Covid crisis Coronavirus: One death and 506 new cases of Covid-19 announced
Another person has died and 506 new cases of coronavirus were reported today.
The Department of Health released the latest figures as the entire country remains under Level 3 restrictions.
It brings the total number of confirmed cases to 40,086 while the death toll stands at 1,817.
Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has resulted in the denotification of four cases and the adjusted figure of 40,086.
Out of today's new cases:
Meanwhile it was revealed today that there are 27 intensive care beds available out of a total of 287 in Ireland’s hospital system.
There is potential for a “surge” capacity of around 350 beds to be brought on board if necessary, but this will require cancellation of other treatments.
Taoiseach Micheal Martin this week defended the ICU capacity amid warnings from Nphet that it could be overwhelmed by November 7 due to exponential growth of the coronavirus.
Defending the decision to go against Nphet advice to introduce a level five lockdown this week, Mr Martin cited the surge capacity in hospitals.
He said: “If you look at the surge capacity that was achieved in the first phase, it went to 370 ICU beds and the HSE are saying they have the capacity. They are saying they have the capacity to deal with this.”