NPHET’s worrying update as 1,627 cases reported alongside increase in hospital numbers

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Health officials have today confirmed 1,627 new cases of Covid-19 over the past 24 hours.

415 people are in hospital for severe side effects of the virus, 70 of which are in the ICU – marking an increase of 1.

Dr Ronan Glynn issued a worrying caution to public alongside the updated figures and said: “Unfortunately, we have seen increases across key indicators of Covid-19 right across the country and the growth rate of the epidemic has accelerated in recent days.

“All indicators of Covid-19 are pointing towards a deteriorating disease trajectory nationally. We are seeing an increase in incidence in all age groups, including older age groups. The national incidence is now 415/100,000.

“As a result, we are seeing an impact on our hospital system with an average of 50 people being admitted to hospital per day (up from 35 per day at the end of September) and 5 admissions to intensive care per day.



Ronan Glynn's worrying update as 1,627 cases reported alongside increase in hospital numbers
Ronan Glynn’s worrying update as 1,627 cases reported alongside increase in hospital numbers

“It’s important that anyone who is fully vaccinated is reassured that vaccines give very good protection from Covid-19. However, when incidence of disease is high, we will see breakthrough infections in vaccinated people – most people’s experience of infection will be mild, but some will end up in hospital and intensive care. We want to avoid that.

“Please continue to protect yourself by adhering to the public health advice. This will stop the spread and drive down incidence of Covid-19 in our communities.”

Glynn advised that if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 including a high temperature, dry cough, or flu-like symptoms, you should get a test and stay at home.

“Do not go to work, school, college or socialise. This applies even if you are fully vaccinated – please do not assume that because you are vaccinated you can’t get Covid-19.

“Continue to regularly wash hands, wear a mask when appropriate – particularly in retail settings, on public transport and in healthcare settings; keep your distance, open windows and ventilate indoor spaces, and choose outdoors where possible for meeting others.

“You should follow this advice regardless of your vaccination status.’’

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