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'Level beyond comprehension': 1,750 people now in hospital with Covid-19

158 people are in intensive care.
Jan 13th 2021, 10:00 AM 51,902 119

cases hospital numbers Latest hospitalisation numbers as of this morning. Source: Covid-19 Data Hub

THERE ARE CURRENTLY 1,750 people hospitalised with Covid-19 and 158 in ICU. 

127 people have been admitted to hospital in the past 24 hours and 104 have been discharged during this period. 

The number of people with the disease in hospital continues to near the point of doubling the previous pandemic peak of 881 people in hospital, which was recorded in mid-April last year.

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that “this is a level beyond comprehension”.

“But to assure everyone, our healthcare teams are taking emergency actions to sustain this within a level of control. We appreciate your support,” he said on Twitter this morning.

Yesterday, public health officials reported 3,086 new cases of Covid-19 and 46 additional deaths.

Two of these deaths occurred in December, and the remaining 44 occurred this month. 

“Unfortunately this evening we are seeing the effect of the recent surge of infections reflected in the increased mortality we are reporting,” Dr Tony Holohan, the Chief Medical Officer, said. 

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“Unfortunately, due to the unsustainably high level of Covid-19 infection we have experienced as a country over the past few weeks, sadly these figures are likely to continue for the next period of time. What we can do today, out of respect of those who have lost their lives and those currently in hospital or ICU – and those caring for them – is to hold firm and stay home.”

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