Number of coronavirus intensive care patients doubles in Greater Manchester in two weeks

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The number of people in intensive care with Covid-19 has doubled in Greater Manchester in the past two weeks.According to the latest NHS figures, 28 people were in intensive care beds in hospitals during the week ending September 22, up from 14 just a fortnight earlier.

The data also shows an increase of eight cases from the previous week.

While the numbers are nowhere near those at the height of the pandemic, local leaders are expected to be monitoring the situation closely.

The statistics were revealed by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham during his weekly press conference.

A “significant” and “sustained” increase in the number of people with Covid admitted to non-ICU beds since early September also adds to concerns.

Mr Burnham said the numbers were worrying, but it was important to keep a sense of perspective.

He said: “To put that in context, if you looked at the numbers at the top of the first wave, we had 226 people in intensive care beds in Greater Manchester and 1,047 in non-ICU beds. It would be six times higher than what we have now.

But the mayor stressed that leaders were aware the numbers were heading in the wrong direction.

“There is no complacency,” he said.

“The numbers are increasing – in terms of the number of hospital patients – but it’s happening on a fairly regular basis right now. And of course we will continue to keep an eye on this, as we will with our retirement homes.

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In the week to September 22, 173 Covid patients were admitted to non-ICU beds – a significant jump from the start of the month when the figure was 66.

Although the mayor has insisted on the sense of proportion, he will take little comfort from the numbers before what he has admitted to be a “difficult” fall and winter period.

Hospital admission figures relate to people who had a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to admission.

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