THE number of people in hospital with Covid-19 has fallen 96 per cent since the peak of the pandemic, official data shows.
Staff are treating just 700 coronavirus patients a day in England, compared with about 17,000 a day in mid-April.
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It suggests Britain is “almost reaching herd immunity” and future waves may be less severe, experts say.
Some hospitals last week did not have a single coronavirus patient on their wards.
NHS England reported 866 Covid hospital deaths on April 10 but just five on Thursday last week.
Dr Ron Daniels, ICU consultant in Birmingham, said it was “highly unlikely” there would be another admissions surge.
He said: “The pubs have been open for over a month.
“People have been socially interacting heavily during that time.”
Sir Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive, has urged hospitals to tackle as much as possible of the waiting lists that have built up before winter arrives.
In a letter to NHS regional directors, he wrote: “Having pulled out all the stops to treat Covid patients over the last few months, our health services now need to redouble their focus on the needs of all other patients too.”
Hospitals have been told to hit 70 per cent of the normal rate of planned operations this month.
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