There has been a sharp drop in the number of patients admitted to hospitals in England with heart attacks or heart failure in recent months, research reveals.
Experts are worried that people who need urgent medical help are not seeking it. This was also the case during the first wave of the pandemic.
The researchers included 66 hospitals in the study and compared daily admission rates in the year before the pandemic with those during the first and second waves in England, up to 17 November.
During the first lockdown, daily admissions for heart attacks or heart failure decreased