We shouldn’t dismiss ‘incidental’ covid-19 infections in UK hospitals

Statistics for covid-19 in hospitals aren’t overblown, because even if people are in hospital for something else, adding covid-19 into the equation puts an extra burden on health services 


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5 April 2022

Images of NHS staff outside St George’s Hospital, London

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The UK is currently experiencing a surge in covid-19 cases caused by the omicron variant, in common with many countries. Inevitably, the number of people in UK hospitals with the illness is also rising, and reached 2509 people admitted on 28 March – just over half the daily admissions seen at the highest peak of the pandemic in the UK in January 2021, when it reached more than 4500 per day.

In the current wave, covid-19 is causing less severe illness than in previous …


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