Thursday, March 24, 2022

The number of confirmed Covid-19 patients at Mayo University Hospital has increased to 70.

Only eight other hospitals in the country have a higher number of confirmed cases and MUH has the highest number of Covid positive patients in the West.

New infections have risen to near-record daily highs driven by the more transmissible Omicron BA.2 subvariant, leading to higher hospitalisations and healthcare staff absences.

The health service is “really struggling” due to the latest surge in Covid-19 cases, HSE Chief Operations Officer Anne O’Connor has said.

“Whether it’s in our hospitals, our community services, our national ambulance service, we are really struggling in terms of the level of Covid across services and across our staff,” she told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland .

As of 8am, there were 1,425 Covid patients in hospital, up from 1,395 on the same time yesterday morning.

More than 21,000 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded yesterday and cases were up 29% in the last seven days, she said.

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