The full hospital admissions figures for 2020 show how Leicester’s hospitals have seen the pandemic return with a vengeance.
Official figures show the number of people admitted to Leicestershire’s hospitals with Covid-19 started to rise again in September as the second wave hit the country.
And by mid-November the weekly average- which had peaked at about 35 in April – was already back up to 30.
A new national lockdown was in force between November 5 and December 2 and the affect – although delayed by a couple of weeks – is clear to see in the graph.
In just 10 days from November 17 to November 27 the average weekly figure falls from about 30 to about 18. However, the graph starts rising again even before the second national lockdown ends on December 2.
On December 13 the recorded weekly average is 35.1 – even higher than the April peak.
And even though the graph dropped a bit in the run up to Christmas, the line started creeping up again towards new year and by December 31 – the last day on the graph – the average is at just over 30 admissions per day.
By the end of the year the total number of Covid patients in beds was at its highest level so far, at more than 300, meaning more than 3,500 people had been treated in Leicester’s hospitals and more than 790 of them had died with the disease.
A hospital spokeswoman said at the end of December: “Doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff are working tirelessly to ensure we can safely continue to treat patients despite the significant and combined challenges of rising numbers of Covid-19 positive cases and annual winter pressures.
“We are grateful for the public’s continued support and co-operation.
“Please help us to help you by following the public health advice on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings.”
Since then a new national lockdown has been introduced as a new strain of the virus, which appears to be better at spreading, affects large areas of England and the rest of the UK.
The figures, which include Leicester’s three main hospitals, show eight patients with Covid-19 were admitted on Sunday, March 22 – the weekend the first lockdown began.
There was then a steep rise in the average number of patients with the virus, with average Covid-19 admissions soaring to 25 per day by the following Sunday.
The weekly average figure peaked at about 35 in early April, then things started to gradually improve.
The seven-day average figure shows things were getting better week by week, as the lockdown started having the expected affects.
In Leicester, the lockdown came to an end in mid-June, when shops, hairdressers and other public places were allowed to open.
The figures for Leicester do show things were already beginning to deteriorate in the first week of June, when average admissions rose from about five per week to about seven per week.
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The Government ordered a local lockdown for the city, which began at the end of June and the line gradually falls back down and by the second week of August the seven-day average was down to zero.
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