The number of Covid-19 patients in need of ventilator treatment has risen by 41% in one week in the UK, and the National Health Service (NHS) remains “under huge pressure”, according to the Deputy CEO of NHS providers.
Saffron Cordery of NHS providers representing healthcare Trusts has expressed concern about the recent influx of patients in need of ventilation, with the rate rising 41% in the last week in the UK.
Government speak up shows that there were 250 Covid patients on mechanical ventilation beds across UK hospitals on 22 June – up from 136 on 1 June.
In a speech to the BBC’s breakfast program, Cordery said the NHS Trusts continue to feel the strain of the pandemic and other urgent treatments being delayed. “They have plans to tackle the backlog, but with more Covid cases and demand for emergency care, it’s really challenging,” she told the TV station.
At the end of February, the NHS England estimated that a total of 4.7 million people were waiting for treatments that had been canceled or postponed by the health service due to the pandemic.
A survey published Wednesday by NHS providers reiterated Cordery’s concerns and highlighted what the organization had called “Challenges on several fronts” for health workers due to the ongoing pandemic. The survey found that 88% of NHS Trust executives were concerned that an increase in Covid cases could put further pressure on already strained services, while 89% were concerned that this extra pressure would come in the winter months.
UK government data showed that per. As of June 20, 1,378 Covid patients are in UK hospitals. During the first wave of the pandemic, a peak of approx. 22,000 Covid patients admitted to hospital around the UK, while this figure rose to a new high of 40,000 in January 2021 during the second wave.
Recent data from an Imperial College London REACT study suggests that the younger groups, children between 5-12 and adults aged 18-24, are the age groups where infection is currently most prevalent.
The Delta variant has accelerated the recent rise in UK Covid cases, with around 10,140 cases registered every day according to. However, the rapid vaccination campaign has helped tackle any similar hospitalization or death. Currently, over 60% of the UK population has received two doses of vaccine, government figures show.
On Wednesday, the UK government announced 16,135 new cases, the highest one-off total in the UK since early February.
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