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Rise in the number of Covid victims; 156 people hospitalized and 25 in ICU

As the number of Covid cases in Ireland skyrocketed, the number of people being treated in hospitals rose to 156.

Meanwhile, 25 people are being treated in the ICU for Covid, the deputy CMO Dr. Ronan Glynn.

Last Thursday, 122 people were being treated in hospitals and 20 in the ICU, but within a week there has been a huge increase in the number of patients, Glyn said.

He also warns that the increase in Covid cases indicates the severity and spread of the disease.

Meanwhile, 611 people were tested positive for Covid-19 in Ireland on Wednesday, and five deaths were also confirmed.

In early August, only eight people were hospitalized with Covid, and in September, only six were in the ICU.

The increase in the number of cases are creating worries and concerns in one way and on the other hand the number of Covid related deaths are also rising.

In September, only five Covid deaths were recorded, but in September it rose to 34.

So far in October, eight deaths related to Covid have been officially confirmed. There is also a huge increase in the number of cases per day.

The five-day average rose to 506 cases, up from 370 the previous year. In the past week, 3,436 people have been infected in Ireland.

Covid test positivity rate has risen from three to four per cent over the past week.

Meanwhile, Professor Philip Nolan, chairman of NPET’s Epidemiological Modeling Advisory Group, said their goal is to reduce the number of patients in the ICU.

He said that discussions should also focus ICU capacity along with reducing disease rates.

He added that it is more important to suppress the virus than to significantly reduce the number of patients in the ICU.

Dr Siobhán Ni Bhriain, consultant psychiatrist and HSE integrated care lead, said that patients should be admitted to the ICU only in the acute stage of the disease.

“ICU is the last stop in the care pathway for any illness. Focus on prevention and follow public health advice to ensure care pathways are available to as many people and treatments as possible,” she said. 

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