The huge numbers of cases and hospital admissions that put England into lockdown

These are the numbers showing the shocking rise in coronavirus cases and hospital admissions that have forced England into another national lockdown.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was given advice on Monday, January 6 showing cases rising rapidly in every part of country, prompting the UK government to announce a national lockdown. Read about the new lockdown restrictions here.

As of January 4, there are 26,626 Covid-19 patients in hospital in England, an increase of over 30% on the same day one week earlier.

The peak of admissions during the first wave of the virus was 18,974 on April 12, meaning England is now 40% above the highest level of the first wave.

Across the UK, there were 80,664 positive tests on December 29 and a further 65,571 on December 30.

The case rate in England up to December 30 was over 518 per 100,000 – three times the level England was at at the start of December, when it was 151.3 on December 1.

Addressing the nation on Monday night, Boris Johnson indicated that there was a risk of healthcare services being overwhelmed within 21 days without urgent action being taken.

“We need to do more together to bring this new variant under control,” he said, adding that the new measures were being brought in as it was “clear that we need to do more” to bring the new fast-spreading coronavirus variant “under control” and help the vaccination roll-out in the UK.

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