The number of patients with Covid-19 in ICU has increased to 117, the highest the total has reached since March 1st.
The figure is 50% higher than it was last Monday when there were just 78 Covid-positive patients in ICU requiring treatment.
UPDATE: 117 patients in ICU with Covid-19, highest since March 1st.
📈 50% higher than last Monday. https://t.co/i6xtXzDig2
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In total across the hospital system, there's 617 patients with the virus, which is the highest the figures has been since February 25th.
That is also 23.8% higher than last Monday, and more than 19% higher than the total of a fortnight ago.
"In January of this year, we had 2,020 positive Covid patients in hospital and 212 in ICU," said HSE CEO Paul Reid who said the situation in the hospitals is stark.
"But the reality of it is, back in January no other care was being taken care of - just urgent care and Covid care.
"Whereas now in our hospitals with 11,000 beds all other care is being taken care of."
The HSE CEO also says there's high levels of "stress and duress" across the health system caused by Covid-19.
Tonight, a meeting of the Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 will take place to discuss the current situation with the virus and if any restrictions may be implemented to try and stop the spread of Covid.