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Under pressure Coronavirus Ireland: 8 deaths and 4,929 new Covid-19 cases as hospitals struggle to cope

As of 2pm today, 1,582 people are in hospital with the illness, with 146 Covid-19 patients are in ICU. There were 156 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

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CMO Dr Tony Holohan

CMO Dr Tony Holohan

CMO Dr Tony Holohan

A further eight people have died and 4,929 new cases of Covid-19 were announced this evening.

This brings the total number of cases comes to 152,539 while the death toll from the virus stands at 2,352.

Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has resulted in the denotification of three confirmed cases, resulting in the adjusted figure of 152,539.

As of 2pm today, 1,582 people are in hospital with the illness, with 146 Covid-19 patients are in ICU. There were 156 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Cork University Hospital has the largest number of Covid patients, with 135 hospitalised.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 2,250 are men / 2,641 are women
  • 59% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 39 years old
  • 1,513 in Dublin, 695 in Cork, 320 in Limerick, 305 in Wexford, 225 in Galway and the remaining 1,871 cases are spread across all other counties.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “While we are seeing the first glimmer of hope in respect of our daily case figures and positivity rates, the situation in hospitals and ICUs around the country continues to worsen day on day.

"We know that hospitalisations occur some weeks after a confirmed case is notified, and mortality after that again. That means we are unfortunately set for a period of time where the situation in our hospitals gets worse before it gets better.”

“The best way forward now is for all of us to stay at home. Staying at home and cutting your contacts right down to only those in your immediate household is the one vital way we will protect our healthcare system as it struggles with the burdens brought on by this surge in Covid-19 infections.”

It comes as the President of the Irish Hospital Consultants' Association warned that the situation in Ireland's acute hospitals "is truly a national emergency."

According to Professor Alan Irvine, 1,000 people have been admitted with Covid-related illnesses to acute hospitals since January 2.

However, these admissions are doubling, in both in intensive care and general acute beds, every week, the professor pointed out.

Prof Irvine warned that if the admissions continue to double in a week and double again the week after that, "the system really will not be able to cope, so it's truly an emergency in the acute health system."

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