How many Covid-19 patients are being treated in hospitals in the East of England?

During June and July the number of patients being treated in hospital for coronavirus was beginning to increase.

The number of positive coronavirus cases in the Anglia region has also continued to increase.

There were 354 coronavirus patients in hospitals in the East of England on Tuesday 27 July which was 100 more than during the previous week - an increase of 39%.

For comparison, the number of coronavirus patients being treated in hospitals in the East of England reached 4,306 in the middle of January 2021.

The pressure on the NHS is one of the key measures the government uses to decide the level of restrictions needed to curb the Covid infection rate.

At one point during early January, up to 500 people a day were being admitted to hospitals in the East of England for treatment for coronavirus. By the end of March, the average daily figure was below 30.

There are 19 major hospitals in the East of England and a number of smaller local hospitals.

Bar chart of daily hospital admissions in the East of England for Covid patients

The NHS East of England region including hospitals in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Milton Keynes, Norfolk and Suffolk. Hospitals in Northamptonshire and Rutland are in the NHS Midlands region

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