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Irish Virus Intensive Care Patients Hit Record Amid Surge

  • Hospital numbers ‘yet to peak,’ deputy prime minister says
  • Ireland has the highest level of virus per capita in the world

The number of Irish coronavirus patients in intensive care reached a record Tuesday, as the hospital system nears capacity amid one of the worst outbreaks in the globe.

Some 158 confirmed Covid-19 cases are intensive care, according to the health ministry, beating a record set in April. Overall, 1,620 patients are in hospital, almost double last year’s high. The nation is in the teeth of a new wave of the pandemic, and now has the worst instance of the virus per million people globally, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.