DEFENCE Force units have deployed in Cork to assist healthcare workers battling at hospitals to deal with the Covid-19 crisis.
Army units from Collins Barracks in Cork are now assisting hospital staff to make best use of acute medical treatment space for virus cases and to ensure maximum efficiency for social distancing of both patients and staff.
The deployment follows the use of Defence Forces ambulances to supplement healthcare resources earlier this week.
Last week, the Naval Service patrol ship LE Eithne was berthed on Cork's upper quays to act as a support base for onshore Covid-19 testing.
Navy ships have also deployed to Dublin and Galway to support the national effort against the coronavirus. Now, the Defence Forces have provided special support for the Mercy University Hospital (MUH).
With Cork University Hospital (CUH), MUH is one of the designated centres in the south to deal with virus cases.
"MUH is engaging with the Defence Forces for logistical support as part of its Covid-19 prepardness plan," a hospital spokesperson said.
"This is in line with HSE protocols and allows MUH to maximise site capability."
"The support includes the use of marquees in close proximity to the hospital that will provide the necessary physical distancing space for staff and ED patient flow.”
Under the plan, the Army erected tents will allow for out-of-hospital checking of both patients and staff. This could extend to precautionary temperature checks.
Cork and the south has been the focus of Ireland's second greatest concentration of Covid-19 case clusters outside of the greater Dublin area.