Already a THIRD more Covid patients in hospital than April as 25,000 struck down – and peak 'is two weeks away'
THERE are already a third more Covid patients in hospitals than in April, with 25,000 admitted battling the virus.
Experts say the peak of this wave is two weeks away, with hospitals and medics struggling with the increase of cases.
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Christina Pagel, director of the Clinical Operational Research Unit at University College London, said: “There are now almost 25,000 people with Covid-19 in English hospitals — 32 percent more than the April peak.”
In April the country saw a peak of admissions of Covid patients of 18,974, now it is 24,957.
Dr Pagel wrote in London, which has been in Tier 4 for two weeks, cases are doubling about every 14 days – adding "I can't tell you how scary I find this".
She warned: "Admissions are also now at April peak levels – *on top* of this much higher occupancy. *and* cases are *still* going up which they were not at April peak.
"We are still, at best, 2 weeks from peak – and that's *if* decisive action is taken *now*."
Around half of all major hospital trusts in England currently have more Covid-19 patients than at the peak of the first wave of the virus.
At the weekend we reported how University College Hospital revealed their intensive care unit was under "real pressure", and Royal London Hospital warned "things are going to get harder before they get better" in the fight.
A leaked memo from management at the Royal London Hospital revealed it was struggling to cope with the huge spike in coronavirus cases.
'I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW SCARY I FIND THIS'
The NHS has come under severe pressure as a highly contagious new strain of Covid tears through London and the South East, with health experts begging the public to stay at home.
The head of University College London Hospitals Trust warned they were getting to a point where they might only be able to admit patients with coronavirus.
Trust chief executive Professor Marcel Levi told The Guardian: "The 500-bed hospital has 220 Covid patients, with the numbers increasing by 5 per cent a day, but the real pressure is on intensive care where there are now 70 very sick patients, as there were in the spring, and the number is rising fast."
Gareth Grier, the Director of the Institute of Pre-Hospital Care, warned that the “impact of the surge on emergency departments this time is very different” from the Spring due to “bigger numbers”.
Urging hospitals to ensure adequate space for patients, he tweeted: “If covid patients are left in corridors then covid will spread like wildfire within the hospital.”
Mr Grier added that, as a result, medics had been forced to "cross a red line" and treat patients outside in ambulances and tents.
Yesterday we told how the UK's coronavirus death toll has surpassed the grim total of 75,000 – after 454 fatalities were recorded in 24 hours.
It was also the sixth day in a row that the Covid infection figure has broken 50,000, bringing the total number of positive tests in Britain to 2,654,779.
The growing death and case tolls come a day after Matt Hancock revealed more than one million Brits have now had the Covid vaccine while declaring the "end is in sight".
Mr Hancock tweeted yesterday: "Huge THANK YOU to everyone playing their part in the national effort to beat coronavirus.
A total of 697 vaccine centres have so far been set up in hospitals, GP surgeries, and public buildings across England – but NHS England data shows that 13million people live in a constituency where no site has yet been set up.
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