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UK COVID-19 patients in hospitals rising rapidly

People Sit Outside A Pub Following The Outbreak Of The Coronavirus Disease (covid 19) In Manchester, Britain
Infections rates amongst young people are now beginning to spread to older age groups in parts of England REUTERS/Phil Noble

The number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals is rising rapidly in northern England and could outstrip the rate seen during the first wave of the virus, a senior health official said on Monday.

“We now have more patients in hospital with COVID-19 than we did when the government announced restrictions on March 23,” Stephen Powis, the National Medical Director of NHS England, told a media conference.

However the problem of increasing COVID-19 cases in England is not limited to the north of England, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam said on Monday.

“Pretty much all areas of the UK are now seeing growth in the infection rates,” Van Tam told a government briefing, presenting the latest data on infections.

He also said that high COVID-19 infections rates amongst young people are now beginning to spread to older age groups in parts of England predicting the pattern would continue elsewhere.

“This is, again, of a significant concern … because, of course, the elderly suffer a much worse course with COVID-19. They are admitted to hospital for longer periods, and they are more difficult to save,” Van-Tam said at a government briefing presenting charts on the spread of the virus.

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