Ireland became the latest country to smash its previous record number of daily COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, reporting 16,428 new infections as those requiring treatment in hospital also began to rise, the health department saidÇ APA reports quoting Reuters.
That topped the 11,182 reported on Dec. 24 with the fast- spreading Omicron accounting for almost all cases and making tests hard to come by. There are 568 coronavirus patients in hospital, sharply up on the Dec. 25 two-month low of 378.
The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital peaked at just over 2,000 in January during Ireland's deadliest wave when a barely manageable 221 filled almost every intensive care bed in the country. 93 patients currently require critical care.