HSE: 1,969 people in hospital with Covid, 214 in ICU

In a tweet, Paul Reid said the health service has never seen such a number of people being treated "for the same illness".
HSE: 1,969 people in hospital with Covid, 214 in ICU

The Mercy Hospital in Cork has no ICU bed available, while Cork University Hospital has just one. Picture: Larry Cummins

There are 1,969 people with Covid-19 are receiving treatment in Irish hospitals this morning - an increase for the second day in a row.

The number of patients is up from 1,949 yesterday, with 132 admissions and 98 discharges across the health service in the past 24 hours.

Last night there were 214 people with Covid-19 in ICU.

Of the 214 patients, almost 140 of these confirmed or suspected cases of the virus are on ventilators.

According to the HSE there are 504 general admission beds in hospitals across the country, and 30 public critical care beds.

The Mercy Hospital in Cork has no ICU bed available, while Cork University Hospital has just one.

Earlier, the CEO of the HSE says 66% of all ICU patients are being treated for Covid-19.

In a tweet, Paul Reid said the health service has never seen such a number of people being treated "for the same illness".

HSE CEO Paul Reid at Dr Steevens’ Hospital for the weekly HSE operational update on the response to Covid-19. Picture: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

HSE CEO Paul Reid at Dr Steevens’ Hospital for the weekly HSE operational update on the response to Covid-19. Picture: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

He also said that there are 300 patients outside of the ICU who are also receiving respiratory support.

"We're battling hard to sustain safe levels of care but it's getting harder," Mr Reid said.

"Nothing is more serious."

A further 51 deaths linked to the virus were confirmed on Thursday with 2,608 new cases.

NPHET estimates the reproduction number of the disease is now between 0.5 and 0.8, saying substantial progress has been made in the last few weeks.

However, health officials say any reduction in the number of people in hospital with the virus will be "very slow".

There were 1.923 patients being treated in public hospitals last night.

Professor Philip Nolan from NPHET's modelling advisory group says it could take a while for those numbers to come down.

"Each week when you see that things are improving slowly, let that be a signal to us to keep up the efforts that are leading to that improvement.

"We expect to see a slow improvement in the number of people in hospital and intensive care over the coming weeks."

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