THE number of patients in hospital in Herefordshire with coronavirus has risen, latest figures show.

NHS England data showed 23 people were being cared for in hospital by the Wye Valley NHS Trust, which runs Hereford County Hospital, on Tuesday (October 12).

That was up from 20 on the same day the previous week (October 5).

The latest figures also show that 28 new Covid patients were admitted to hospital in Herefordshire in the week to Sunday.

The week before, 30 patients were admitted. 

There were no beds occupied by people who tested positive for Covid-19 on May 18 – the day after the second easing of lockdown in England. 

From February 26 until August 30, there were not more than 16 Covid patients at the Wye Valley NHS on any one day.

But since the end of August, the number of patients has been consistently above 12, apart from on September 25 and 26.

The number of patients in mechanical ventilation beds, those used for the most seriously ill, had fallen to one on Tuesday (October 12).

That was down from two the same day the week before.