Covid-19 patients in Sheffield hospitals fall to lowest level since November

The number of coronavirus patients in Sheffield’s hospitals has fallen to its lowest level since November, latest figures show.

Monday, 22nd February 2021, 12:13 pm

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals was treating 328 people with Covid-19 last Tuesday, February 16, the latest date for which figures are available.

That’s the fewest the trust, which runs the Northern General and Royal Hallamshire hospitals, has had on its wards since November 18, 2020, when the number stood at 326.

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The number of Covid patients being cared for by the trust peaked at 417 on January 22 this year.

This comes after news that the Covid-19 vaccines being used in the UK could reduce a person’s risk of being admitted to hospital by as much as 94% four weeks after the first dose.

Four weeks after receiving the initial dose, the Oxford jab appeared to reduce a person’s risk of hospital admission by up to 94%, according to new research from Scotland.

People who received the Pfizer jab had a reduction in risk of up to 85% between 28 and 34 days after the first dose.

Data for the two jabs combined showed that among people over the age of 80 – who are at high risk of severe disease – the reduction in risk of hospital admission was 81% four weeks after the first dose.

The majority of older people in the study – who are among those at highest risk of severe disease and death from Covid-19 – were more likely to have had the AstraZeneca jab.

Experts examined Covid-19 hospital admissions in Scotland among people who have had their first jab and compared them to those who had not yet received a vaccine.