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Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Number of Britons hospitalised with coronavirus soars 25% in a DAY as Britain records 14,542 new cases and 76 more deaths

 

The number of Britons in the hospital with coronavirus (pictured: A graph showing the data) has soared by 25 per cent in a day, new data has today revealed, as figures show the UK has recorded 14,542 more infections - more than triple the number from a fortnight ago. In another blow to hopes the virus is being brought under control, official NHS data shows there were 478 new hospital admissions in England on Sunday - the most recent day figures are available for. 

The figure is 25 per cent increase on Saturday's data when 386 people were admitted to the hospital with Covid-19. It also represents a four-month high, the likes of which have not been seen since June 3, when the figure was 491. The latest surging stats come as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the UK, with 14,542 new cases recorded today - meaning the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 every day has tripled in a fortnight. Last Tuesday's data, which would normally be used to measure how much the UK's outbreak has grown in the last week, is unreliable due to a catastrophic counting error at Public Health England. It means Tuesday September 22 is the most recent point of reference - there were just 4,926 cases on that date

But while hospital admissions have increased, the number of people dying in hospital of the virus remains considerably lower than at the start of the pandemic. On top of that, figures show hospital admission figures are still low in some areas, such as the south of England.  

The latest surging stats come as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the UK, with 14,542 new cases recorded today - meaning the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 every day has tripled in a fortnight.

Last Tuesday's data, which would normally be used to measure how much the UK's outbreak has grown in the last week, is unreliable due to a catastrophic counting error at Public Health England. It means Tuesday September 22 is the most recent point of reference — there were just 4,926 cases on that date.

The extraordinary meltdown — caused by an Excel problem in outdated software at PHE — meant almost 16,000 cases went missing between September 25 and October 2, meaning the scale of the escalating crisis was vastly underestimated last week. 

Health chiefs recorded 12,594 coronavirus cases yesterday, which was also triple the figure of 4,368 recorded a fortnight before. The rolling seven-day average of daily infections — considered a more accurate measure because it takes into account day-to-day fluctuations — has also risen by a similar amount over the same time frame.

Another 76 coronavirus deaths were also recorded today, up 7 per cent on last week's 71 fatalities and more than double the number of victims posted the Tuesday before, when there were 35. Data also shows the rolling seven-day average number of daily deaths is 53, up from a record-low of seven in mid-August.

Although the curves are clearly trending the wrong way, the number of Covid-19 deaths and infections are still a far-cry from levels seen during the darkest days of the pandemic in spring, when more than 1,000 patients were dying and at least 100,000 Britons were catching the disease every day. 

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