The number of Covid-19 patients in hospital in the Bradford district has risen by 50 per cent in a week, and more than doubled in the past month.

The rise reflects the national picture as hospitals continue to be put under strain by rising patient numbers caused by the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of Covid-19.

There were 159 patients in hospital with the virus on January 11, the most recent figures provided by the Government.

This is a rise from 106 a week earlier on January 14, and up from 61 a month ago on December 13.

At Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the number of patients has risen almost daily since Christmas, and at 94 is its highest number now since February 9 last year.

Last week, the figure was 56, and was 36 a month earlier.

Of these patients, one is on a mechanical ventilator.

At Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, the patient number sits at 48, this is down from 61 on January 10, but still a rise from 41 a week earlier, and double the number a month ago. Three patients are on ventilators at the hospital.

At Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, there are 17 patients in hospital with Covid-19, this is slightly down from the peak on January 10 when there were 19 patients, but still up from nine a week ago and one a month ago.

The January 10 figure is last February, but no patients are on ventilators.

To avoid being hospitalised with serious illness or dying from Covid-19, people are being urged to get vaccinated if they have not already had a jab; if they’ve had one jab they should get their second as soon as is possible, and if they are double vaxxed should get their booster vaccine when they can for the best possible protection against Covid.

In the Bradford district, one in four people aged 12 and over remain totally unvaccinated. Of those who have had one jab, seven per cent have not yet had their second dose, while a third of those double-jabbed have not yet had their booster vaccine.

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