1,346 new Covid-19 cases as "no doubt" HSE will be dealing with virus through Winter 1 month ago

1,346 new Covid-19 cases as "no doubt" HSE will be dealing with virus through Winter

As of this morning, there were 315 patients with the virus in hospital compared to 362 last Sunday.

There have been 1,346 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Ireland on Sunday.

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The figures released from the Department of Health did not contain the number of deaths related to Covid-19.

The Department of Health's statement also underlined that the number of daily cases may also change due to future data validation.

As of 8am on Sunday, 315 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 59 are in ICU. The number of hospitalisations is down from 362 compared with last Sunday.

It comes as HSE Chief Paul Reid told Newstalk's On The Record on Sunday that hospital numbers have started “slightly trending downwards”, however, he added there is "no doubt" that the virus will remain a problem for the HSE during Winter.

“There is no doubt as we look forward into next year and through winter, we in the health service and the HSE are going have to operate on the basis that we will still be dealing with Covid," he said.

“While the economy is moving on and society is moving on - and we all want our lives to move on - the reality for the health service is we still have to manage with Covid and still have to protect patients.

“It is a most likely scenario that we will always have, for a sustainable period of time, numbers of people in hospital with Covid. We have to put those protections in place.”

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