Top three areas in England with highest Covid hospitalizations in over a year

As cases have risen in the UK over the last month, three English regions have recorded their highest number of patients with Covid in a year

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: Ambulance crew deliver patients to Royal London Hospital on December 23, 2021 in London, England. A study published yesterday by Imperial College London showed that people with confirmed infections with the Covid-19 Omicron variant were 40-45 per cent less likely to spend a night or more in hospital compared to the Delta variant of the virus. Other early studies show that Omicron is milder than Delta for most people, but UK authorities warn the data is still preliminary. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Three English regions have recorded the highest number of hospitalized patients with Covid in over a year

The South East, South West and now East of England have all reported the highest number of people hospitalized with Covid in over a year.

East of England is the latest region to start recording patient counts last measured in February 2021.

This means all three regions have surpassed any flare-ups recorded in early 2022 or the second half of 2021.

As of March 29, 1,739 people with Covid were in hospitals in eastern England.

That’s the highest since February 17 last year, according to PA analysis of NHS England data.

Along with the east of England, the south east also has its highest level since February 17, with 2,199 patients.

Paramedics bring a patient from an ambulance to the Royal London Hospital


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Meanwhile, South West England has 1,662, the highest since February 3, 2021.

However, in all three regions, about half of the people hospitalized with the deadly virus were being treated primarily for something other than the coronavirus.

But all three regions saw a noticeable increase in patients testing positive for Covid, with week-on-week increases of 23% in the south-west, 12% in the south-east and 9% in east England.

This is further evidence of the increasing resurgence of the virus across the country.

The Midlands appear to be the next region to surpass their peak as they recently recorded 2,766 Covid patients, not too far from their peak of 3,155.

The increase in patient numbers is the result of the current increase in infections in most parts of the UK caused by the Omicron BA.2 variant.

If patients within the NHS test positive, they will need to be treated separately from the rest of the hospital, putting an additional strain on the hospital’s resources.

The total number of people in hospital with Covid in England stands at 15,411, an 18 per cent week-on-week increase but only the highest since January 19 this year.

But in Scotland, the number of patients hit a record high of 2,383 on Monday.

There are now 19,118 Britons hospitalized with Covid across the UK, around half of the pandemic peak of nearly 40,000.

Covid cases in the UK have been increasing since last February


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Across Britain, 4.26 million people are likely to have contracted coronavirus in the week to March 19 – just below the 4.30 million in the first week of 2022, the highest total since estimates began.

This is because free lateral flow tests will no longer be freely available to the majority of the population as of Friday, according to new government plans.

Only small groups, including NHS workers, will continue to have access to the free tests, which have become a cornerstone of this country’s response to the pandemic.

Health Minister Sajid Javid


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Health Secretary Sajid Javid said testing will no longer be free for the vast majority of the UK public, meaning they will have to pay if they want to test under the new plans.

Even if someone is symptomatic, they will no longer be told to test, but will be told to isolate themselves until symptoms pass.

From April 1st, testing will be massively scaled back as part of the final stages of the government’s plan to live with Covid.

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