Coronavirus: Number Of Covid Patients In Hospital Doubles In Past week

It's at its highest level in over 14 months.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 5,263 PCR-confirmed cases of COVID-19.

In addition, on Sunday 27 March, 6,466 people registered a positive antigen test through the HSE portal. 

On Saturday 26 March, the HPSC was notified of 7,754 PCR-confirmed cases of COVID-19. 7,706* people registered a positive antigen test through the HSE portal the previous day. 

On Sunday 27 March, the HPSC was notified of 6,940 PCR-confirmed cases of COVID-19. 5,432* people registered a positive antigen test through the HSE portal the previous day. 
 
As of 8am today, 1,624 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 54 are in ICU. 

That's the highest it's been in over 14 months, with a doubling in the number of people in hospital with covid-19 in the past three weeks.

Three weeks ago, the number was only 808. 

UCD virology professor, Dr Gerald Barry, says complacency isn't the reason for the spike:


 

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