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'real threat' Number in hospital with Covid at highest rate since March with 314 patients and 1,688 new cases

The number of people in ICU is up five to 59.

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HSE director Paul Reid said Covid-19 still poses a risk (Michelle Devane/PA)

HSE director Paul Reid said Covid-19 still poses a risk (Michelle Devane/PA)

HSE director Paul Reid said Covid-19 still poses a risk (Michelle Devane/PA)

The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 in Ireland has risen to its highest level since the end of March.

The Department of Health reported 1,688 new cases of the virus on Sunday, with 314 patients now in hospital, an increase of 55 from Saturday.

The number of people in ICU is up five to 59.

The rising number of hospital admissions led the head of the Health Service Executive to warn that the threat from Covid is “still very real."

But the threat is still very real as 314 Covid-19 patients patients now hospitalised & 54 in ICU Paul Reid

In a tweet, Paul Reid said: “Vaccinations continue this weekend. Almost 6.6M now administered. 91% of adults partially vaccinated and 85% fully. 135,000 12-15s registered and 77,000 now administered.

“But the threat is still very real as 314 Covid-19 patients now hospitalised and 54 in ICU. Take good care.”

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said the Government will release a roadmap for the further reopening of society before the end of August.

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Simon Coveney said the Government would release a roadmap for the further reopening of society before the end of the month (Niall Carson/PA)

Simon Coveney said the Government would release a roadmap for the further reopening of society before the end of the month (Niall Carson/PA)

Simon Coveney said the Government would release a roadmap for the further reopening of society before the end of the month (Niall Carson/PA)

He told RTE: “For a number of days now the number of people who tested positive is well over 2,000, and we see in Northern Ireland in the last few days the highest number of positive tests since this pandemic began, and we have seen now the numbers in hospital over 300 and the numbers in ICU over 50.

“The Delta variant is dangerous, it’s spreading and it’s present.”

It came after the Taoiseach warned that the Delta variant has not yet reached its peak in the country.

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin said the Delta variant had not yet reached its peak in Ireland (Brian Lawless/PA)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin said the Delta variant had not yet reached its peak in Ireland (Brian Lawless/PA)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin said the Delta variant had not yet reached its peak in Ireland (Brian Lawless/PA)

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Micheal Martin said: “We are concerned about the Delta variant and the increase in numbers. At a meeting last week, the CMO (chief medical officer) articulated that concern along with the Nphet representatives and the CEO of the HSE in terms of the impact on hospitalisations and ICUs.

“So we did anticipate this increase, we anticipate an increase over the next number of weeks.

"We have not reached the peak of the Delta wave yet, and of course any time the disease is increasing at this rate is a time for concern.”

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