Intensive care patients with Covid-19 at record level

The number of people in intensive care with Covid-19 has hit its highest figure to date.

158 patients are in ICU and 13 hospitals have no critical beds available at all.

1,700 patients are in hospital with the virus.

Around 4,000 healthcare workers are unavailable at present due to being sick with covid or close contacts.

The HSE’s Dr Vida Hamilton says unfortunately hospital numbers will continue to rise.

"We are currently in the midst of a massive surge. We predict that we will have over 2,000 patients in hospital with Covid next week.

"We will have more than 220 patients in critical care with Covid-19."

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