Dr. Mary Favier, President of the Irish College of General Practitioners.
“We’re being asked to move to Level 5, an observer might think, because we started this situation with the worst positioned hospital system in the whole wide European area … and now we’re paying the price” @GeorgeLeeRTE on @MorningIreland #Covid19 blog: https://t.co/gDgSsfAq4n pic.twitter.com/1nIxaCxFi6
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) October 5, 2020
On RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, RTE’s Science Correspondent George Lee said there were serious questions for NPHET in light of their reported recommendation that the entire country move to Level 5 of the Covid-19 restrictions.
His appearance followed that of Dr Mary Favier who told journalist Audrey Carville that, if the Covid-19 trajectory continues as it currently stands, Ireland will see 1,500 to 2,000 cases per day in November.
However, Mr Lee said that, a letter from NPHET last Thursday shows that NPHET, at that point did not support a move to Level 3 nationally – nevermind the reported move to Level 5.
He also pointed that there are, as of 8am this morning, 141 patients with Covid in hospitals, 21 of whom are in ICU beds and that there are only 39 ICU beds currently available.