AROUND a third of Covid patients are hospitalized for another health reason, official data has revealed.
The latest NHS figures show the rate of “accidental” virus infections in the UK has risen to 29%.
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It has led to the suggestion that official figures on hospital admissions have been skewed.
Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.
The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping to get vital additional vaccines in the UK’s arms to avoid the need for any new restrictions.
“Random” Covid hospitalizations include people who come to the hospital for reasons unrelated to the virus, such as a broken bone or another illness.
They were later found to be Covid-positive – a mild case was not their main complaint or they had to be hospitalized.
Former Tory Leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith tell MailOnline: “This is nonsense. It is almost certain that the number of people getting into Covid is much lower than the number suggests.
“We can’t make decisions based on hospitalizations when we don’t know how many people have been hospitalized for other reasons and then tested positive.”
In the past, these hospitalizations accounted for nearly 20% of Covid-19 hospitalizations, before the proportion increased in recent weeks.
On December 12, it was 25%, before hitting 28% a week later.
The most recent figure from December 21 was 29%, which is expected to rise again in the next round of data.
Of the 6,245 hospital beds made by Covid, there are 4,432 beds being treated mainly because of the virus.
It comes as new analysis shows seven times fewer Covid patients were brought to the hospital than in the second wave driven by Alpha last winter.
The head of the Oxford Vaccine Group said the coronavirus vaccine offered “excellent protection” regardless of the combination dose people had been given.
Professor Andrew Pollard told BBC Breakfast a combination of the Oxford/AstraZeneca and BioNTech or Pfizer/Moderna attacks was effective against Covid-19.
“Whatever vaccines people have had, they provide excellent protection,” he said.
“One thing we have to do is continue to monitor what happens when new variants emerge,” he added.
“There is still a lot of work to be done. There are people in many countries who are still unvaccinated.
“We have some countries where that’s still due to supply constraints because more doses are being distributed; in other countries it’s dealing with vaccine hesitancy.”
Yesterday Boris Johnson reveals 90% of Britons being treated in intensive care with Covid There is no booster vaccine.
During a visit to a vaccine center in Milton Keynes, Mr Johnson said 2.4 million people eligible for the dual vaccine had yet to receive an offer of a booster shot.
He said: “I am sorry to say this but the majority of people who are currently in intensive care in our hospital are people who are not being promoted.
“I’ve talked to doctors, who say the number is running up to 90% of people in intensive care who aren’t reinforced.
“If you’re not vaccinated, you’re eight times more likely to be hospitalized.
https://www.the-sun.com/health/4363669/third-covid-patients-admitted-other-health-reasons/ One-third of Covid patients hospitalized for OTHER health reasons