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Guildford Bucks the Trend for Covid Infections and Hospital Admissions

Published on: 4 Jan, 2022
Updated on: 4 Jan, 2022

By Martin Giles

Guildford is bucking the trend of generally increasing levels of Covid infection in the South East and England and the Royal Surrey had fewer Covid related admissions in the latest reported period.

In Surrey, only Waverley borough had a lower infection rate for the week ending December 31. The Guildford rate reduced by 5 per cent while in the South East, as a whole, it increased by 18 per cent.

And while hospital admissions jumped in the region by over 50 per cent from the previous week there were only 30 new admissions at the Royal Surrey, a small decrease from the previous week and a lower number than any other Surrey hospital. At the RSCH, 36 Covid patients are currently inpatients but only three of those are on ventilators.

But fewer over 18s are vaccinated in Guildford than several other Surrey boroughs and districts. Guildford’s 63 per cent is exceeded by all the others apart from Woking, Runnymede and Spelthorne.

At a  national televised briefing this evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

  • Now is the time for “utmost caution” – and anyone who thinks the battle with Covid is over is “profoundly wrong”
  • But there is a chance we can “ride out this Omicron wave” without shutting the country down again.

UK chief medical adviser Sir Chris Whitty reminded the audience of the big increase in Covid cases over the last few weeks and the expectation is that number will continue to go up.



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Responses to Guildford Bucks the Trend for Covid Infections and Hospital Admissions

  1. J Holt Reply

    January 5, 2022 at 8:34 am

    Could this possibly be anything to do with the disproportionate number of students, the Christmas holidays and the inaccuracy of ONS population figures which provide the denominator for most statistics?

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