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Covid latest Department of Health report highest Covid hospital numbers since February

984 are in hospital with the virus, an increase of 67 since Saturday.

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HSE chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry (Brian Lawless/PA)

HSE chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry (Brian Lawless/PA)

HSE chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry (Brian Lawless/PA)

A further 21,384 confirmed Covid cases have been recorded by the Department of Health today.

As of 8am Sunday, 984 are in hospital with the virus, an increase of 67 since Saturday.

83 of these patients are currently being treated in intensive care units.

That is the highest number of patients in hospital since February 2021.

On Friday, HSE boss Dr Colm Henry revealed that more than half of the people currently in intensive care in hospital are unvaccinated against Covid-19.

The HSE’s chief clinical officer said that while only five per cent of the eligible population are unvaccinated, they account for more than 50 per cent of those in ICU.

“I know people will say it's unfair to focus [on these numbers] but these are facts, these aren't opinions,” he told Newstalk Breakfast.

Dr Henry added that the current wave of Omicron, with record numbers being beaten each day, is having a huge impact on hospital staffing levels.

“We're seeing this huge surge in cases right across Europe, right across the world,” he said.

“And we're seeing this play through not in so much severe way through the hospitals, but... one of the big disruptive effects of this is the amount of staff being identified because of the power of this particular variant to breakthrough.

“That means we're seeing more staff get infected, not nearly as many people get seriously ill, but more staff get infected or be designated as close contacts.

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“And that in itself is having a highly disruptive effect on healthcare delivery.”

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