Almost 200 people have been admitted to hospital with coronavirus in the North West in the last week, new figures show.
The largely locked-down region had 612 Covid-19 patients in hospital on September 29, up from 417 on September 22, according to the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.
There was a similar rise in the North East and Yorkshire, where 426 Covid-19 patients were in hospital on September 29, up from 293 a week earlier.
The numbers of patients on ventilators has increased over the same period, with 82 on ventilators in the North West, up from 46 a week earlier, and 57 in the North East and Yorkshire – having jumped from 42.
Many areas in the north of England are subject to local lockdown restrictions, with measures such as residents banned from meeting other people in their homes, and some further restrictions on pubs and other social venues.
Despite smaller totals, the number of hospitalised patients are also increasing across England, including a quadrupling of patients on ventilators in the East in a week.
As of September 29, there were 12 coronavirus patients on ventilators in the East of England, up from three the week before.
The number of hospital patients in the region more than doubled over the same period, increasing from 41 to 85.
London has also seen its ventilator patients jump from 37 to 50, while hospital patients increased from 206 to 263 over the same period.
On September 22, the Midlands had the second highest number of ventilator patients in England, with 44 – however this only climbed by eight in the week that followed, with 52 by September 29.
Hospital patients increased from 264 to 356.
Hospitalisations and the number of people needing ventilators in the South West and South East remain low, despite the spikes elsewhere.
The South West had four patients on ventilator beds on September 29, with 41 in hospital, up from two and 32 respectively the week before.
Meanwhile, the number of ventilator patients in the South East dropped over the same period, with four on a ventilator bed on September 29, compared to five on September 22.
In the same period, the number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 in the region increased from 82 to 98.
As of 9am on Wednesday, there had been a further 7,108 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, the Government said, slightly down on the 7,143 reported on Tuesday,
The Government also said a further 71 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Wednesday. This brings the UK total to 42,143.