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Hospital admissions with coronavirus (COVID-19)


The hospital admission rate of COVID-19-confirmed patients in England increased to 7.20 per 100,000 people in the week ending 17 October 2021. Trends in admission rates varied across age groups and the English regions.

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Hospital admissions of COVID-19-confirmed patients increased

Overall COVID-19-positive hospital admission rates per 100,000, England, weeks ending 9 August 2020 to 17 October 2021

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The hospital admission rate of COVID-19-confirmed patients in England increased to 7.20 per 100,000 people in the week ending 17 October 2021.

Last updated: 22/10/2021

Read more about this in National flu and COVID-19 surveillance report

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Hospital admissions by age

Positivity rates were highest in secondary school children, but hospital admissions and deaths were highest among older people

Estimated percentage of the population testing positive for COVID-19 in the week ending 16 October 2021, hospital admission rates in the week ending 17 October, and deaths registered in the week ending 8 October, by age, England

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Positivity rates were highest among secondary school children (school Years 7 to 11) in the latest week (week ending 16 October 2021). The positivity rate was lowest in adults aged 25 to 34 years and those aged 70 years and over. Hospital admission rates increased or remained similar in all age groups (week ending 17 October 2021). Admission rates remained the lowest in those aged between 5 to 14 years and highest in those aged 85 years and over.

The number of deaths involving COVID-19 decreased or remained the same in all age groups (week ending 8 October, England). The number of deaths involving COVID-19 was highest among those aged 75 years and over and lowest in children aged under 15 years.

Infection rates are from the Coronavirus Infection Survey, hospital admission rates are from the UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England) national flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports, and number of deaths from Deaths registered weekly in England and Wales, provisional.

Last updated: 22/10/2021

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Hospital admissions are now 74% higher for those aged 5 to 14 years than in January 2021

COVID-19-positive hospital admissions as a percentage of the rate during the January peak (rate in week ending 17 January = 100%), by age, England

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Hospital admission rates continue to be higher among older age groups but were much lower than the mid-January peak (week ending 17 January 2021) in the week ending 17 October 2021. Among those aged 45 to 54 years, admissions were almost five times lower than their mid-January peak while among those aged 85 years and over they were around seven times lower.

The admission rate among those aged 5 to 14 years remains higher than the mid-January peak, at 174% of the rate seen for this age group in the week ending 17 January 2021. Despite this, the hospital admission rate in this group was the lowest across all age groups.

The age differences in current rates compared with those seen in mid-January likely reflect the age prioritisation of the vaccination programme in England.

Last updated: 22/10/2021

Read more about this in National flu and COVID-19 surveillance report

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Hospital admissions by region

Deaths involving COVID-19 decreased in all English regions, but trends in hospital admissions varied

Change in hospital admission rates and numbers of deaths involving COVID-19 from previous week, England, weeks ending 17 October and 8 October 2021

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Hospital admission rates of COVID-19-confirmed patients decreased in the North East and London, but increased or remained similar in all other English regions in the week ending 17 October 2021. The largest increase was seen in the East Midlands.

The number of registered deaths involving COVID-19 decreased in all English regions in the week ending 8 October. The largest decreases were seen in Yorkshire and The Humber, the East of England and London (25, 24 and 23 fewer deaths respectively).

Hospital admission rates are from the UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England) national flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports, and number of deaths from Deaths registered weekly in England and Wales, provisional.

Last updated: 22/10/2021

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Further information


Data on hospital admissions presented here are collected by the UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England) and available on the GOV.UK coronavirus dashboard and national flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports. This data come from the Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) Watch surveillance system, which monitors the number of patients with confirmed flu and COVID-19 admitted to hospital and critical care units (ICU and HDU) in England. These data are provisional and subject to revision, and previous estimates may be updated in subsequent weeks.

To find out more about hospital admissions data visit our more information page.

More information on hospitals and health is available on each of the relevant nation's websites: Public Health Agency (PHA) for Northern Ireland, Public Health Scotland (PHS), and Public Health Wales (PHW).

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