Hospitals could see 2,500 Covid cases as record set for third day
There are a record number of Covid-19 patients being treated in hospitals for the third day in a row. This morning, there are 1,151 people with the virus in Irish hospitals with 104 admitted in the last 24 hours. It is a 12% increase on yesterday’s total and is a rise of 126% on last Friday.
The figure includes 101 people in ICU which is the first time the number has risen above 100 since April. In the past 24 hours, 18 people with Covid-19 have been admitted to ICU. Anne O’Connor from the HSE said hospitals are coping but only because non-Covid care has been scaled back. “In the last surge we had a peak of about 160 in ICU and we could well exceed that this time around.
“We don’t want it to go higher but it probably will and I think that the actions that people are taking now is what will have a key impact on that.
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