Covid news: 8% of hospital cases may have come from wards, as NHS says it is set to hit vaccine target

Chiara Giordano,Clea Skopeliti,Jane Dalton and Vincent WoodSat, 13 February 2021, 1:14 am

John Loch, 69, receives his Covid-19 vaccination from Nicole Clark at the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow  (PA)
John Loch, 69, receives his Covid-19 vaccination from Nicole Clark at the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow (PA)

About 8.8 per cent of Covid-19 hospital cases in England over the first wave of the pandemic may have been acquired on wards, according to scientists advising the government.

Experts analysing the data said the numbers may have been as high as 31,000 in England over the first wave – although the NHS medical director disagreed.

Meanwhile, the government has claimed it is set to hit its UK-wide target of offering a vaccine to those people most at risk by Monday, after England and Wales said those groups had been reached.

Ministers have recruited a host of British sporting legends including Sir Geoff Hurst and Roy Hodgson to help launch their second vaccine drive in less than a week as they battle to vaccinate huge numbers of those most at risk from coronavirus.

However, some housebound people in those groups, including vulnerable people over 80 and over 90, have been left waiting, The Independent has learnt.

Meanwhile, the total number of lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK has now exceeded four million since the outbreak began, according to the government’s dashboard.

The Department for Health and Social Care confirmed the nation’s positive case load had increased by 15,144 in its latest daily update– bringing the overall total since the virus was first observed in the UK a year and 12 days ago to 4,013,799.

The findings means roughly one in 20 people in the UK have tested positive for the virus over the course of the pandemic. Of those, 2.8 per cent have passed away within the following 28 days, according to government data.