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22/10/2021

NPHET raises concerns over rising Covid cases

Concerns raised over rising Covid cases

Concerns have been raised in a meeting today over rising Covid cases

Concern has been expressed at a meeting of the Senior Officials Group on Covid-19, about whether latest rising figures on Covid-19 represent a blip or a trend.

Today's meeting included the Secretaries General of government departments, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn and Chair of the NPHET Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group Professor Philip Nolan.

While no discussion was held about the plan to lift most remaining restrictions from Friday October 22nd, The National Public Health Emergency Team is to meet next Monday to review the trends and advise Government on how it should best proceed.

There was concern at the meeting about the rise in Covid-19 positivity rates, testing and tracing, and the number of patients in hospital and in ICUs.

A number of officials expressed concern that it appeared that complacency has risen and there may be a perception among some members of the public that the pandemic is over.

NPHET is to examine the data in detail, including any indications that the protection from full vaccination may be trailing down for some people who were vaccinated earlier in the national campaign.

Deputy Glynn said 70% of people being treated in ICU recently have not been fully vaccinated.

As of this morning, there were 408 people in hospital with the virus, up six from the same time yesterday.

Of these, 73 patients with Covid-19 are in intensive care units, unchanged from yesterday.

Yesterday, the Department of Health reported 1,466 new cases of Covid-19.

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