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More than 50 Covid inpatients at Trust hospitals - but city's case rate drops

More than 50 Covid-19 patients are being treated in local hospitals, the most recent NHS data shows.
The number of beds occupied by Covid patients at Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke hospitals has risen by 43%

On August 17, there were 53 inpatients confirmed to have Covid-19 at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (NWAFT) hospitals.

This is a return to the levels of spring; 53 beds were occupied by Covid patients on March 25.

On August 10, NWAFT hospitals reported 37 occupied beds, meaning there's been a 43% increase in occupied beds in the space of a week.

There were 32 reported admissions and hospital diagnoses in the seven days to August 15, which was down from the week before. To August 8, a total of 46 new patients were confirmed to be positive in or admitted to hospital.

Last week, Dr Kanchan Rege, chief medical officer at NWAFT, told Peterborough Matters: “The patients currently being treated and admitted to our hospitals with Covid-19 are predominantly those in the younger age brackets.”

Figures published on August 19 show that around half of those aged 18 to 29 - and 44% of those in their 30s - have yet to take up the offer of a vaccine.

Almost 70% of those in their 40s and 80% of those in their 50s have had at least one dose of the Covid-19 jab.

But the rolling case rate for Peterborough has seen a week-on-week fall, despite still being in the top five in England.

In the week to August 16, there were 997 diagnosed cases in the Peterborough local authority. This is 23 less than the week prior and gives the city a rolling case rate of 492.0 per 100,000, down from 503.4.