THE Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust was caring for 22 coronavirus patients in hospital as of Tuesday December 28, figures show.

NHS England data shows the number of people being treated in hospital for Covid-19 by 8am on December 28 was up from 21 on the same day the previous week.

The number of beds at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust occupied by people who tested positive for Covid-19 decreased by 28 in the last four weeks – there were 50.

Across England there were 9,546 people in hospital with Covid as of December 28, with 758 of them in mechanical ventilation beds.

The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalised nationally increased by 56 per cent in the last four weeks; however the number on mechanical ventilators has decreased by six per cent.

The figures also show that 28 new Covid patients were admitted to hospital in Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust in the week to December 26. This was down from 29 in the previous seven days.