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Death toll from flu in Ireland more than doubles in a week

The virus is adding to the pressures on hospitals
The virus is adding to the pressures on hospitals

The HSE have confirmed that the winter flu outbreak has claimed the lives of 15 people so far, with eight passing away in the last week.

Last week it was known that seven people had passed away from complications linked to the virus and today's figure shows another eight people have died.

All those who died were over the age of 65, the HSE announced today.

It comes as flu levels continue to rise with the current outbreak unlikely to peak for another two weeks.

It is expected to continue to circulate for weeks afterwards leading to outbreaks in nursing homes in particular.

The virus is adding to the pressures on hospitals which are under severe strain from the trolley crisis.

There were 262 patients hospitalised last week with 27 placed in critical care.