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 for coronavirus in the Anglia region has started to increase during October.

There were 612 coronavirus patients in hospitals in the East of England on Thursday 21 October which was 151 more than on the same day in the previous week. Generally hospitals are seeing the same number of Covid patients as they did in March.

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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