Majority of nine COVID-19 patients admitted to Altnagelvin over Christmas were under 40

Nine people - including a girl aged under 20 on Christmas Day - were admitted to Altnagelvin with COVID-19 over the festive period, according to figures released by the Department of Health this afternoon.

Their age ranges were as follows: 0-19 (one patient), 20-39 (four patients), 60-69 (one patient), 70-79 (one patient) and over 80 (two patients).

Figures show 40 people were being treated as coronavirus inpatients across all Western Trust hospitals at midnight on Tuesday.

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Six (60%) out of ten ICU beds at Altnagelvin were occupied by patients with COVID-19; one (10%) was occupied by a non-COVID-19 patients; and three (30%) beds were free.

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Six patients were being ventilated - five were COVID-19 patients.

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In terms of general occupancy 8.05% of beds at Altnagelvin were ‘COVID-19 occupied’, 79.89% were ‘other occupied’ and there was 8.33% capacity left in the hospital system; 3.74% were ‘awaiting admission.’