Mersey Care Trust cares for 16 Covid-19 patients in hospital

Mersey Care Trust was caring for 16 coronavirus patients in hospital as of Tuesday, figures show.

Orderlies push a bed at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry.

Mersey Care Trust was caring for 16 coronavirus patients in hospital as of Tuesday, figures show.

NHS England data shows the number of people being treated in hospital for Covid-19 by 8am on April 19 was down from 25 on the same day the previous week.

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The number of beds at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust occupied by people who tested positive for Covid-19 increased by 23% in the last four weeks – 28 days ago, there were 13.

Across England there were 14,607 people in hospital with Covid as of April 19, with 296 of them in mechanical ventilation beds – though none were at Mersey Care Trust.

The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalised nationally has increased by 12% in the last four weeks, while the number on mechanical ventilators has increased by 10%.

The figures also show that 12 new Covid patients were admitted to hospital in Mersey Care Trust in the week to April 17. This was down from 18 in the previous seven days.