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

Collage of NHS hospitals in the Anglia region - Southend, Kettering, Basildon and Northampton

The number of patients being treated in hospital with coronavirus in the Anglia region has begun to fall once again after a further wave of Covid infections caused cases to rise.

There were 776 patients with coronavirus in hospitals in the East of England on Wednesday 10 August which was 152 fewer than on the same day in the previous week, a decrease of 16%.

In comparison, there were 4,306 Covid patients being treated in the region's hospitals in mid January 2021 which was the highest figure recorded during the pandemic in this area.

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 2021, 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 2021, 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 patients with coronavirus

Bar chart of the number of people with coronavirus being treated in hospitals in the East of England

The NHS East of England region includes 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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