Covid-19 hospitalisations are near their peak reached during the first wave of the pandemic with 817 people in hospital with Covid-19 and 73 are in ICU.
Hospitalisations peaked at 881 in mid-April, while some swabbing centres have positively rates of 40 to 55%, according to the HSE.
It’s CEO Paul Reid says the health service is under real threat and that primary and GP services are under relentless strain.
Amid the increasingly pressuried spike in cases, HSE CEO Paul Reid said on Twitter.
Our Health Sevice is under real threat now. We're heading to the peak of hospitlaisations as in the 1st Wave. Primary & GP services are under relentless strain. Swabbing centres have positivity rates from 40 to 55%. Please reduce transmission, stay home and #StaySafe @HSELive
— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) January 5, 2021