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COVID-19 cases have more than doubled at two east London hospitals in just two weeks.
The hospitals are run by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Trust (BHRUT), which reported that 72 patients were in the two hospitals with coronavirus as of October 27.
This was a sharp rise from just two weeks before on October 12, when there were only 34 in the King George and Queen’s with COVID-19.
The most recent figures show that 10 of the COVID-positive patients were being treated in intensive care or with enhanced oxygen due to a severe case of coronavirus.
This means that there were two less patients in the hospitals’ ICU than there were on October 12.
Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, 1,711 people have died with coronavirus in the two hospitals.
COVID-19 cases have been rising across the UK in recent weeks, with official government figures showing an increase from 34,000 new cases a day to a peak of 47,000 a day by October 23.
The seven-day average has since fallen slightly to just over 39,000 new positive cases a day.
A doctor in an east London hospital run by Barts Health recently reported that COVID patients in their 40s and 50s were being admitted to intensive care, and warned that people should get the vaccine to protect the NHS this winter.
Magda Smith, chief medical officer at BHRUT, said: “An increasing number of cases across the country has led to more COVID patients in our hospitals.
“As we approach the winter months, this serves as a reminder of how important it is that everyone, and particularly our more vulnerable residents, has their booster jab and the flu jab.
“This will help provide as much protection as possible to prevent them from becoming seriously ill and needing to be admitted to hospital.”