Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has called for more accurate figures from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) on Covid-19 hospital admissions.
Health experts have been told to exclude Covid-19 patients in hospitals if they are not in hospital because of the virus.
Patients who are in hospital because of something unrelated to the virus, but who test positive while in the hospital, and may be experiencing no symptoms should be excluded, Government has said.
“There are essentially three categories and we should be able to quantify them,” Leo Varadkar said.
“The first are those admitted with Covid and being treated for it; the second category are those admitted with something else but who got Covid in hospital and are now being treated for it, and the third are those admitted for something else, who were swabbed and found positive, but who are not being treated for it.”
The Secretary General at the Department of the Taoiseach has written to NPHET seeking more detailed breakdowns of data to guide Government in making critical decisions.
The letter suggests data should only reflect those who are admitted to hospital as a result of Covid-19.