More than three-quarters of hospital admissions in Ireland are for people who are either sick with Ebola, in the same way that coronavirus cases have risen to more than half of hospitalisations in the UK, according to figures published today.
In a report to be released tomorrow, the Department of Health (DOH) said that of all the people in Ireland, 95% have tested positive for Ebola.
In the past two months, the country has recorded 5,939 new confirmed cases and 7,904 deaths, while there have been 5,061 deaths.
The report also found that of the 5,100 deaths in the country, 5,811 were from Ebola.
It said the number of new cases and deaths is on track to remain steady at about 1,500 per day, with a further 8,000 deaths.
Of the 5.8 million people in the Republic, almost 1.4 million have tested negative for Ebola, while 2.2 million have negative results, the report said.
The figures showed that in the past three months, 1,300 people have tested out of the 6.4m registered in the system.
The department has also said it is planning to build more Ebola diagnostic laboratories.
A further 1,000 additional beds will be added to the Republic’s Ebola hotspots.
In October, the Irish government announced that it would add 5,000 more Ebola beds to hospitals across the country.
The new beds are being planned in a bid to speed up the response times for healthcare workers who are infected and the response to the virus.
The Government has also announced a €2m budget for the outbreak response.
This year, there have already been 8,933 deaths and 3,097 confirmed cases, with an additional 5,300 deaths and 2,845 confirmed cases reported so far this year.
The number of deaths from Ebola in Ireland has been rising steadily for the past year.
The latest figures, released today, show that, so far, there are 3,084 confirmed Ebola cases and 872 deaths.