London Covid: Hospital admissions rose by almost 50% as Omicron sweeps capital

Covid-related hospital admissions are on the rise in London as the Omicron variant continues to tear through the city after Christmas.

More than 3,000 people now have Covid in the capital’s hospitals – the highest number since the end of January 2021.

That comes as figures show that one in 10 Londoners had coronavirus last week, as the Omicron tribe has brought parts of London to a standstill, causing pipe cancellations and increasing pressure on parts of the NHS.

READ MORE: The very first Omicron symptoms that struck within 2 days after catching the virus

Although research suggests that Omicron has a much lower chance of hospitalizing people, the record number of cases is causing its own crisis with key workers and hospitality staff being forced to isolate,

A hospital fund in London registered nearly 900 employees on sick leave due to self-isolation.



Hundreds of key workers isolate themselves due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid
Hundreds of key workers isolate themselves due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid

There were 437 Covid-19 hospital admissions in London on December 27, according to NHS England – an increase of 45% week-on-week and the highest number since January 28.

During the second wave of the pandemic, admissions peaked at 977 on January 6 – more than double the current number.

In the UK, 1,751 admissions were reported on 27 December, an increase of 65% week-on-week and the highest number since 5 February.

Admissions during the second wave peaked in London with 4,134 on 12 January.

The number of Covid-19 admissions includes people who have been hospitalized within the previous 24 hours and who were known to have Covid-19, plus patients diagnosed at the hospital with Covid-19 in the previous 24 hours.

A total of 10,462 people were in hospital in England with Covid-19 from 6 p.m. 08.00 today (December 29).

This is a 48% increase from a week earlier and is the highest figure since March 1.

During the second wave of the pandemic, the number peaked at 34,336 on January 18th.

In London, 3,310 people were hospitalized with Covid-19 on 29 December, an increase of 63% week-on-week and the highest number since 16 February.

The second wave peak for London was 7,917 on January 18 – more than double the current rates.

It comes as Londoners are ready to enjoy New Year’s Eve with an open hospitality sector, unlike in Scotland and Wales, where leaders Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford have closed the nightclubs.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said this to the “success” of the vaccine rollout – but said there are more than two million double-jabbed Britons who have not yet taken up their booster.



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Asked why England had acted differently from the decentralized nations, Mr Johnson told reporters: “I think we have looked at the balance between the risks together, we generally coordinate our strategies together, we see data showing, that yes, cases are rising, and yes, hospital admissions are rising, but what makes a huge difference is the level of booster resistance or the level of vaccine-induced resistance in the population.

“What we need to do now is really finish that work. I have no doubt at all that by January 1, by New Year, all the adults in the country will have been offered the place to get a booster. They get a room to get one.

“The question is, are we getting people to come forward to take advantage of these slots? And that’s what needs to happen.”

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