NHS confirms London hospital Covid death toll as inpatients hits a record high

NHS England reported a further 1,079 Covid-19 deaths in London hospitals in the latest weekly data, accounting for nearly 20 per cent of the total Covid deaths in England.

The drastic increase, which relates to the week ending January 18, is partly due to more admissions in younger people and improving medical techniques leading to longer hospital stays for inpatients.

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The latest figures bring the overall number of London hospital coronavirus fatalities to 10,927, compared to 62,295 in England.

The news comes as the number of London inpatients hits a record high at almost 8,000 compared to 4,000 on Christmas day.

At the Royal London in Whitechapel (the capital’s largest hospital), 12 of its floors have Covid patients, 10 of which are treating people so sick they require a ventilator.

The numbers are especially alarming as data reveals the capital has been given the lowest number of vaccinations in England’s regions so far.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said in a statement: “The number of Covid cases in London is extremely high and it’s absolutely vital that vulnerable Londoners are given access to the life-saving vaccines as quickly as possible.

“I have been calling for a fair share of vaccine supply in London, and I was greatly encouraged by hearing from the Minister for Covid Vaccine Deployment, Nadhim Zahawi, that the Government is listening.

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“The supply of vaccines and the number of places across London where people can get a jab will both now increase.

“Towards the end of the week, I fully expect to see an increase in the number of vaccinations in London.

“I will continue to work closely with the minister to ensure the Government fully understands the great need and urgency to roll the Covid vaccine out quickly to the most vulnerable Londoners as well as our heroic health and care workers.”

Below is a chart of recently announced deaths in Hospitals:

Source: NHS England

12 Jan 13 Jan 14 Jan 15 Jan 16 Jan 17 Jan 18 Jan
London No positive test 13 12 5 14 13 4 16
London Positive test 202 185 129 173 154 115 121
Rest of England No positive test 41 33 26 27 23 7 21
Rest of England Positive test 810 699 678 598 477 417 721

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