The chief executive of NHS providers, Chris Hopson has said on Monday that hospital admissions are “rising relatively slowly,” but it is nothing like the rates that the country saw in previous waves.
Hopson told Times Radio, “Two weeks ago, on 4 June, we had 800 COVID-19 patients in hospital; as of Friday it was 1,170.
“In November there were 14,700 and (in the) January/February peak, there were 34,000 people in hospitals with COVID-19.
“It’s rising relatively slowly but it’s nowhere near anything like the kind of numbers we’ve had in previous waves.”
He warned that younger people and those who have not been vaccinated are coming into hospital.
Hopson added, “In terms of who is coming into hospital, it tends to be younger people, people who haven’t been vaccinated, and it’s very, very few people who’ve had double vaccinations and the chance to have that two to three-week protection build-up.
“So that’s why we’re continuing to say with increasing optimism that the vaccines have broken the chain between the community infections with Covid-19, and the very high level of hospitalisations that we’ve seen in previous waves, but for this set of variants; we don’t know what variants are going to come in future.”