Record Covid infections in UK as hospital numbers exceed previous peak of pandemic

Published on December 29, 2020 by

The number of patients being treated for Covid in England’s hospitals is higher than it was at the previous peak in April this year — putting intense pressure on the NHS.

It came as a record 40,000 new infections were reported in the UK in 24 hours. In the south of England doctors are reporting that “the level of patient need is incredibly high”.

Conditions in many Welsh hospitals are said to be “very challenging” while doctors in Scotland say there’s a danger that health services will be “overwhelmed”.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by health editor Hugh Pym.

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