THE number of people in hospital in Worcestershire with coronavirus has started to rise again but patient numbers are not yet anywhere near the highest figures seen in the summer.

Twelve beds were occupied by patients with Covid on October 1 according to the latest figures published by NHS England – the highest number of beds in use since July.

The number of acute trust beds being used by Covid patients had been in single figures from the first week of July until just over a fortnight ago when ten beds were being used on September 29.

A total of 640 beds were occupied across Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust on October 1 meaning 1.8 per cent of the beds were being used by patients with Covid on that day.

Of the 12 beds, one Covid patient was using a ventilator.

Data shows a total of 141 beds were being used by Covid patients on April 6 – the highest figure seen in the county on one day so far.

On the same day in April, 20 of those patients were using beds with ventilators.

A total of 649 people have been diagnosed with Covid at the county’s hospitals between March 19 and October 1, according to the data.

A total of 526 people were discharged from Worcestershire’s hospitals having been treated for coronavirus in the months up to September with a total of 83 people admitted to hospital with Covid during the same period.

The highest average number of hospital beds occupied by Covid patients during a month in Worcestershire was 110 in April.

An average of 22 hospital beds were being used in June compared to 54 beds in May and 39 beds in March.

Four people with Covid-19 were admitted to hospital in September, according to data, with one person admitted in August.

Two people were admitted to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in July and six people were admitted in June.

A total of 44 people with coronavirus were admitted to hospital in May with 25 people admitted in April.

One person was admitted to hospital between March 19 and March 31.

An average of three beds were occupied by Covid patients in September, compared to two in August and five in July.

A total of 282 people had died from coronavirus in Worcestershire’s hospitals up to October 1, according to separate NHS figures.

New hospital figures are set to be released in November.