London hospitals beginning to feel second wave pinch

Leaked NHS assessments show that the number of coronavirus patients admitted to London hospitals jumped by almost 10 per cent earlier this week.

Some of London’s hospitals already have more than 10 per cent of their beds occupied with coronavirus patients, with the numbers being admitted having jumped eight per cent in a 24 hour period sparking fears among NHS managers that the capital could start to see rapid increases in the coming days.

An Imperial College London study has also warned the R rate of transmission for the virus in London is 2.86, the highest level in England, meaning that the number of infected people may be doubling every three to four days.

According to the leaked data seen by The Independent, there were 791 coronavirus patients admitted to hospital in London on 27 October. Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust had the most, with 142 coronavirus patients, 16 per cent of their total beds. It had 12 patients in critical care on ventilators and another 124 on oxygen.

Across London as a whole, approximately six per cent of beds are occupied by coronavirus patients.