Variant hotspot seeing 'a lot younger' people hospitalised

Those who were last hospitalized in Bolton with the Covid-19 coronavirus were “much younger” than in previous waves of the pandemic, an NHS chief said.

The city to the north has been identified as a hotspot for the variant first identified in India, now called the Delta variant.

The UK government advises people to minimize travel to and from Bolton, along with Blackburn, Kirklees, Bedford, Burnley, Leicester, Hounslow and North Tyneside.

Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers, told BBC Breakfast on Saturday: “The people who came this time around were actually much younger and much less prone to very serious complications, less risk of death and that means they are less Had a need for intensive care.

“Based on this experience, we believe we can now say that it looks like the vaccines have broken the chain between being infected with Covid-19 and a potentially very, very serious illness and possible death.

“There were very, very few people who had these double impacts and who had this protective structure after these impacts.”

Mr Hopson also said the number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus variant first identified in India is increasing, but not significantly.

Chris Hopson told BBC Breakfast on Saturday that the number of people in Bolton hospital with Covid-19 peaked at 50, compared with 170 in November and 150 in January and February.

Mr. Hopson said, “Infection rates have increased in a number of different places.

“We know hospital admissions are increasing, the number of people being hospitalized in these areas. But they don’t rise very much. “

He added, “Areas that were at the forefront of this wave, areas like Bolton, are particularly interesting that they have now reached a point where their infections in the community have receded.”

However, an epidemiologist advising the government has said the Delta variant of Covid-19 coronavirus, first identified in India, could see “large numbers” of people hospitalized.

Dr. Adam Kucharski, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said the UK is now facing a different battle given the dominance of the Indian variant, which means it may be “hard to justify” easing further restrictions this month .

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