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Covid-19 patients in England’s busiest intensive care units in 2020 were 20% more likely to die, University College London research has found.

The increased risk was equivalent to gaining a decade in age.

By the end of 2020, one in three hospital trusts in England was running at higher than 85% capacity.

Eleven trusts were completely full on 30 December, and the total number of people in intensive care with Covid has continued to rise since then.

The link between full ICUs and higher death rates was already known, but this study is the

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