Slight fall in patients in hospital with Covid-19

There has been a slight reduction in the number of patients in hospital with Covid-19.

Latest figures from the Health Service Executive puts the number of Covid-19 patients at 1,911, with 196 of these in intensive care units.

Yesterday morning there were 2,023 patients with Covid-19 in hospitals, the highest number recorded so far.

The hospitals with the largest number of patients are University Hospital Limerick with 148, Cork University Hospital with 146 and St Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin with 134.

Thirteen hospitals are listed as having no ICU beds free.

Overall around the country, there are 23 adult ICU beds available, plus some surge capacity and private hospital facilities that can be availed of.

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Yesterday, the Department of Health reported eight more Covid-related deaths and 2,121 new cases of the virus.

The death toll now stands at 2,616 with a cumulative total of 174,843 infections.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said the third wave has seen higher level of hospitalisations across all age groups.

He said that the risk the virus poses to the individual who is infected has not changed, but what has changed is that there is a much greater level of community transmission.

The HSE’s National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Acute Hospitals, Dr Vida Hamilton, said the situation in the hospital system is “very pressurised but functioning”.