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Weekly Covid hospital admissions fall by one-fifth but bed occupancy rises

The number of people in hospital with coronavirus in Peterborough and Huntingdon has risen, according to the latest NHS data.
Peterborough city hospital
Three further deaths have been reported at Peterborough City Hospital. Photo: John Baker

As of September 14, the total number of beds at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (NWAFT) hospitals occupied by Covid-19 patients was 64. This is the highest number of coronavirus patients since March 21.

Eight patients currently require the use of mechanical ventilation beds.

But the data indicates that reported admissions and hospital diagnoses have fallen over the past two weeks.

In the seven days to August 29, there were 51 reported Covid-19 admissions to hospital and diagnoses in hospital.

Three of these were from care homes and 37 were admissions from the community.

In comparison, 41 admissions were recorded to September 12.

Of these, 36 were admissions from the community and two were from care homes.

Comparing these two weeks, the number of admissions and diagnoses within hospitals has fallen by around 19.6%.

Since September 13, three more deaths have been recorded at Peterborough City Hospital.

Caroline Walker, chief executive for NWAFT, said: "I can confirm that, sadly, 728 patients being cared for in our Trust have passed away since we began reporting Covid-19-related deaths. 

"There have been 233 at Hinchingbrooke Hospital and 495 at Peterborough City Hospital. 

"All patients were aged 30 to 105 years old and the majority of those had pre-existing health conditions. 

"Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patients' families and loved ones at this difficult time."