THE number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 in the Bradford district has risen to more than 170, the highest it's been for almost a year.

Patient numbers have been increasing daily since the beginning of 2022, as the impact of the Omicron variant takes its toll on the district, now sitting at 177 patients in total.

As of January 18, there were 107 patients in hospital with the virus at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

This is the highest it has been since last February, and a rise from 94 a week ago, and of those 107 patients, two people are on mechanical ventilation beds.

At Airedale NHS Foundation Trust there are currently 57 patients, a slight fall from the most recent peak of 61 on January 10, but still at the highest rate it's been in almost a year.

There are three patients on ventilators at Airedale.

At Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust there are 13 patients with Covid-19, which has also fallen from its peak of 19 on January 10, and no patients are on ventilators.

The best way to avoid hospitalisation and serious illness due to Covid-19 is to get vaccinated against the virus.

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