New figures show that over half of ‘COVID patients’ in hospitals in England are primarily being treated for something else.
Official statistics count 13,023 patients with COVID on Tuesday, but 6,767 were not being treated principally for the virus.
That means 52 per cent of hospital patients being considered to be ‘COVID patients’ aren’t actually COVID patients at all.
In London, the number is even higer, with 64 per cent of ‘COVID’ patients in hospital for a different reason.
Back in September, the number of patients who were being counted as COVID patients despite being treated for something else stood at around 23 per cent, meaning the figure has risen by 29 per cent in four months.
“The growing proportion of patients who are in hospital “with” COVID rather than “for” it is another sign that the current wave of the virus has not led to the same sort of pressure on critical care as in previous waves,” reports Sky News.
As we previously highlighted, a significant number of these COVID patients also only caught COVID after entering hospital for a different ailment.