Irish health officials have today confirmed an additional 8 COVID-related deaths.
A further 46 people diagnosed with Covid-19 in the Republic have died, the highest number of fatalities reported in one day since April. There were 128 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours. "That means we are unfortunately set for a period of time where the situation in our hospitals gets worse before it gets better", he added.
It has been confirmed today at 1,582 people are now being treated for Covid-19 in hospitals here, with 146 of those ICU.
There has been a total of 2,397 COVID-19 related deaths and 155,591 confirmed cases in Ireland. This afternoon, Paul Reid of the HSE tweeted to say that the situation in hospitals is 'now beyond strain.' He told the public that 'to avoid getting sick, protect your family & healthcare workers please, please stay at home'. "At the peak of the first surge there were 400 people in hospital so already we're in a very grave situation".
Ireland has only five intensive care beds per 100,000 people, much lower than the OECD22 average of 12, according to OECD data. The potential long-term impacts on these patients' health is stark and significant.
"What we can do today, out of respect of those who have lost their lives and those now in hospital or ICU - and those caring for them - is to hold firm and stay home".
759 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 16 related deaths in NI
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group said: "The alarming level of disease is unprecedented in terms of our experience of the levels of COVID-19 in the community".
With more than 45,000 new cases over the last week, it shows that the disease is spreading here at a faster rate than other European nations or the United States.
He added that he hoped the current measures would "significantly suppress transmission of the virus". "This virus can not spread when households do not mix together, when social gatherings do not occur and when people stay at home for all but essential reasons", he said.
"At the moment one in four of the people in our hospitals have Covid-19".
"We now have nearly the highest rate of Covid-19 on the planet, which is very worrying, and our rate has gone up much faster than other European countries".
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