Trusts warn number of Covid-19 patients in hospital could double

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 13, 2021

There's a huge increase this evening in the number of new Covid-19 cases in Galway and Mayo.

IRELAND'S DAILY Covid-19 infection rate is the worst in the world, new figures have confirmed.

It has been confirmed today at 1,582 people are now being treated for Covid-19 in hospitals here, with 146 of those ICU.

Quoting chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan, Martin said the new variant of the virus accounts for 45 percent of the most recent 92 tests - compared with 25 percent of those tested in the first week and 9 percent two weeks earlier. There is now a total of 155,591 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

There were a total of 1,692 people with the virus in hospital this afternoon, with 128 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Earlier this week, Ireland was named as having the worst Covid-19 infection rate in all of Europe, with more than 45,000 new cases of the virus in one week; but with cases continuing to spike exponentially in nearly every county, Ireland is now the worst-hit country in the world with the disease.

With just 30 adult ICU beds available nationwide, surge plans are expected to be activated in the coming days to deal with the unprecedented rise in hospital admissions.

"We know that hospitalisations occur some weeks after a confirmed case is notified, and mortality after that again".

"1,700 patients now in hospital and 143 in ICU would swap with any of us. This virus can not spread when households do not mix together, when social gatherings do not occur and when people stay at home for all but essential reasons", he said. ICUs are not where we want anyone to be.

"What we can do today, out of respect of those who have lost their lives and those now in hospital or ICU - and those caring for them - is to hold firm and stay home". This afternoon, Paul Reid of the HSE tweeted to say that the situation in hospitals is 'now beyond strain.' He told the public that 'to avoid getting sick, protect your family & healthcare workers please, please stay at home'. Now, more than ever, there is an urgent need for vigilance in our individual response to the disease, which is spread through close proximity to others. "We now have nearly the highest rate of Covid-19 on the planet, which is very worrying".

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