Covid cases in ICU up 20% with over 1300 new cases today

Health chief in warning over Delta variant vaccine protection

Health Service Executive CEO Paul Reid has said the number of people in intensive care units with Covid-19 has risen by 20% in one week, as he urged people to continue to come forward and be vaccinated.

Speaking on RTÉ's This Week, Mr Reid said that a rise in cases over the past four days has been matched with an increase in hospitalisations.

The Department of Health today reported 1,384 new cases of Covid-19.

As of this morning, there were 382 patients being treated in hospital for Covid-19, an increase of 29 on the same time yesterday.

Of these, 74 patients are in ICUs with the virus.

Mr Reid said that 67% of the patients in ICU have not been vaccinated for Covid-19, while 3% are partially vaccinated.

There were 319 people in hospital with Covid-19 on the same day last week.

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