“Once you have reached that number, you have to match medical care, and that impacts on medical professionals and the hours they are working, so things are not going to be normal.”
He said: “We are going to do everything we possibly can to ensure they are (stable), so if you do not get your meal on time (in an isolation facility), do not get angry. Things are not normal.
“We will try every single thing we can to ensure that it is. If there is something that you want to point out to us that we can get better, even with these numbers, I want you to do it, but do it in the right way.”
Forde disclosed medical staff have had to deal with fighting and other anti-social behaviour from people in the isolation facilities and this added to the burdens being placed on them.
“We are stretched,” he said. “We are stretched not only in terms of numbers (of patients), but we are also stretched in terms of doctors.
“I lost one of my doctors (on Tuesday) in terms of being ill and another one is going to go off for their own personal stuff and that’s where we are at in the country… but help is on the way.”
He added: “There is burn-out of physicians. People are tired. They still have to do their normal lives. We were discussing it only (on Tuesday).