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Coronavirus: Figures show hospital admissions rise, despite fall in West Norfolk infections

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The number of patients being treated for coronavirus at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital has risen again, despite a fall in infections across West Norfolk, new figures show.

No new deaths have been recorded at the Gayton Road site, according to the latest data released today – meaning the total since the start of the pandemic remains at 582.

But 113 patients were admitted to the QEH with Covid in the latest seven day period, up to last Sunday, March 27, an increase of 13 on the previous week.

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A similar pattern has also been recorded at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, where 130 patients were admitted in the same period.

That figure was up by 26 cases on the previous week.

And health chiefs have pleaded for the public to keep taking precautions against the virus.

Cath Byford, chief nurse of the Norfolk and Waveney clinical commissioning group, said around 300 patients are currently in hospital across the region with the virus.

She added: “The safer behaviours that became so familiar during lockdown are still best practice to follow to protect our health and the health of our friends and family, colleagues, and those that we care for.

“Washing your hands, ventilating rooms, and choosing to wear a face mask in public places will make a real difference in halting the progression of COVID-19 through our communities.

“And although it’s no longer a legal requirement, I urge anyone who’s feeling unwell to stay at home and avoid contact with others. Don’t go into work and don’t go out in public places if possible.”

But latest figures, recorded over the seven days to yesterday, March 31, showed a significant fall in weekly cases in West Norfolk.

There were 1,316 infections in the borough, down by 15.6 per cent or 243 infections, on the previous week.

A total of 1,177 cases were recorded in Breckland, 10.7 per cent lower than in the previous week, while there were 842 infections in North Norfolk, a 7.1 per cent decrease on the week before.

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