No Covid patients at Kilkenny hospital
St Luke’s General Hospital in Kilkenny is one of eight hospitals nationally that have zero covid patients currently in their care.
The news was confirmed by Health Service Executive CEO Paul Reid, who tweeted: “Further good news. Eight adult hospitals now have zero #covid19 inpatients (St James’s, Naas, Tullamore, Sligo, Galway, Kilkenny, Mercy, Waterford).
“Also the three Children’s Hospitals at Temple St, Crumlin & Tallaght. Great relief for patients, public & staff,” Mr Reid added.
The latest news followed other positive figures that confirmed Ireland has so far responded well in battling the new delta variant, formerly known as the Indian variant.
Ireland recorded just 126 cases of the variant up to May 20, an increase of ten on earlier last month.
In contrast, the UK has seen the delta variant become the dominant type with 90% of all new cases being the new B117 variant. To date, more than 42,000 cases have been detected in the UK.