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St Vincent’s hospital in ‘doomsday scenario’ due to Omicron

New variant making people less sick but numbers presenting at the hospital are huge, says head of emergency medicine

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Professor John Ryan pictured at the Covid entrance to the A&E Department in St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Professor John Ryan pictured at the Covid entrance to the A&E Department in St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Professor John Ryan pictured at the Covid entrance to the A&E Department in St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

St Vincent’s is in a “doomsday scenario” in terms of the number of Covid patients presenting at the busy Dublin hospital, at a time when 400 staff are out of work as a direct consequence of the virus.

However, on a positive note the Omicron variant is making people less severely ill and the numbers in ICU at St Vincent’s is far lower than this time last year, according to Professor John Ryan, head of emergency medicine at the hospital.


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