Drop In Number Of Covid Patients In Midlands Hospitals

A local immunology expert says he's optimistic about a vaccine.

The number of covid patients in midlands hospitals has dropped to 21.

That includes 9 in Tullamore Regional Hospital, 8 in Mullingar, and 4 in Portlaoise - and is down from 24 last week.

4 of those patients are being treated in intensive care - 2 each in Portlaoise and Tullamore.

There are currently 2 ICU beds available at Mullingar Hospital, but none in Tullamore or Portlaoise.

Mullingar's Kingston Mills, professor of experimental immunology at Trinity College, is optimistic about when a vaccine will be available:

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