Rise in hospitalisations slows

The average number of people being hospitalised with Covid, the disease caused by coronavirus, is now increasing at a slower pace than in recent days. The number of new cases of coronavirus detected remains more or less stable.

On average in the week to 6 March 147 patients with Covid were hospitalised each day. The figure is up 2% on the week. Yesterday the week-on-week rise was still 8%.  In previous days figures of plus 23%, 20% and 21% were recorded.

On Saturday 141 patients were hospitalised.  173 were discharged.

1,879 patients are currently in hospital with Covid.  416 are in intensive care.  230 are on a ventilator.

In the week to 3 March on average 27 deaths a day were linked to Covid.  The figure is up nearly 7% on the week. 

On average during the last seven-day observation period, the week to 3 March, 2,345 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed each day.  The figure is 3% down on the week. It’s the second day in a row the figure is slightly down.

On average 42,00 tests are carried out each day in the week to 3 March.  The figure is up 6% on the week.

6.3% of tests came back positive.

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