Covid hospitalizations hit 14-month high with 1,569 in hospital with virus


There are 1,569 people hospitalized with Covid-19 this afternoon, the highest number in 14 months, the latest figures from the Department of Health show.

There have been 221 newly diagnosed hospitalized cases of Covid-19 in Irish hospitals in the last 24 hours, bringing the number of new cases in hospital over the past three days to almost 700.

The number of people in intensive care with the virus remains steady at 52, up from one in the past day.

Officials have stressed in recent days that about half of all current Covid cases in hospitals are not due to the virus, but are positive cases in people being treated in hospital for another illness.

Overcrowding and infection control measures are pushing hospitals to the breaking point, forcing many to cancel elective surgeries and appointments for patients not requiring emergency care due to the strain on the healthcare system.

Hospitals across the country are now seeing nearly 500 or more people on ambulances, making for an “unsafe” environment, Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO) Secretary-General Phil Ní Sheaghdha said.

“We are very concerned by the general perception that the pandemic is no more, but it is certainly an extraordinary struggle every day in Irish hospitals.

“Numbers and outbreak rates are way too high.

“It’s unsafe for staff, so it’s certainly unsafe for patients.

“We have outbreaks across our society that are spreading to our hospitals and this is so important because our hospitals are running out of capacity before we even start [with Covid outbreaks]’ Ms Ní Sheaghdha said on RTÉ’s News at One programme.

Government policy regarding Covid-19 appears to be to “let it spread” across the country, said infectious disease consultant Dr. Clíona Ní Cheallaigh.

dr Ní Cheallaigh said we were “not doing anything about our indoor spaces” and said there are so many viruses there is “Covid soup out there”.

“We’re lucky that the current variant is much milder and most people are vaccinated so don’t feel seriously ill, but there are a lot of viruses. I’ll just reiterate that if you don’t want to get it, wear a mask as there is a Covid soup out there,” said Dr. Ní Cheallaigh to Brendan O’Connor on RTÉ Radio this morning. Covid hospitalizations hit 14-month high with 1,569 in hospital with virus

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