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HSE Chief Clinical Officer: Twindemic Of Covid & Flu Possible But Not Certain This Winter

19 people were waiting on trolleys in Naas General at 8am this morning

The HSE's Chief Clinical Officer says a 'twindemic' of Covid and Flu this winter is possible, but not certain.

Colm Henry says recent trends in other countries show lower death rates for influenza compared to 2021.

Earlier this week, the Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, instructed the HSE to take steps to use all private hospital capacity available this winter.

The INMO says agreements with private providers need to be made early, as public hospitals would not be able to cope.

HSE Chief Clinical Officer, Colm Henry, says flu outbreaks in places like Australia have not led to high rates of serious illness:

According to today's INMO Trolley Watch figures, as of 8am 19 people were awaiting beds.

Nationally, 404 patients were waiting on trolleys in Ireland's hospital system.

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