Five more cases of Covid-19 were detected at Letterkenny University Hospital yesterday.
Records from the hospital last night show that there are now 12 patients with the virus receiving hospital care. Two of the patients are in intensive care.
The hospital reported a further five suspected cases of Covid-19. A double-test approach is being taken at LUH during the pandemic.
Health officials have warned of an ‘exponential’ rise in Covid-19 case numbers and hospitalisations this week. Last night, the number of people in Irish hospitals rose to 171 and there were 26 new admissions yesterday. Twenty seven Covid-19 patients are in ICU.
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said on Wednesday: “The Reproductive number is now estimated at 1.2. If we fail to reduce viral transmission nationwide immediately, we could see 1,100 – 1,500 cases per day and 300-450 people in hospital by November 7th.”