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Coronavirus cases are up in hotspots – but hospital admissions for Covid are NOT, stats show

CORONAVIRUS cases are up in hotspots but hospital admission have fallen in June and July, new figures show.

Since the middle of July cases of the virus have been rising steadily in England, with new confirmed cases mainly being among the younger population who are less likely to become seriously ill from the virus.

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Despite this data from NHS England revealed that the number of people dying or being admitted to hospital with Covid-19 has been falling for months.

The government last night announced that further lockdown restrictions would be lifted on things such as bowling alleys and casinos.

It comes after the UK’s chief medical adviser Prof Chris Whitty said the country had “reached its limit” as to what could open up in society without the virus spreading.

Other experts have also previously warned that some activities that have been opened up may have to close in order for to schools to safely reopen in September.

Prof Neil Ferguson who resigned from the Government's advisory group Sage - said the reproduction rate could increase if higher educational settings are opened.

He also said that the country may not "get back to anything close to normal until spring".

Prof Ferguson said there will have to be "some tightening up of restrictions in other areas to maintain an overall low enough level of contacts so we don’t see levels of transmission increasing".

The data revealed that rising cases were not matched by an increase in the number of people in hospital in the NHS trusts that serve areas such as Leicester and Blackburn with Darwen.

Leicester in the Midlands was the first place in the country to be forced to implement local lockdown in June as cases started to rise in the area.

Weeks after Blackburn with Darwen followed suit and also implemented lockdowns after it overtook Leicester as having the most coronavirus cases.

Leicester saw 1,336 cases in July but only seven people were admitted to hospital.

In June the number of people admitted to hospital with Covid increased but was smaller than the rise in confirmed cases.

Looking at Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire and people being admitted to hospital fell from 54 in June to 13 in July - this is despite the fact that the number of infections more than doubled in July in the area.

As people start to go out and socialise more the data revealed that more cases are being identified between 15-44 year olds.

One expert said that this could explain the fall in hospitalisations.

Speaking to the BBC, Jason Oke, a researcher at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at Oxford University said there are “no signs of a second wave in the data”.

The data, which was released last night, also revealed that there are currently 270,971 cases of the virus in England.

In Northern Ireland there are 6,225, in Scotland 19,173 and in Wales 17,499.

The government states that this is calculated by the “total number of people with at least one lab-confirmed positive Covid-19 test result since the start of the pandemic in each area.”

Breaking this down on a regional scale and the data states that there are currently 24,479 in the East Midlands, 25,403 in the East of England and 36,538 in London.

In the North East there are 15,544, the North West has 49,919, the South East has 36,083 and the South West has 13,701.

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