An analysis of hospital data found 25% of London’s daily COVID-19 hospital admissions in the last week were not primarily for the virus.
NHS England figures show that 332 out of 1,349 admissions in London were only picked up after patients arrived for another ailment. ICU rates in the capital have remained flat in the three weeks since Omicron was first spotted in the UK, hovering around 200.
Meanwhile, a row has erupted over SAGE modelling that appeared to raise the prospect of Christmas being ‘cancelled’ for the second year in a row.
In a forecast leaked over the weekend, the SAGE committee warned that without rapid action daily deaths could hit 6,000 in the worst case.
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith referred to the SAGE modeller Graham Medley as “Graham Meddler” during an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
He said the government should only make a decision based on a “wider range of information on the effect of lockdown.”