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Number of COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals passes 500

It's the first time since early March that Irish hospitals have had 500 or more COVID-19 patients.
Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

06.30 26 Oct 2021


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Number of COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals passes 500

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

06.30 26 Oct 2021


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The number of COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals has risen to 513.

A daily HSE operations report released on Monday night showed 507 patients were being treated in hospitals at 2 pm, but that had fallen to 500 by the evening.

However, it had risen to 513 as of this morning.

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The figures compared to 497 confirmed cases in hospital yesterday morning.

It's the first time since early March that Irish hospitals have had 500 or more COVID-19 patients.

HSE figures from last night show that University Hospital Limerick had the most COVID-19 patients (52), followed by St James's in Dublin (39) and Galway University Hospital (37).

Chart showing the number of COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals Image via HSE

The latest figures also show there are 97 patients with the virus being treated in ICU - a slight drop from 99 reported yesterday.

Hospitalisations and new case numbers have remained stubbornly high in recent weeks, with the five-day moving average of new cases still above 2,000.

1,845 new cases of the virus were reported yesterday evening.

The rising number of cases and hospitalisations has led to concerns about the pressure being on the health service.

HSE boss Paul Reid last week said they're "quite under stress in a number of hospitals".

Main image: File photo. Photograph: Patrik Slezak / Alamy Stock Photo

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