Chart of the Day 9 June 2021 How younger people are driving the rise in Covid-19 hospitalisations in the north-west Hospitalisations of under-65s in the north-west of England are growing rapidly. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Ambulances at the Royal London Hospital, on 5 January 2021 in London. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up The number of people being admitted to hospital with Covid-19 in the north-west of England is rising again, potentially heralding the start of a fourth peak in the region. However, unlike in previous waves, the age distribution of those being admitted is far lower this time around, providing evidence that vaccines are working. Younger people are driving the rise in Covid hospitalisations in the north-west Weekly new hospitalisations in the north-west of England, by age group UK government Covid-19 dashboard While in previous waves there were larger volumes of admissions among older age groups, data from the last six weeks shows admissions in the north-west remain stable for these groups – with around 30 new patients per week aged between 65 and 84, and around ten over-85s per week. By contrast, hospitalisations of under-65s in the north-west are growing rapidly. In the week ending 5 June, 163 under-65s were admitted to hospital, three times the rate a month ago. This shift clearly mirrors vaccination rates: over 90 per cent of over-80s and almost 80 per cent of those over 50 in England are fully vaccinated, while those aged below 30 were only offered a first dose this week. › Gavin Willamson’s attack on Oxford students shows his warped priorities Katharine Swindells is a New Statesman Media Group data journalist. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!