Covid-19 hospitalisations in Ireland down 87% since January peak

Covid-19 hospitalisations in Ireland down 87% since January peak

COVID-19 hospitalisations in Ireland have dropped by nearly 90% since their peak in mid-January.

According to HSE figures, there are just 260 patients currently being treated for Covid-19 in Irish hospitals, compared with 2,020 two-and-a-half months ago.

There are also just 58 Covid-19 patients in intensive care at the moment, which represents a 73% drop from January's peak when there were a whopping 221.

Roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines has undoubtedly played a significant part in reducing infection and hospitalisation rates around the country, and HSE Chief Paul Reid announced that Good Friday was Ireland's 'best day ever' for vaccinations.

Not only did Good Friday represent Ireland's most successful vaccination day, it was also marked the end of the nation's best ever week, with around 120,000 jabs administered.

On Monday he tweeted: "Just last Thursday, we received the delivery of our first millionth #covid19 vaccine. This week we'll administer the 1st millionth vaccine here. Just to demonstrate that we'll continue to administer whatever supplies we get as efficiently as possible."

Latest figures from the Department of Health show that an additional 457 cases of coronavirus were confirmed on Sunday, as well as three more Covid-related deaths.

It brings Ireland's Covid-19 death toll to 4,718 and its overall case count to 238,148.