he variety of individuals with Covid-19 in hospital in England has fallen to its lowest degree since final Christmas, new figures present.
A complete of seven,034 sufferers have been in hospital as of 8am on Might 11, down 21% week-on-week, in response to NHS England.
That is the bottom determine since December 21 2021, when it stood at 6,902.
It was in late December that affected person numbers began to rise sharply, pushed by the unfold of the unique Omicron variant of coronavirus.
They peaked at 17,120 on January 10 2022, then fell again – solely to rise once more as a result of subsequent wave of infections attributable to Omicron BA.2, hitting a barely decrease peak of 16,600 on April 7.
Numbers have been dropping for the previous month, with all areas of England now exhibiting a gradual decline.
In south-east England, they’ve fallen to ranges final seen in mid-October 2021.
The pattern displays the big drop within the prevalence of the virus in current weeks, as reported by the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics in its common an infection survey.
An estimated 1.6 million individuals in personal households in England have been prone to have had Covid-19 within the week ending April 30, down from 2.4 million the earlier week and a document 4.1 million on the finish of March.
Regardless of the rise in sufferers throughout each of the Omicron-led waves, hospital numbers this 12 months have but to come back near matching the extent reached throughout the second wave of the virus, after they hit 34,336 in January 2021.
Round three in 5 of all Covid-19 sufferers in hospital trusts in England are being handled primarily for one thing else – up from 1 / 4 in autumn 2021.
All sufferers who’ve examined constructive for Covid-19 must be handled individually from those that should not have the virus, no matter whether or not they’re in hospital primarily for Covid or not.
However the soar within the proportion of sufferers who’re in hospital “with” Covid-19 slightly than “for” Covid-19 is one other signal that the current waves of the virus haven’t led to the identical kind of stress on crucial care as in earlier waves.