High number of Covid patients in Bristol hospitals as 14 battling on ventilators

More than 100 people were battling coronavirus in Bristol’s hospitals last week – and 14 of them are so ill they need help to breathe.

There are fears the Omicron wave of the variant, which the Prime Minister said has “exploded”, could push the NHS over the edge of collapse unless it is brought under control imminently.

Boris Johnson said today (Monday December 20) that he will “rule nothing out” when it comes to tightening rules, but he did not confirm rumours that England could be heading for tougher restrictions in a matter of days.

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Almost 900 new cases of the virus were recorded today in Bristol city alone, with hundreds more in the wider West of England region.

The hospital figures lag behind slightly and the latest are for Tuesday, December 14.

On that date 57 covid patients were being cared for at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, which runs facilities including the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and Weston General Hospital.

Four of those patients were on ventilation beds, usually reserved for those who are seriously ill and struggling to breathe unaided.

At North Bristol NHS Trust, which runs Southmead Hospital, there were 48 covid patients in hospital on that same date and 10 on ventilation.

The most covid patients it has ever had in ventilation beds at any one time was 32, according to Government records, which was on January 21 of this year.

University Hospitals’ figure peaked the following day, January 22, when 36 patients were on ventilation.

The breakdown of new coronavirus case numbers recorded today are below, with the total number since the pandemic began compared to the daily rise in brackets:

  • Bristol – 85,020 (+873)
  • North Somerset – 32, 185 (+239)
  • South Gloucestershire – 48,339 (+283)
  • Bath and North East Somerset – 31,037 (+257)

In South Gloucestershire, one more person has died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus.

Nationally there were another 91,743 cases recorded today, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 11,453,121.

Another 44 have died after testing positive, meaning the death toll is now at 147,261 excluding those who did not have their case confirmed by a test result.

Nationally there were 7,482 covid patients in hospitals as of December 14, and 879 were in ventilator beds.

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