Experts have warned that the rise in Covid hospitalizations came at the worst possible time.
The NHS is already crippled by backlogs, unprecedented strikes and the pressures of winter, giving it little room to deal with other issues.
However, virus admissions have risen by a third in a week, according to official data indicating the winter wave is just beginning.
Dr Simon Clarke, an infectious disease expert at the University of Reading, said the increase would only add “extra stress” to the ailing health service.
Today’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures showed that there were 1.1 million people infected with the virus on any given day of the week up to December 5. It was the first time that one million cases had been breached since November 1 and was up 16 percent from 941,700 cases. recorded in the previous week
He said, “Hospitals will deal with patients differently so as not to infect the vulnerable who do not suffer from it.
“And most people in the hospital are at risk, and that’s why they’re there.
“So it only creates additional pressure on health services.”
Dr Clarke said staff would follow Covid protocols but having to manage this as well as routine winter stresses ‘makes their lives more difficult’.
Dr Simon Clarke (pictured), assistant professor of cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, warned of the impact this would have on an already ailing National Health Service (NHS).
He added: “Winters are traditionally difficult for the NHS, and we know this is nothing new and will only make it worse and exacerbate any problems.”
Dr Clarke also warned that because cases of flu are usually highest in January and February, the pressures on the NHS are likely to get worse.
UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) figures showed 965 coronavirus patients were admitted last Monday, the latest figures are available today.
This was up from 724 the previous week.
Covid hospital admission data includes patients who have been admitted for treatment of various diseases and who have tested positive for the virus.
But virus patients still have to be isolated in hospitals, adding pressure to struggling departments that are particularly understaffed on strike days.
Meanwhile, monitoring data shows more than a million people were infected on any given day in England last week.
It was the first time the one million cases had been breached since the beginning of November, when the virus’s profile began to wane.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) showed that 965 coronavirus patients were admitted on Monday, up from 724 the previous week.
These numbers are the latest sign that the flu is becoming more common in the population
In fact, this means that about one in 50 people are infected.
Cumbria was the hot spot, according to the Office for National Statistics.
As covid continues to grow, experts are getting more and more concerned about rising flu cases.
For the first time since the pandemic began, people with flu are being hospitalized at a higher rate than Covid, although both are on the rise.
According to NHS data, the acceptance rate for flu was 6.8 per 100,000 people in the week ending 11 December – nearly doubling from 3.9 per 100,000 in the previous week – while in the same week there was 6.6 per 100,000 for Covid.
There have been suggestions that if this trend continues, the UK could experience its worst flu outbreak since the winter of 2017/18, which killed 30,000 people.
This could not come at a worse time for the NHS, which is facing a record backlog – in October this year more than seven million people were known to be waiting for treatment – and also dealing with an outbreak of Strep A.
Experts warn that increased mixing indoors due to cold weather is leading to more people contracting bugs like the flu and Covid.
Some have also claimed that lockdown restrictions earlier in the pandemic reduced people’s immunity to winter viruses.
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