Digital Desk, Dublin. Ireland’s hospital system is overwhelmed by rising cases of the coronavirus, hospitalizations and those admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This information was given by an officer. Anne O’Connor, chief operating officer of the state agency Health Services Executive (HSE), told local media that there are currently only 94 beds available across Ireland, Xinhua news agency reported.
There has been a 25 percent increase in hospital admissions in the past week and a 41 percent increase in ICU admissions during this period, O’Connor said in an interview with Irish national radio and television broadcaster RTE. He said that people coming to the hospital with coronavirus are in worse condition this time. Currently 81 out of 117 infected in ICU require ventilation. According to HSE, there are only over 200 ICU beds in the country’s public hospital system.
According to the Irish Department of Health, 4,570 new cases of coronavirus were reported in the last 24 hours while 622 infected are being treated in hospitals, of whom 117 are in ICU. These figures are the highest since the current wave of infections in the country in mid-July. On Monday, the Irish Department of Health announced a Winter Preparedness Plan that plans to add more than 200 beds to the hospital by the end of next March.