LATEST: Slight rise in number of Covid patients in hospital
The number of people with Covid-19 in hospital remains almolst unchanged today.
As of 8am, there were 650 patients with the virus being treated in hospital, an increase of one on the same time yesterday. This compares to a figure of 961 two weeks ago, and 845 on this day last week.
Yesterday’s number was the lowest level since 619 on 30 December – down almost 40% from the recent peak of 1,063 patients on 10 January.
There has been a slight increase in the number of people with Covid-19 in intensive care units. As of 11.30am, 74 people with the virus were being treated in ICU, an increase of eight on the same time yesterday.