According to Sky News.
According to NHS England data, there were 344 flu patients in the hospital on average every day last week, up from 31 at the start of December last year, while doctors warn of a shortage of intensive care beds for critically ill children.
Depending on the most recent data, there are ten times as many people in hospitals with flu than this time last year.
According to NHS England data, there were 344 flu patients in the hospital on average every day last week, up from 31 at the beginning of December last year.
It also comes amid staffing concerns, with recent data indicating that roughly 360,000 NHS employees were absent from work last week due to illness or self-isolation as a result of COVID.
According to NHS England’s first weekly winter update, around 19 in 20 general and acute beds were occupied – 80% for adult critical care.
Last week, patients who no longer required a bed occupied more than 13,000 (13,179) beds per day, a fourth more than the first week of December last year (10,510).
It comes as NHS leaders warned that the country is facing a “tripledemic” of COVID, flu, and unprecedented demand for urgent and emergency care.
Sky News has learned that there are worries over the availability of paediatric ICU beds in several parts of the country.
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