Covid-19 hospitalisations have hit a nine-month high with 684 people with the virus being treated in hospital.
This is a rise of 10% from the last week and 37% over the last fortnight. The highest number of hospitalisations is at the Mater Hospital in Dublin which is currently treating 74 patients.
The latest figures have revealed that there are 125 patients in ICU with the virus, which is the highest figure recorded since the end of February.
The vast increase in Covid-19 hospitalisations has resulted in immense pressure being placed on hospital systems.
Recently, the Mater Hospital had to cancel a transplant surgery due to a shortage in ICU beds at the hospital and throughout the capital.
According to Senior Lecturer at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Eoghan de Barra, hospitals are already restricting scheduled or elective activities with plans being put in place for further escalation in numbers.
With many hospitals having surge plans in place, de Barra has expressed concerns that these plans will have to be implemented in the coming weeks.
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