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Number Of Covid Patients In Hospital Up 50% Over The Past Week

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The number in ICU remains stable.

The number of Covid patients in hospital has increased by over 50% over the past week.

Today's figure is 271 in comparison to 180 last Tuesday morning.

The number of Covid patients in intensive care remains stable, at 23.

Some of the country’s popular holiday destinations such as Kerry, Waterford and Wexford are the counties with the highest rates of Covid-19, according to the latest figures.

The rate of infection is highest in those aged 35-44 followed by 25- to 34-year-olds and people aged 45-54, according to the late May report from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

Meanwhile, 498 people are on trolleys in Irish hospitals today - including 15 in Naas General Hospital.

The World Health Organisation is predicting a surge in Covid-19 cases in Ireland in September.

The WHO says new variants, along with waning immunity, will cause a peak in cases across Europe at the end of the summer.

Professor of Comparative Immunology at Trinity College Dublin, Cliona O'Farrelly, says new variants are constantly being tracked:

 

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