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Out-patients: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 908888, tabled on 17 November 2020

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.

Answered on

17 November 2020

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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Department of Health and Social Care
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