In north-west England, 2,948 hospital patients with confirmed Covid-19 were reported on November 9.
This is 58 higher than the first-wave peak of 2,890 on April 13.
In north-east England and Yorkshire, 2,999 patients were reported on November 9 – 432 above the first-wave peak of 2,567 on April 9.
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Together, both regions currently account for 52% of Covid-19 hospital patients in England.
They are the only regions so far to have passed their first-wave peak, though other areas appear to be heading in the same direction.
In south-west England, the number of hospital patients has jumped sharply in the last two weeks, more than doubling from 300 on October 26 to 667 on November 9.
If this trend continues, south-west England could pass its first-wave peak of 840 within a week or so.
In the Midlands, the number of patients is also rising rapidly and has roughly doubled in the past two weeks – from 1,203 on October 26 to 2,388 on November 9.
The first-wave peak in the Midlands was 3,101.
In other regions of England the numbers are rising at a slower pace.
In London, 1,078 patients were reported on November 9. This is still far below the first-wave peak of 4,813.
In south-east England, 849 patients were reported on November 9. The first-wave peak in this region was 2,073.
In eastern England, 591 hospital patients were reported on November 9 – some way below the first-wave peak of 1,484.
All figures are taken from the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.
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