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Doctors Issue Warning As Almost Every ICU Bed Is Full

There are no available intensive beds in midlands hospitals today.

There's a warning every intensive care unit across the country is nearly full as the number of Covid-19 patients continues to rise.

There are 1,153 people with the virus in hospital today - 109 of them are in ICU, which has more than doubled in a week.

There are no available intensive beds in midlands hospitals today - with seven patients being treated in ICU for covid-19.

HSE figures show just 25 ICU beds are available nationwide - but the current limit of 277 beds can be scaled up to 350.

Alan Gaffney, Vice President of the Intensive Care Society and an ICU consultant at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, says it's likely that surge capacity will be needed:

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