Published on : Monday, September 13, 2021
There are more than 1,000 people are now in Scotland’s hospital with Covid for the first time since February.
The daily totals showed numbers of patients with recently confirmed coronavirus was 1,019.
It is the highest level since February 23 – amid the second lockdown – and compares to the peak of 2,053 on January 22. The hospitalisations fell to 312 on August 20, and have climbed steadily since then.
However, no information is available about whether patients are being treated primarily for Covid, or in hospital with other conditions but testing positive on screening.
Of those in hospital, 88 are intensive care, up five in a day. This compares to a peak of 221 in April 2020.
It came as Scotland recorded 5,912 new cases in the past 24 hours. There are no new deaths were registered, but the Scottish Government pointed out registry offices are generally closed at weekends.
It comes after NHS Ayrshire and Arran put a ban on regular visits, with only essential visits allowed amid rising Covid cases.
The measures were announced by the health board today and will affect “acute hospitals”, including University Hospital Crosshouse in Kilmarnock and University Hospital Ayr.
All other hospitals in the health board area will continue to permit two designated visitors.
Jennifer Wilson, Interim Nurse Director, said the health board has witnessed increasing Covid cases in the region’s hospitals.