  21 october  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Latest Covid-19 case rates for UK local authority areas

  Latest Covid-19 case rates for UK local authority areas Nearly three-quarters of local areas are currently recording a week-on-week rise in rates.The figures, for the seven days to October 8, are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.

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NHS England has 6,000 spare beds for Covid patients, a health minister revealed today as they shot down health bosses' calls for the Government to enact its winter 'Plan B'.

Edward Argar insisted that hospitals still have a 'degree of headroom' despite rising case numbers and growing pressure in the health service for face masks, vaccine passports and other measures to be introduced.

Mr Argar said that bed occupancy was one of the key measures being kept under review now that the vaccines have taken the emphasis away from infections.

And daily Covid hospital admissions, which are also rising, have become slightly less reliable now because of mass testing in hospitals.

Latest Covid-19 case rates for UK local authority areas

  Latest Covid-19 case rates for UK local authority areas More than three-quarters (78%) of local areas are currently recording a rise in rates.The figures, for the seven days to October 9, are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.

It means patients coming into the NHS for other conditions or injuries and testing positive are included in the daily measure.

Mr Argar revealed that while about 7,000 beds are currently occupied by Covid patients, a further 6,000 were unoccupied.

But MailOnline's analysis of the latest NHS data has revealed that just over half of the country's hospitals are already at 90 per cent or more capacity, which may be causing anxiety about the growing epidemic.

Hospitals which are more than 85 per cent full do not perform as safely or effectively, according to NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson.

Admissions are rising in 93 out of 153 trusts (61 per cent), amid record backlogs for treatment caused by the pandemic. In comparison they are falling in just 42 (27 per cent).

Latest Covid-19 case rates for UK local authority areas

  Latest Covid-19 case rates for UK local authority areas Nearly nine in 10 areas have recorded a week-on-week rise in rates.The figures, for the seven days to October 14, are based on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.

Overall, Covid admissions increased 36.63 per cent in England in the seven days up to Tuesday, the latest date data is available for.

The biggest increase in Covid inpatients was seen in University Hospital Southampton, which saw admissions increase 12-fold from just one to 13 during the past week.

UK's daily Covid deaths hit SEVEN-MONTH high of 223

  UK's daily Covid deaths hit SEVEN-MONTH high of 223 Department of Health bosses posted 223 fatalities today, up 23.2 per cent on last Tuesday's figure of 181. It was the highest victim count since March 9, when 231 people died with the virus. Deaths are recorded as someone who has passed away within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test and totals are usually higher on a Tuesday because of a lag at the weekend.Cases also increased, with 43,738 new infections recorded — up 13.5 per cent on the 38,520 last week.And the number of people being hospitalised spiked to 921 on Friday, the latest date data is available for. It was an increase of 20.2 per cent on the previous week.

It was followed by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals (700 per cent), Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (700 per cent) and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust (600 per cent).

How vaccines have blunted our Covid crisis: Death rates among over-65s are BELOW average

Death rates for over-65s in England and Wales have dipped below pre-pandemic levels thanks to the success of the Covid vaccine rollout, data revealed today.

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IfoA) figures show the mortality rate in people aged 65-85 in September was 0.66 per cent lower than average. In over-85s it was even lower at 1.7 per cent below levels seen during the same month over the past 10 years.

But the data suggests a 'two-tier' pandemic may be starting to appear, with deaths in September — before cases began to kick off — at 7.5 per cent above normal levels in adults aged 45-64.

Experts claimed the low rates seen in the elderly are proof that vaccines have helped to stop serious disease from taking hold.

They said the spike in deaths seen during the darkest days of the second wave in January has now been offset because those who were most vulnerable are likely to have died in the winter, with the majority of over-65s who survived the peak now protected.

Boris Johnson urges experts to cut wait for third Covid vaccine

  Boris Johnson urges experts to cut wait for third Covid vaccine Concern has been growing that the British rollout of the Covid booster scheme has been far too slow, putting the public at risk as cases rise. At present, over-50s and those with health problems are invited for their jab six months after their second dose.Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday called on ministers to cut the waiting time to five months.Mr Johnson agreed that it was an ‘extremely important point’. The six-month deadline was imposed by the Government’s advisers on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Cobus Daneel, chairman of the IFoA's continuous mortality investigation (CMI) mortality projections committee, said vaccinating 'the more vulnerable first undoubtedly saved more lives overall and reduced strain on the NHS'.

Among trusts that were treating at least ten patients, the biggest increases were in East Sussex Healthcare Trust (90.9 per cent), Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust (75 per cent) and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (63.6 per cent).

Regionally, London hospitals saw the largest increase in Covid inpatients at 83 per cent.

The North West saw saw the next most (48.2 per cent), followed by the South West (47.9 per cent) and South East (32.4 per cent).

But despite the numbers, Mr Elgar told Times Radio today: 'We do have a degree of headroom at this time, we continue to monitor it hour by hour, day by day, to see what's happening with those figures, both in terms of infection, but also crucially in terms of hospitalisation.

'Our assessment at the moment is the most effective way to continue to control that is for people to get those booster jabs.'

For now, ministers have rejected further control measures from Plan B, including vaccine passports for indoor events and the return of mandatory face coverings.

The Government has put the onus on the public, saying further restrictions may be needed if people do not get booster jabs.

Rishi Sunak says booster jabs will prevent another lockdown

  Rishi Sunak says booster jabs will prevent another lockdown Rishi Sunak said whilst the winter would be 'challenging' for the NHS, he ruled out another lockdown and said the booster Covid jabs means the UK is now in a new phase of controlling virus.The Chancellor said the jabs will remain the government's 'first line of defence' in controlling the virus and stopping the NHS from becoming overwhelmed by the virus this winter.

Speaking on Sky News today, Mr Argar defended the Government's position, adding: 'While under huge pressure at the moment, and I pay tribute to all those working in it (the NHS), it is a sustainable pressure at the moment.'

Asked how bad the situation in the NHS will have to get before the Government moves to Plan B, he said it would not 'be appropriate to set an arbitrary figure, X number of infections, X number of hospitalisations'.

He added: 'We need to look at all this in the round, we need to look at the death rate, absolutely.

'We need to look at that booster rollout programme, vaccination rates in young people, the 12 to 15-year-olds, because we're seeing in that school-age population, that's where we're seeing actually the biggest increases driving these infections.'

While the Government has insisted it has no plans to enact the plan yet, it emerged today that heightened support is to be delivered to areas which have consistently had Covid infection rates above the national average.

Four local authorities — Leicester, Bolton, Luton and Blackburn and Darwen — will be subject to surge testing and targeted vaccination programmes. Another 15 areas have been earmarked for the support package.

Councils in those areas have been told they are due to receive the support but have not been given an official start date.

The Enduring Transmission Area (ETA) support was outlined in the Government's 33-page Plan B strategy document published last month.

It defined 'enduring transmission' as places recording infection rates above the English average for a prolonged period of time.

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UK's daily Covid cases FALL for second day in a row to 45,113 .
The Department of Health reported 36,657 new cases across Britain in the past 24 hours, down a quarter on the figure last week and the second day in a row there has been a week-on-week drop. Cases had risen for 18 days prior to Sunday.Many experts predicted that the October half-term — which for many schools began today — would drag infection rates down and act as a miniature 'firebreaker'. There were also 38 coronavirus deaths registered today which was down around 16 per cent on the toll last Monday. New hospital data isn't due until later in the week.

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