The number of Covid-19 hospitalized patients in three of the seven NHS regions in England has passed the level recorded at the height of the first wave of coronavirus.
In a few days, a fourth area will likely pass the peak of the first wave.
North West England, North East England and Yorkshire, and South West England all have more hospitalized patients than during the peak of the first wave of Covid-19 in April.
In North West England, 3,013 hospitalized patients with confirmed Covid-19 were reported on November 17.
This is 123 higher than the peak of the first wave of 2,890 on April 13.
In North East England and Yorkshire, 3,397 patients were reported on November 17-830 above the peak of the first wave of 2,567 on April 9.
Together, both regions currently account for 47% of Covid-19 hospital patients in England.
In South West England, the number of patients reached 874 on November 15, before dropping slightly to 832 on November 17.
The peak of the first wave was 840 on April 14.
Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 hospitalized patients in the Midlands has roughly doubled in the past three weeks, from 1,566 on Oct. 27 to 3,039 patients on Nov. 17.
This almost coincides with the peak of the first wave of 3,101 on April 10.
If the pace of the rise continues, the Midlands could reach a new high in a few days.
In the remaining three regions of England, numbers have also increased, but at a slower pace.
In London, 1,403 hospitalized patients with Covid-19 were reported on November 17, well below the peak of the first wave of 4,813.
In South East England, 1,071 patients were reported on November 17. The peak of the first wave in this region was 2,073.
And in Eastern England, 810 hospitalized patients were reported on Nov. 17 – again, a little below the first wave’s peak of 1,484.
All figures are from the government’s coronavirus dashboard.