“They are growing slowly,” Hopson told Sky News.
“The levels are significantly lower than we have seen in previous waves.”
Earlier, Hopson published a series of tweets in which he outlined his views on the vaccine and its effect on the new version.
He said NHS trust leaders see three different characteristics with this wave.
First, hospital admissions to COVID-19 were lower; second, the patients were younger; and third, and most importantly, “very few have had a double dose of vaccination and then two to three weeks of accumulation of protection then [that are being hospitalised]”
“And that’s why our top managers say they think the link between COVID-19 and the very high levels of hospitalization and mortality we’ve seen in previous waves – that that link has been broken for this model of options.”