London hospitals are under increasing pressure as 5,600 Covid patients were admitted in eight days –

They show an increase in coronavirus admissions in recent days that threatens to overwhelm some hospitals in the capital.

There were 6,733 Covid-19 patients in city hospitals as of Monday, significantly higher than the first wave peak of 5,201 on April 9, with 814 so seriously ill that they are hooked up to ventilators.

An additional 82 people deaths were announced in London, within 28 days of testing positive for the virus, bringing the total for the pandemic to 8,774.

The death rate has dropped significantly since the first wave as doctors have become more adept at treating the disease, even with specific drugs and different techniques.

However, the number of admissions to Covid is increasing, with 5,667 in the eight days to Jan.2, including 828 on New Year’s Eve.

Some hospitals, including St George’s in Tooting, southwest London, Royal Free in Camden, Barts Health, which runs several hospitals in East London, and Barking, Havering and Redbridge Trust, have already been forced to postpone operations due to to pressure from Covid.

Eleven counties have a seven-day rate of more than 1,000 new cases a week per 100,000 residents, including Barking and Dagenham at 1,420.8, Rebridge at 1,351.8 and Newham at 1,254.2, and the eastern city is still particularly hard hit by the epidemic.

The seven-day rate for London hit a new second wave high of 950.7 in the week to December 30, with no comparative figures for the first wave.


The prime minister said hospitals across the country are 40% busier than the first peak of the virus in April.

In his address to the nation, Johnson said: “Our hospitals are under more pressure from Covid than at any time since the start of the pandemic.

“In England alone, the number of Covid patients has increased by almost a third in the last week to almost 27,000.

“That number is 40 percent higher than the first peak in April.”

He said that across the UK, a record number of people tested positive for coronavirus on December 29, more than 80,000, although in the days before the numbers were lower than expected due to the Christmas holidays, which could have delayed some people looking for proof.

Johnson said the death toll increased 20 percent over the past week in the past week and “will sadly continue to rise.”

It comes after UK medical directors raised the Covid-19 alert level to five, the highest, meaning ‘transmission is high or exponentially increasing’ and ‘there is a material risk that services health are overwhelmed. ‘

Indicates a risk that healthcare services will be overwhelmed within 21 days without urgent action.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chairman of the Board of the British Medical Association, said: “Hospitals are on edge, and doctors are reporting excruciating workloads as they take on more Covid-19 admissions alongside the growing backlog of people who They need other non-Covid care.

“Vaccination of healthcare workers must be significantly accelerated so that healthcare and care personnel across the country have priority to receive the first and second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to help keep them virus-free, so May they continue to provide the care that so many people need.

NHS Providers CEO Chris Hopson said patients were being admitted to hospital at an “alarming rate.”


He added: “The closure announcement will help, but only if everyone follows the rules.

“As the Prime Minister stated, the launch of the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine means that there is an end in sight and the NHS is working tirelessly to deliver the largest vaccination program in history.

“But for now, the NHS needs the public to do their part and stay home.”

In Hounslow, there were 2764 cases in the week to December 30, an increase of 816 (41.9%) with a rate of 1,018, Sutton 2,154 cases, 539 (33.4%) with a rate of 1,043.9, Newham 4,429 cases, up to 940 (26.9%) with a rate of 1,254.2, Hillingdon 2,925 cases, up to 617 (26.7%) with a rate of 953.2, Brent 2,916 cases, up to 617 (26.8%) with a rate of 884.2, Ealing 2,858 cases, up to 600 (26.6%) with a rate of 836.1, Town 2346 cases, 478 (25.6%) with a rate of 934.1, Barking and Dagenham 3,025 cases, 595 (24.5%) with a rate of 1,420.8, Barnet 3,840 cases, up to 753 (24.4%) with a rate of 970, Greenwich 2,771 cases, 475 (20.7%) more with a rate of 962.3, Kingston 1,365 cases, 215 (18.7%) with a rate of 769, Merton 2,060 cases, up to 317 (18.2%) with a rate of 997.3, Lewisham 2,736 cases, up to 404 (17.3%) with a rate of 894.6, Enfield 3,970 cases, up to 513 (14.8%) with a rate of 1,189.4, Camden 1,696 cases, 218 (14.7%) with a rate of 628.1, and Croydon 3730 cases, up to 459 (14%) with a rate of 964.5.

Redbridge saw 4126 cases, up to 456 (12.4%) with a rate of 1351.8, Haringey 2,651 cases, up to 286 (12.1%) with a rate of 986.8, Bromley 3,461 cases, up to 362 (11.7%) with a rate of 1,041.4, Southwark 2,684 cases, 153 (6%) more with a rate of 841.8, Tower Hamlets 3,695 cases, up to 206 (5.9%) with a rate of 1,137.8, Kensington y Chelsea 902 cases, 44 (5.1%) with a rate of 577.7, Waltham Forest 2,945 cases, 141 (5%) more with a rate of 1,063.2, Richmond 1,272 cases, up to 25 (2%) with a rate of 642.4, Islington 1749 cases, up to 32 (1.9%) with a rate of 721.3, Hammersmith y Fulham 1,268 cases, 23 (1.8%) with a rate of 684.9, and Westminster 1,431, eight (0.6%) with a rate of 547.6.

Lambeth had 2,618 cases, 12 (0.5%) with a rate of 803, Hackney and City of London 2483, 41 (1.6%) with a rate of 853.7, Bexley 2,823 cases, 71 (2.5%) with a rate of 1,137, Wandsworth 2,447 cases, 271 (10%) with a rate of 742.2, and Havering 3,064 cases, 367 (10.7%) with a rate of 1,180.5.

Health and disease experts said a new national lockdown was inevitable and necessary given the rapid spread of the coronavirus variant across the country.

Dr Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said the point had been reached where national lockdown restrictions were needed “immediately” and called on people to abide by the measures while health workers fight the virus in the front.

He said: “Healthcare workers are working with selfless and inspiring dedication, but demand is overwhelming the capacity for what these amazing professionals can deliver.

“They must have our full support, which means that we all abide by the restrictions, helping to reduce the transmission of this terrible virus and ultimately reducing preventable deaths and hospitalizations.”

Oxford University Professor Sir Gordon Duff, former co-chair of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), added: “There is no doubt that we are facing difficult times, but vaccines will give us an eventual victory.”

Sage member Professor Calum Semple said easing restrictions in some areas during the holiday period, and the new, more transmissible variant, made new national measures inevitable.

The University of Liverpool academic told Sky News: “We are only now seeing the beginning of the price we have to pay for the mix of Christmas Eve and Christmas.

“With that and the new variant, it was inevitable that we would have to close strongly at this stage.”

His comments were shared by Professor Neil Ferguson, a member of the Government Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats (Nervtag).

He said: “The new variant made these measures inevitable and necessary.

“The next few weeks will show if they are enough to suppress the new, much more transmissible variant that now predominates in the country.”

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