HSE concerned about the pressure on some hospitals as the number of Covid-19 patients continues to rise
There are 109 patients in intensive care, with 19 admissions since yesterday.
There are now 1,151 people with the virus being treated in Irish hospitals - which has more than doubled in the space of a week.
There are also 109 patients in intensive care, with 19 admissions since yesterday.
Over 180 nurses are unavailable to work at Cork University Hospital due to Covid reasons, resulting in the closures of wards at CUH and CUMH.
A deal with private hospitals is now being finalised to provide extra capacity in the system.
HSE Chief Operations Officer Anne O'Connor says there's concern about the procedures not going ahead while non-urgent care is on hold:
" For the procedures that are the urgent time dependent cardiothoracic, cancer surgeries, etc. they're the types of things that we want the private hospitals to take on because those people need those treatments and interventions"
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