Analysis: Hospitalisations and deaths set to increase as case numbers soar

The number of Covid-19 patients in ICU is already higher than the peak of the second wave

5th January, 2021
Analysis: Hospitalisations and deaths set to increase as case numbers soar
Dr Tony Holohan, the Chief Medical Officer: Nphet has warned there could be 1,500-2,000 people in hospital by mid January, and 200-400 people in ICU. Picture: Rollingnews.ie

The number of new cases of Covid-19 has grown dramatically in the past week, with daily confirmed cases five times higher than the peaks of previous waves.

With more than 20,000 cases reported last week, the total was 217 per cent higher than the previous week, highlighting the rapid pace of Ireland’s third wave. There was an average of 3,015 cases per day.

The rise in hospitalisations has also been dramatic. Some 332 people were hospitalised...

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