United Kingdom: Older hospitalizations increase despite the decrease in cases

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United Kingdom: Older hospitalizations increase despite the decrease in cases

London, Thanasis Gavos

Another 179,756 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the last 24 hours in the United Kingdom. It is the first case reduction on a weekly basis in weeks, even by only 6%.

A new significant increase is recorded, however, in the deaths, with 231 in 24 hours and in the hospitalizations of Covid institutions, which now number 17,988. A total of 6,001 imports have been made in the last seven days.

Analysis of epidemiological data by the UK Health Insurance Agency shows a shift in the focus of the Omicron outbreak from London to the north-west of England, as well as an increase in the number of older people admitted to hospital as carriers of the Omicron variant.

The proportion of people over the age of 85 who are treated has doubled from 62 per 100,000 people per week by Christmas to 121 per 100,000 per week by New Year.

At the age of 75-84 there was also a large increase, from 28 to 57 per 100,000 population.

At younger ages the proportion was lower and at a slower rate of growth.

The conclusion of the experts is that Omicron, which started as a variant of the young, has now started to be transmitted to the older ones, who are also more vulnerable to a serious illness.

More encouraging are the figures for patients in need of ventilator support, as they remain at the same level as at the beginning of December, at 875.

The Health Insurance Agency also observes a slowdown in the rate of vaccination, either in the third or second dose, without immediately understanding whether this is due to the holidays.

The third installment has been made by 34.8 million citizens, a percentage of 60.6% of the population aged 12 and over.

It is also noted that as of January 2, there were 59,783 cases of possible coronavirus re-infection, a worrying ability attributed to Omicron.

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