Number of COVID patients in hospitals drops for first time since Christmas


The number of people with Covid-19 in hospitals has dropped below 2,000.


It's the first time the numbers have decreased since Christmas Day.


Over the last two weeks, there was a record rise in the number of Covid patients.


After yesterday's record number of 2,023, this morning there are 1,954 Covid-19 patients in hospitals across the country .


That's a drop of 69 from yesterday.


It is a 3% decrease on yesterday's total, however, in the past week the number has risen by 15%.


In the past 24 hours, there have been 115 admissions across Ireland.


There were also 153 discharges associated with the disease - which is a new record.


Figures last night showed there were 199 people with Covid in ICU.


The HSE says hospitals are coping with the current levels of Covid-19 but remain under significant pressure.


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A further eight deaths linked to the virus were confirmed last night with 2,121 new cases.


Speaking yesterday evening, Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:


"This third wave of the pandemic has seen a higher level of hospitalisations across all age groups.


"There are now more sick people in hospital than any time in the course of this pandemic.


"The risk that this disease poses to the individual who is infected has not changed.


"What has changed is that we are experiencing a much greater level of community transmission and as a result, we are seeing higher numbers of people with severe illness who require hospitalisation or admission to intensive care and higher numbers of mortality.


"Please continue to stay at home and drive down this infection in our community.''


Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health added:


"Our survey data indicates that 60% report contacting older relatives and friends to ensure they are okay.


"Providing support and reassurance to older and more vulnerable members of society is an important part of our collective response to this pandemic.