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Bolton Covid crisis: Hospital records rise in patients

A RISE in coronavirus cases in Bolton due to the Indian variant has triggered alarm at one hospital but the increase is said to be among patients who are yet to have “received a vaccine dose”.

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Over the past week, cases of the Indian variant have nearly tripled across the country, according to figures from Public Health England. Surge testing is already taking place in areas including Bolton, Blackburn, London, Sefton and Nottingham.

Over the last seven days, Bolton saw a 97 percent jump in coronavirus cases, with the total number reaching 473 on Thursday.

Now, Dr Francis Andrews, the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust medical director, warned while the number of people in hospital is still low, there has been an increase between those aged 35 to 65.

He said: “Whilst the number of people in the hospital with Covid-19 is still currently low compared to previous peaks, we have seen a modest increase in patients admitted with confirmed Covid-19 over the last week.

“A small number are requiring intensive care.

Bolton Hospital records new cases of Indian variant

Bolton Hospital records new cases of Indian variant (Image: Getty)

Bolton Hospital records new cases of Indian variant

Bolton Hospital records new cases of Indian variant (Image: Getty)

“The increase in admissions is seen across the age range from 35-65.

“The majority of patients have not received a vaccination dose, but many would have been eligible.”

Dr Andrews stressed how it is “essential” everyone who is offered the vaccine has it as it offers “excellent protections against” the virus.

The medical director added: “It is essential that everyone who is being offered the vaccine has it, as it offers excellent protection against Covid-19.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: Getty)

“We urge everyone to continue to follow the latest government guidance.

“Everyone must get tested if they develop symptoms or have come into contact with someone who has tested positive, or if they are asked to take part in screening.

“It is crucial that everyone continues to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

“All of these measures will help prevent further spread of Covid-19 and illness.”

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Coronavirus cases across the UK

Coronavirus cases across the UK (Image: Express)

The Indian variant is thought to be more transmissible than the dominant Kent variant which emerged across England last year.

According to Friday’s government figures, a further 17 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive test and another 2,193 coronavirus cases have been recorded.

During a press briefing last night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned the Indian variant could pose “serious disruption” to lockdown easing on June 21.

Mr Johnson warned: “I have to level with you that this new variant could pose a serious disruption to our progress and could make it more difficult to move to step four in June.”

UK praised for vaccine rollout

UK praised for vaccine rollout (Image: Getty)

He added: “But I urge everyone to exercise the greatest caution because the choices we each make in the coming days will have a material effect on the road ahead.”

However, he said he did not believe it was “impossible” to go ahead with the fourth step of England’s roadmap out of lockdown.

The Prime Minister said the public has “to be utterly realistic” and there was “the risk of disruption and delay”.

The wait between vaccination jabs will also be cut from 12 weeks to eight for the over-50s and those who are clinically vulnerable.

England records more cases of Indian variant

England records more cases of Indian variant (Image: Getty)

As of yesterday, more than 36,000,000 people across the UK have received at least one jab of the vaccine.

At least 19,319,010 people have received their second jab of a vaccine.

Currently, the vaccination programme across England is only open to people aged 38 and over.

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