THE number of suspected Covid-19 cases in acute hospitals in Ireland has risen sharply to 149 – jumping by 38 suspected cases in one day.
On Saturday evening, it was reported there were 111 suspected cases in hospitals – but this rose to 149 by 8pm on Sunday, according to HSE data.
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University Hospital Limerick has the highest number of suspected Covid-19 cases at 46.
UHL has overtaken Beaumont Hospital, which went from having 19 patients with suspected Covid-19 cases to 12 – a drop of seven cases.
Galway University Hospital and the Mater Hospital follow Beaumont – with nine suspected cases respectively.
The number of confirmed cases in the hospital has jumped by one over the course of the week – from 11 to 12.
Most of these cases were in the Mater Hospital in Dublin – where six patients are being treated.
While two cases of the killer bug have been confirmed in the past 24 hours.
One confirmed Covid-19 patient is being treated in Galway University Hospital, the other is being treated at Portlaoise.
Last night, overall there were 20 confirmed and suspected Covid-19 patients being treated in critical care units – 11 patients with confirmed coronavirus and a further nine suspected cases.
There were ten patients in critical care on a ventilator – seven of these patients with confirmed Covid-19 and a further three suspected cases.
The Mater Hospital is treating the majority of critical care patients with suspected and confirmed Covid – with four confirmed patients and one suspected cases.
Meanwhile, there was a jump in the number of available Critical Care beds in Irish hospitals.
Last Sunday there were 42 available adult public critical care beds – this jumped to 55.
Overall there are 278 patients being treated in critical care at the moment, including cases of Covid-19.
NURSING HOME CONCERNS
Meanwhile, some 52 Irish nursing homes failed infectious control inspections last year, the Irish Sun has revealed.
It comes as the Health Information Quality Authority is under pressure to publish the results of 246 infection control checks that were carried out in homes so far this year in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
New figures show more than 22 per cent of nursing homes in 2019 were not compliant with rules to stop the spread of infections among residents.
The numbers show that HIQA carried out 239 ‘Regulation 27’ infectious control inspections in homes last year, with just 142 of these found to be fully compliant.
Some 45 homes were substantially compliant and 52 others failed the inspections.
The numbers were sent by HIQA to Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd after he raised the issue in the Dail’s special committee on Covid-19.
And the “green list” for travel will not be published today – as the Cabinet meeting set to sign off on the list has been postponed.
The Cabinet was expected to meet today to review advice from public health experts on which countries could be included on the list.
The Cabinet meeting was postponed yesterday evening due to ongoing negotiations in Brussels.
Taoiseach Micheal Martin, who is attending the summit, will be delayed returning to Ireland due to the late negotiations.
Ten new Covid-19 cases were confirmed yesterday, while no further deaths were announced.
It means the coronavirus death toll here remains at 1,753 and the total number of confirmed cases is now 25,760.