April 23, 2024

LATEST: Healthcare hit by ‘perfect storm’ as over 3,000 new cases of virus confirmed

A further 3,161 people have contracted the coronavirus, the Department of Health confirmed today.

And the number of patients now being treated for the virus in hospitals now stands at 498 patients, an increase of 20 from yesterday.

The numbers being treated in ICU has risen by three to 78.

Meanwhile, latest HSE figures show more than 52,600 ‘booster’ doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered to people under 60 who are immunocompromised. There are around 90,000 people in this group due to get the extra dose.

Meanwhile, people stuck on hospital waiting lists will continue to have to wait while the number of people in hospitals with Covid-19 remains high, the President of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO)
Dr Ina Kelly said.

It comes after the IMO yesterday warned our healthcare services are being hit by “a perfect storm”.

Dr Ina Kelly told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that while it is fortunate that hospital numbers appear to be stable enough despite the high level of community transmission, they are very high and continuing to put pressure on exhausted staff.

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