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Covid deaths are up 16% as the hospitalization rate has been highest since February

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The rate of Covid-19 hospital admissions in England has risen to its highest level since February, new figures show.

The number of people dying from the virus has also increased by 16 percent compared to the previous week, according to government reports, although the cases are declining.

In the week ending October 24, the number of coronavirus admissions was 8.4 per 100,000 people, figures from the UK Health Safety Authority (HSA) showed. That was up from 7.5 the previous week, according to the HSA’s weekly Covid monitoring report.

It’s the highest admission rate since the week leading up to February 21, when the UK struggled with a wave of Covid that killed around 500 people every day.

The West Midlands was the part of the country with the highest rate.

Separate figures released by the government showed an additional 165 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the total to 140,206 in the UK. This increased the number of deaths over seven days by 16.2 percent compared to the previous week.

And by 9 a.m. on Thursday, there were an additional 39,842 laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the government said. This meant the cases reported between October 22 and 28 were down 9.8 percent compared to the previous seven days.

The numbers came after Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific advisor, warned the UK was in “a very uncertain phase” of the pandemic.

In conversation with BBC Radio 4 today program, Sir Patrick said the country must stand ready to take tough action to contain the spread of the virus.

He said, “There is considerable uncertainty as to which direction this is going. It is wrong to believe that building immunity is an all-or-nothing – it is some kind of protective barrier that will reduce the spread of the virus, so we will need to monitor this carefully over the next few weeks and months.

“You absolutely have to be prepared [for ‘plan B’] and as soon as you start to think, ‘Am I or won’t I? It looks close, “is the time it takes to overcome your natural reluctance and go for it.

“Obviously this is something that the government needs to consider carefully, but we must be ready to act quickly on this.”

The rates of new Covid cases in school children in England have fallen slightly in the past week, the HSA data showed, although cases are still highest among 10-19 year olds.

But the number of cases continues to rise in all age groups. For 40 to 49 year olds, the current rate of 592.7 per 100,000 inhabitants is the highest since the beginning of January, while the rates for the age groups between 50 and 79 have reached their highest level since mid-January.

There is a broad east-west divide in the regional case numbers, as the numbers show. In the north-east of England, the east of England, London and the south-east, rates have increased week by week. All other regions recorded a decline.

South West England has the highest rate at 665.9 cases per 100,000 population, although that has fallen slightly from week to week from 682.6.

London has the lowest rate at 281.7 compared to 259.3.

Additional reporting by PA

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