Covid hospital patients drop below 10,000 for first time since November as pressure on NHS eases

John Dunne
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<p>The Royal London Hospital where wards have been dedicated to Covid patients</p> (AFP/Getty)

The Royal London Hospital where wards have been dedicated to Covid patients


The number of Covid-19 patients in hospital in England has dropped below 10,000 for the first time since the beginning of November, according to the latest figures from NHS England.

There were 9,594 coronavirus patients in hospital in England as of 8am on Wednesday, the first time it has dropped below 10,000 since November 1 when there were 9,623.

It is also a week-on-week drop of 26% from the 13,007 coronavirus patients in hospital in England on February 24 and a 72% drop from the peak of 34,336 coronavirus patients in hospital on January 18.

Meanwhile a further 204 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 83,733, NHS England said on Wednesday.

Patients were aged between 32 and 100.

All except seven, aged between 63 and 88, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between January 2 and March 2, with the majority being on or after February 27.

There were 35 other deaths reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

NHS England data also shows a total of 2,199,999 jabs were given to people in London between December 8 and March 2, including 2,114,110 first doses and 85,889 second doses.

This compares with 3,428,512 first doses and 103,782 second doses given to people in the Midlands, a total of 3,532,294.

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