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covid figures 1,456 new Covid cases as 'hugely disproportionate' number of people in ICU unvaccinated

66 people are currently being treated in ICU, with six deaths reported in Northern Ireland

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The Department of Health was notified of 1,456 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, as HSE CEO Paul Reid said a “hugely disproportionate” number of patients in ICU with the disease are unvaccinated.

The number of people in hospital with the disease was 261, with 66 people in ICU.

Before the latest figures were released, Reid urged those not vaccinated to come forward for the vaccine.

“Thankfully the hospitalised #COVID19 patients are now down to 261 & falling,” Reid wrote on Twitter. “ICU cases are rising at 71, with a hugely disproportionate number of unvaccinated patients. It's never too late to be vaccinated & our commitment stands, to never leave anyone behind. It works.”

Yesterday the number of patients in ICU was 73 - the highest level since the fourth wave of the pandemic first began in July.

New figures showed that 301 people with Covid-19 were treated in ICU between April 1st and last weekend. Of those, the vast majority over the age of 15 were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

Just 51 of the ICU 301 patients admitted since April 1st were as a result of breakthrough infections in people who were fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, GPs will begin to get their supplies of booster vaccines from next Monday week. It’s expected that doctors will begin with vaccinating people over the age of 90 first. A flu vaccine campaign is also set to begin next week, with supplies also due to begin arriving at surgeries.

In Northern Ireland, six further deaths have been reported in people who tested positive for Covid-19. In addition 1,072 new cases were also reported.

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