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The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in Ireland is the lowest since the April peak

The lowest number of Covid-19 patients is currently in hospital since the peak, said the head of the Health Service Executive (HSE).

aul Reid said there are 10 confirmed positive cases in the hospital, with five patients receiving Covid-19 in intensive care.

The numbers show a 96% drop from a peak of 140 people in intensive care in April.

Mr. Reid tweeted, “Our thoughts with everyone for a full recovery.”

On Friday, health authorities were notified of another 20 confirmed Covid-19 cases, but no new deaths.

Mr. Reid also defended the response and treatment of the HSE in the coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier this year, during the pandemic, HSE effectively took over the operation of private hospitals for approximately three months.

The 100 million euros per month deal has been criticized for claims that it is underutilized and has poor value for money.

Mr Reid said it is a “fair challenge” that the HSE is open to.

He told RTE Radio 1 on Saturday: “Imagine what we all saw all over Europe, imagine the scenes we saw in Italy, in Lombardy.

“We saw a very hectic hospital system. Now we know that our hospital system here in Ireland is working on a good day with a 95% capacity. If we had witnessed the potential wave that Italy had seen, we would have to immediately build capacity to address that issue. ”

He said that when planning the next phase of Covid-19, he will do things differently.

He said: “We are now looking at planning or A, there is another wave, hopefully not; B, if there is some kind of regional or local type of big wave; or C, if there are peaks and troughs of this virus.

“We would see a possible solution. We are in talks with the private hospital groups who would look for a more agile … where you could dial in and dial back some flexibility.

“We have made a kind of reflection of our experiences from the first phase and I think we are stronger on many fronts.”

He said the knowledge and stock of PPE is much better, adding that the HSE has “built up indigenous Irish industries to give us a little resilience.”

He added, “I think staff morale has improved during Covid. I know it is always fragile, but I think it has improved for a number of reasons: public recognition of what happened. ‘

When asked whether health workers who have been infected with Covid-19 will be reimbursed, he said, “That is a process that we will always look at in terms of where we are going to provide support to people who have contracted or just felt the virus. pressure. ‘

In the meantime, the Ministry of Education is continuing its plan to reopen schools at the end of August.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin said some “final details” need to be completed over the weekend.

Education Minister Norma Foley said she will bring a memo to the cabinet on Monday detailing how schools will reopen.

The government has said its “top priority” is the return of teachers, students and school staff in the new academic year.

Ms Foley described the document as “detailed and comprehensive”.

Speaking after informing Mr Martin of the plan on Friday, Ms. Foley said: “The full and safe reopening of schools is my primary goal as Education Minister.

“The partners in education, including parents, teachers, students, school leaders and the broadest representation, are fully and fully involved in this process.

Clarity takes time. I am confident that what I bring to Cabinet will be solution-oriented, it will be a roadmap that everyone can clearly identify with.

“It makes no sense to bring something that isn’t finished. It has been a long working process. ‘

Once the document has been approved by the Cabinet, detailed guidance will be sent to schools.