A 14 year-old teenager has died after testing positive for Covid-19, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has reported.
The case is recorded in the latest coronavirus deaths report for the week to 9 November last.
The teenager is the youngest person to die in Ireland with the disease.
Before now, the youngest Covid death here was 17 years old and the oldest was 105 years.
In the past week, 25 people with Covid-19 were recorded as having died during that time period.
Earlier today, Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer with the Health Service Executive.
warned that the whole healthcare system is under huge pressure.
It followed the reporting of 3,680 new cases of Covid-19 by the Department of Health.
The number of people in hospital who have tested positive for the disease is 543, down eight since yesterday.
Of these, 97 are receiving treatment in intensive care, an increase of eight overnight.
Northern Ireland reported 1,462 new Covid 19 infections and six more deaths.
Dr Henry told RTÉ’s Six One News that it was not just about hospitals feeling the strain but “the whole healthcare system, from testing and tracing to GPs – they are all under huge pressure”.
While the conversion rate from cases to hospitalisations was much lower than in January due to vaccination, “nevertheless, as cases go up, that will mean more people coming into hospital and needing beds and some will end up in ICU”.
Earlier, Health Service Executive CEO Paul Reid said hospitalisations have increased by 20%.
in the last week and warned that the health system alone cannot find a way out of the current wave of Covid-19.
He told RTÉ’s News at One that “no health system on its own can get its way out of this …
and cope with that level of surge and relentlessness at a peak that we are seeing right now”.
Mr Reid said RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is leading to hospitalisations, while other seasonal viruses are also having an impact
with many emergency departments seeing presentations up 20% on pre-pandemic figures.
He said many attendances are older people impacted by delayed care as a result of the pandemic.
Mr Reid said increased resources has put in place, with 11,000 extra staff and
900 more hospital beds, but the surge continues to stretch the system.
He said that even the most resourced healthcare systems in Europe are under significant pressure,
including in the Netherlands and Germany.