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Coronavirus Ireland: Hospitals braced as '50,000 may need critical care'

  • Second death as 39 new cases of virus confirmed
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CHALLENGING TIMES: A pedestrian in a mask outside Trinity College Dublin yesterday as the coronavirus outbreak in Ireland intensified. Photo: Owen Breslin

CHALLENGING TIMES: A pedestrian in a mask outside Trinity College Dublin yesterday as the coronavirus outbreak in Ireland intensified. Photo: Owen Breslin

CHALLENGING TIMES: A pedestrian in a mask outside Trinity College Dublin yesterday as the coronavirus outbreak in Ireland intensified. Photo: Owen Breslin

Hospitals are preparing to move patients to alternative facilities from tomorrow to make room for an expected surge of people with Covid-19, as a leading expert predicted that 50,000 people could require critical care during the crisis.

The measure is intended to clear space for the rising number of Covid-19 patients who are expected to need high-level hospital care as the number of confirmed cases soars.

The death of a second person with the virus here was confirmed along with 39 new cases. The total number of cases here stands at 129, with a further 34 in the North.