Ireland nearly has highest rate of Covid "on the planet", says expert

  • Ireland nearly has highest rate of Covid

Ireland nearly has highest rate of Covid "on the planet", says expert

Meanwhile the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said the recent surge in infections in death is likely to continue.

Northern Ireland's six health trusts say the number of people with Covid-19 in hospital will double by the third week of January.

According to the newspaper, the Belmullet Electoral Area was listed as the having the highest number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past two weeks.

Earlier this week, Ireland was named as having the worst Covid-19 infection rate in all of Europe, with more than 45,000 new cases of the virus in one week; but with cases continuing to spike exponentially in nearly every county, Ireland is now the worst-hit country in the world with the disease.

Some 3,086 new cases of the virus have also been notified to the Department of Health. 128 additional hospitalisations have occurred in the past 24 hours.

Trust ask staff 'to go directly to the hospital' as it struggles to cope

604 of toady's cases are in Galway, with 574 in Dublin, 466 in Mayo, 187 in Cork, 138 in Limerick and the remaining 1,117 cases are spread across all other counties.

"We know that hospitalisations occur some weeks after a confirmed case is notified, and mortality after that again". Our staff, although exhausted, will once more go above and beyond to do the best they can for as many people as possible, and we thank them for it. Due to increasing pressures this evening on the NI Healthcare System, we are appealing to you to contact or go directly to the hospital. As of this morning, we have 146 people sadly in ICU. But the surge in infections in late December and early January on Tuesday pushed numbers in intensive care above the mid-April peak of 155. "This is vital in order to make significant headway over the next 7 days and to reduce the pressure on our health services and healthcare colleagues".

The new United Kingdom variant of the disease, and ten of thousands of Irish people returning home from overseas for Christmas, are also highly likely to have contributed to the explosion in cases. The recent authorisation of the 2 COVID-19 vaccine for Europe, Moderna, and the latest news on the Astra Zeneca approval process gives us cause for hope for rapid community vaccination against COVID-19 in coming months.

The new United Kingdom variant of the disease is now accounting for approximately 45% of all new cases identified in Ireland.