The number of Covid-19 patients in some large hospitals in England has risen to about a third of the level seen at the peak of the second wave of the virus, according to new figures.
South Tyneside & Sunderland Foundation Trust reported 78 Covid-19 patients on July 13, the correspondence of 31% of its second wave peak of 251.
Nearby Gateshead Health Foundation Trust reported 43 Covid-19 patients on the same day, 30% of its second wave peak of 141.
Levels are even higher in two of the largest trusts in the North West of England.
Bolton Foundation Trust had 58 Covid-19 patients in the hospital on July 13, 36% of its second wave peak, while the Manchester University Foundation Trust had 146 patients, 38% of its second wave peak.
In another place, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust is at 30% of its second wave peak, with 58 Covid-19 patients, while Newcastle Upon Tyne Foundation Trust is at 27%, with 44 Covid-19 patients.