Coronavirus infections, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths will continue to rise in the UK for weeks, with a peak not coming until next month.
This comes from the perspective of NHS chiefs, who say the slowdown in the rate of infection is not coming as quickly as expected.
Chris Hopson, executive director of NHS Providers, said MPs’ hospitals have come under increasing pressure despite national bans The mirror.
Presenting evidence to the Health Committee, he said, “It seems pretty clear now that the rate of infection will not go down as quickly as it did in the first phase, and it will go down more slowly because of the increased portability of the new one.” Burden.
“We were hoping for a sharp climax that came earlier and shorter. For example, where we saw the summit and started to climb it in mid to late January.
“It now looks like the peak of NHS demand may actually be in February.
“If that’s right, it basically means there’s a higher level and longer pressure on the NHS than we expected a week ago.”
Data from NHS England showed there were 32,070 Covid-19 patients in English hospitals at 8 a.m. on Monday. The number is up 20% from last week and 81% since Christmas.
Another 529 people died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus on Monday, bringing the number to 81,960 in the UK. There have now been 97,000 deaths from Covid-19 in the UK, according to separate figures.
Last night, NHS England National Medical Director Professor Stephen Powis said at a press conference on Downing Street that vaccination would gradually lead to a decline in the number of people in the hospital – but that we had not yet peaked
“But we won’t see it now,” he said. “We won’t see it next week or the week after that.
“We won’t see the first signs of this until February.
“The vaccination program gives hope, but to fight the virus today we have to stick to the guidelines today.”