13 intensive care units nationally are full, while there are 30 adult ICU beds available.

1,700 people with Covid-19 are being treated in Irish hospitals this morning, including 144 patients in ICU.

Galway University Hospital has 116 patients with confirmed covid-19- up 14 on yesterday’s total, Mayo University Hospital has 91- up 9, Sligo has 32- down four and the Potiuncula has 9 covid patients- up three.

In terms of covid patients in critical care units Galway has 10 patients- up one, while Sligo and the Portiuncula remain unchanged at three and one patient respectively.

The HSE says it has the ability to create more ICU beds through surge capacity and via the private hospitals.

However, the HSE says there won't be scenes in Ireland similar to Italy in March when the health system there was overwhelmed.

The executive's National Clinial Advisor for acute hospitals is Dr Vida Hamilton - she says Ireland is more prepared

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