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Number of COVID-19 patients in Scotland’s hospitals drops by 12 percent

Published on 25/08/22 at 09:31am

The number of COVID-19 patients in Scotland’s hospitals has fallen by over 12 percent, as shown by the latest weekly figures.

Public Health Scotland identified that, in the week ending Auugust 21, there were approximately 819 patients with the virus receiving in-patient care. This is a 12.3 percent decrease from the previous week.

During the course of that week, there were a total of 3724 positive COVID-19 cases were reported. Public Health Scotland added that there were 353 new admissions to hospital during that week as well.

There were also ten new admissions to intensive care, following a laboratory-confirmed test of COVID-19.

Public Health Scotland’s latest COVID-19 report said: “Following a peak in early April 2022, the average number of patients in hospital with COVID-19 was decreasing until early June 2022, before rising again until mid-July 2022.

“In recent weeks COVID-19 hospital occupancy has decreased, but levels remain high.”

From next month, a new booster jab will be offered to everyone in the UK aged 50 and over, as well as to those with underlying health conditions, to maximise protection against future waves.

Sarah Crofts, head of analytical outputs for the ONS Covid-19 infection survey, has commented: “Infections have continued to fall across much of the UK to levels last seen in mid-June.

“Our latest data show these decreases are among nearly all ages in England, with the lowest levels seen among children.

“We will continue to monitor the data closely to understand the impact of the summer holidays.”

Lina Adams

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