Latest NHS Digital data reports 343% rise in likely infections assessed by 111 and 999 – and a massive 530% increase in online assessments of coronavirus infection
The number of children assessed by NHS ‘triage’ to have likely coronavirus symptoms has more than quadrupled in September compared to the preceding period, a report by the HSJ on the latest NHS Digital data release reveals.
Positive assessments by 111 and 999 services have increased by 343% – and positives on the online triage service by an even more terrifying 530%:
The ‘triage’ process assesses symptoms, so some children may have other viruses, but the huge increase will be a major concern to parents.
Calls relating to older people (19-69yrs) also increased by 63% for 111/999 and 117% online.
The government has attempted to dismiss the increase by saying it may have been caused by children catching other infections at school – but the Tories, with the agreement of Keir Starmer, still insist that ‘schools are safe’ from the transmission of the coronavirus, in spite of an exponential rise in the number of confirmed cases and the number of schools affected in England.
Hospitalisations, with a lag as would be expected, are now also increasing sharply and have hit levels not seen since mid-July.
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