Hospitals in the north-east of England are facing a new surge of Covid cases. Dr Catherine Monaghan, a consultant in respiratory medicine at the University Hospital of North Tees says: “It’s really hard – I know the whole country wants this to be over – but the reality is that’s not what is happening in the hospital.” The hospital, in Stockton-on-Tees, has 22 Covid patients, five of whom are in intensive care – the number has increased sharply from just six in a single week. Stockton resident Sandra Forsyth says she regretted not getting vaccinated when she contracted Covid.
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