Elderly Covid hospital admissions plunge 90% from second wave peak in latest sign vaccine rollout is working

THE NUMBER of elderly patients hospitalised with Coronavirus in England has fallen by 90 percent since the peak of the second wave, new data has shown.

The number of patients aged 85 and over admitted to hospital has dropped from a height of 863 on January 12 to just 90 on March 5.

It marks the first time daily admissions for the age group has been below 100 since October last year.

It is the latest encouraging signal that the country's vigorous vaccine rollout is helping slash infection rates.

The substantial decrease is credited to the ongoing lockdown restrictions and the incredible inoculation drive that has seen around 21 million people receive their first dose.

Those aged 80 and over were included in the first four priority groups of the rollout, with a large majority expected to have now received both doses.

It seems the good news keeps on coming, as the total number of daily covid deaths dropped to the lowest level since October, with 65 fatalities.

An additional 4,712 new Covid cases were recorded in the UK – the lowest daily increase since September 25.

It is a strong step in the right direction as the start of this year saw more than 60,000 new infections recorded on a daily basis.

The impressive stats come as pupils across the UK headed back to school for the first time since January.

Research published by Public Health England indicated that a single dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine is over 80 percent effective at preventing hospitalisation for over 80's, around a month after receiving it.

Figures from NHS England also show a reduction in hospital admissions of people aged 65 to 84 since the peak of the second-wave.

The 91 percent decline in admitted patients seems to indicate the success of the vaccine drive. On January 12, there were 1,678 in hospital, which has fallen to 159 on March 5.

The overall number of coronavirus admissions is the lowest since October 25, 2020.

On March 7, 7,812 patients with the virus were hospitalised in England, seeing a huge 77 percent drop from the record-number of 34,336 patients on January 18.

The overall intake at English hospitals is also the lowest figure for five months, as the numbers stood at 487.

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