AS hospitalisations from Covid fall across the North-East and North Yorkshire, hospital bosses have reacted with one warning they remain "cautiously optimistic."

The Northern Echo has today revealed how our region's NHS trusts have seen Covid admissions fall figures drop to some of the lowest levels since the start of the pandemic. 

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Analysis of NHS England figures for each of the region's trusts shows that admissions have fallen between 74 and 93 per cent since the second wave peak. 

But trust bosses have exercised caution while welcoming the figures as a positive sign that the region may be bringing the Covid pandemic under control.  

Dr Chris Tulloch, deputy medical director at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, told The Echo: “The falling rates of Covid-19 is great news but I’d say we’re cautiously optimistic.

“If I could say anything to the wider public it would be - please do not become complacent. Covid-19 remains a threat and people are still falling ill and still dying from the virus."

Dr Tulloch added that he was encouraging as many people as possible to take the Covid vaccine when offered, reassuring that it was absolutely safe.

He said: “Please keep up the good habits – observe the lockdown, practice good hand hygiene, wear a mask when required, self-isolate if you have any symptoms and take up your vaccine appointment.

“I’d also like to reassure everyone that the vaccine is safe, it’s been fully tested and is the best way to protect yourself and your loved one from the virus.”

The Northern Echo: Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTYPicture: RICHARD DOUGHTY

Meanwhile trust bosses from across the rest of Teesside, North Yorkshire, County Durham and Darlington, echoed concerns following the fall in admissions.

One trust, which runs hospitals including the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and The Friarage in Northallerton, said welcomed the fall in admissions but said there are still high numbers of patients requiring critical care.

Describing the virus continues to have a "vicious sting in its tail," a spokesperson for the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust confirmed it was still treating a dozen Covid patients in intensive care.

The spokesperson said: “The number of patients with Covid-19 being cared for in our hospitals today is 62, of which 11 are receiving critical care.

“The high numbers of hospital patients with Covid-19 who still require critical care shows the vicious sting in the tail which this this virus continues to have.

“This is why it remains so important for everyone to limit the risk of infection by following the rules – hands, face, space.”

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The County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust welcomed the figures as "good news," but urged residents across the area to continue following restrictions.

A spokesperson for the trust said: “The continued reduction in the number of people needing hospital care due to Covid is good news. 

"We urge people to keep following national guidance on social distancing, wearing face masks etc, to protect themselves, the wider community and the NHS," they added.