HEALTH officials have announced that 1,627 new cases of Covid-19 have been detected in Ireland today.
The Department of Health say that, as of 8am today, there are 415 people in hospital being treated for the coronavirus. Of those, 70 are in intensive care settings.
At Letterkenny University Hospital, there are 15 patients with Covid-19, two of whom are in ICU.
Ireland’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, has said that there is an increase in the incidence of Covid-19, a figure that is now 415 per 100,000 people.
Dr Glynn said: “As a result, we are seeing an impact on our hospital system with an average of 50 people being admitted to hospital per day (up from 35 per day at the end of September) and five admissions to intensive care per day.
“It’s important that anyone who is fully vaccinated is reassured that vaccines give very good protection from Covid-19.
“However, when incidence of disease is high, we will see breakthrough infections in vaccinated people – most people’s experience of infection will be mild, but some will end up in hospital and intensive care. We want to avoid that.”