Out-patients: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch

What estimate he has made of the number of hospital patients diagnosed with covid-19 in October 2020 who contracted that virus while in hospital.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS England data shows that, in October, there were 3,934 new hospital admissions where the patient was diagnosed with COVID-19 in hospital from a test taken eight or more days after admission.

However, we know that the incubation period of COVID-19 can be as long as 14 days, so it possible that some of these patients may have contracted the virus before admission.

We continue to work to reduce hospital transmission as a priority.

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