Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Chart of the Day
15 September 2021

Covid-19 hospitalisations in the UK are higher than last year and could hit record levels in October

More than a thousand people were admitted to UK hospitals on 9 September, up from 203 at the same time last year.

By Nick Ferris

Some 1,009 people were admitted to UK hospitals with Covid-19 on 9 September, significantly higher than the 203 admitted on the same day in 2020. 



Numerous restrictions on gatherings and activities were in place this time last year, but life in September 2021 is nearly back to pre-Covid norms. 

The difference between now and then is that 70 per cent of the UK population are fully vaccinated. Although 35,000 people per day are testing positive for Covid-19, around 150 are dying per day rather than the 1,000-plus when cases were at the same level in January.  

However, concerns are rising over fading vaccine efficacy, as well as the significant chunk of the population who remain unvaccinated. 

The government’s Sage advisory committee has warned that new restrictions should be introduced to avoid a potentially catastrophic rise in Covid cases. The committee estimates that daily hospitalisations could peak somewhere between 2,000 and 7,000 in England next month, potentially surpassing the 2020-21 winter peak of around 4,000. 

Select and enter your email address Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. A weekly newsletter helping you fit together the pieces of the global economic slowdown. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A newsletter showcasing the finest writing from the ideas section and the NS archive, covering political ideas, philosophy, criticism and intellectual history - sent every Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
I consent to New Statesman Media Group collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy

THANK YOU

Boris Johnson yesterday said the government could introduce Covid passports, implement new face mask rules, and advise people to work from home if the NHS was once again at risk of being overwhelmed. 

Content from our partners
How to create a responsible form of “buy now, pay later”
“Unions are helping improve conditions for drivers like me”
Transport is the core of levelling up

[See also: Covid-19 winter plan: what has the government announced?]