Hospital admissions fall as average infection rate tops 30,000 a day


The number of coronavirus patients in hospital is still falling despite the surge in positive tests, latest figures show.

A total of 1,360 people are currently being treated in hospital, down 72 on Wednesday. Of them 358 are in intensive care. A month ago, the figure was 630 and experts feared it would rise even further.

New admissions to ordinary wards reached 100 in the 24 hours to Thursday morning, down from the weekly average of 129.

Another 33,436 cases of coronavirus were recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the seven-day average figure to 31,117.

Officials said later on Thursday the figures may not be complete because of computer problems.

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