This modelling data on COVID-19 in Ireland was presented at the Department of Health press briefing on Thursday 30 April 2020 by Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of NPHET Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group.
Professor Nolan said:
"To understand the importance of our next steps we should look back to the pattern of the epidemic at the beginning of March. Within 10 days we went from 50 people in ICU to 140 people in ICU. Currently, there are 106 patients in ICU.
"If a similar surge occurred on top of our current ICU figure, we would find it very difficult to manage the treatment of patients. This reflects the sensitivity required in relaxing restrictions."