England’s Covid hospitalisations continued to surge by a third, official data revealed today after the NHS was put on alert for the ‘worst winter flu outbreak in years’.

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) figures show 965 coronavirus patients were admitted on Monday, up from 724 the week before.

And separate Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures today showed there were 1.1million infected with the virus on any given day in the week up to December 5. 

It was the first time cases breached 1million since November 1 and was up 16 per cent on the 941,700 recorded the week before. 

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) show 965 coronavirus patients were admitted on Monday, up from 724 the week before

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) show 965 coronavirus patients were admitted on Monday, up from 724 the week before

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) show 965 coronavirus patients were admitted on Monday, up from 724 the week before

The number of patients with Covid in English hospitals increased to 6,720 on Wednesday, up 22 per cent on the 5,501 in beds the week before

The number of patients with Covid in English hospitals increased to 6,720 on Wednesday, up 22 per cent on the 5,501 in beds the week before

The number of patients with Covid in English hospitals increased to 6,720 on Wednesday, up 22 per cent on the 5,501 in beds the week before

But the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care is not nearly as high, with 150 on mechanical ventilation beds on the same day. It was up more than a quarter a quarter on the 119 recorded a week before

But the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care is not nearly as high, with 150 on mechanical ventilation beds on the same day. It was up more than a quarter a quarter on the 119 recorded a week before

But the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care is not nearly as high, with 150 on mechanical ventilation beds on the same day. It was up more than a quarter a quarter on the 119 recorded a week before

The figures are the latest sign that flu is becoming steadily more prevalent among the population

The figures are the latest sign that flu is becoming steadily more prevalent among the population

The figures are the latest sign that flu is becoming steadily more prevalent among the population

While Covid cases and admissions soar, Britain is being hit by a separate ‘flu-nami’ that has seen hospitalisations for the winter virus outstrip coronavirus.

Experts are warning that increased mixing indoors due to the cold weather is leading to more people catching disease such as flu, Covid and other winter viruses. 

Downing Street urged Brits to get their flu jabs as the number of hospitalisation surged to more than eight times higher than would be expected at this time of year.

The Prime Minister’s spokesperson said: ‘We are seeing higher levels of flu circulating this year and, as of this week, hospital admissions for flu are higher than that for Covid.’ 

The number of patients with Covid in English hospitals increased to 6,720 on Wednesday, up 22 per cent on the 5,501 in beds the week before.

But the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care is not nearly as high, with 150 on mechanical ventilation beds on the same day.

It was up more than a quarter a quarter on the 119 recorded a week before.

Meanwhile, today’s ONS data show Covid cases, meanwhile, are continuing to increase in all four nations of the UK. 

Michelle Bowen, head of health surveillance dissemination and strategy, said: ‘Across most of the UK we have seen infections begin to increase again, with England now at similar levels to the end of September this year.

‘The trend in infections varies across the English regions and ages, and we will continue to monitor the data carefully as the winter months progress.’

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