A third of patients who tested positive for Covid-19 were hospitalized for a different reason, data released today at noon shows.
A total of 67% of patients with Covid were treated primarily for their coronavirus symptoms, according to new figures from the NHS England, reports PA.
This is a decrease from 71% a week earlier and 74% in early December.
The number treated primarily for Covid-19 rose from 4,432 on December 21st to 5,578 on the 28th jump from 51%).
The chairman of the British Medical Association said today that around 25,000 people hospitalized in the run-up to Christmas had tested positive for Covid-19.
Dr. However, Chaand Nagpaul said the information on whether these 25,000 people were hospitalized for their coronavirus symptoms and not for other health reasons is “data that I don’t have and data that is really important is being provided” .
“We have to distinguish between the two,” said Dr. Nagpaul.
Earlier this week, Matthew Taylor, chairman of the NHS Confederation, said “many” people with Covid are not actually being admitted to the hospital because of the virus.
The rising number of NHS staff absenteeism has led the Prime Minister to call an emergency meeting of the Cobra government.
About 24,632 employees of NHS hospital trusts in England had contracted the Covid-19 coronavirus or had to self-isolate on Boxing Day, 31% more than 18,829 a week earlier.
The ONS’s latest estimates suggest that up to 2.3 million people in the UK were infected with Covid-19 in the week leading up to December 22nd.
In England this corresponded to every 25th person in private households – in London even one in 15 people.
A top scientist said that people only need to be exposed to a “breath of infected breath” to catch the variant of Omicron.
Professor Peter Openshaw, who is on the Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats (Nervtag), told BBC Breakfast: “Omicron is so contagious. We’re really lucky it wasn’t as contagious when it was first transmitted from person to person. “
Ministers have been warned they must be ready to apply restrictions “at the pace” in England as the NHS moves into an emergency situation to deal with a possible surge in Covid-19 patients.
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