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Covid Latest Ireland at a tipping point in the fight against Covid- 19, says HSE Chief

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Dr Colm Henry, chief clinical officer at HSE (Leon Farrell/PA)

Dr Colm Henry, chief clinical officer at HSE (Leon Farrell/PA)

Dr Colm Henry, chief clinical officer at HSE (Leon Farrell/PA)

Ireland has reached a tipping point in the fight against Covid-19, the HSE’s chief clinical officer has said.

Dr. Colm Henry, who is also a member of the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet), has said that the health service faces greater challenges now than were faced in March.

And he has described this moment in time as a ‘crux’ as he fears there is a significant chance that the virus could get a stranglehold on the Irish public once again.

“Nphet is charged with giving the best public health advice,” he told Morning Ireland.

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Dr Colm Henry, chief clinical officer at HSE (Leon Farrell/PA)

Dr Colm Henry, chief clinical officer at HSE (Leon Farrell/PA)

Dr Colm Henry, chief clinical officer at HSE (Leon Farrell/PA)

“We look at the figures and trends and to be honest we are very worried.

“We are seeing escalating numbers of cases, now over 40,000 confirmed cases since our first confirmed case in February.

“In this country with 172 patients in acute hospitals and cases are rising.

“We are at a crux now. Level 3, Level 4 or Level 5, what matters is we have the tiniest of windows now to stop this reaching levels which will put sustained pressure on our hospitals.”

The National Public Health Emergency Team wrote to the Government last night to say they remain deeply concerned about the rising number of Covid-19 cases.

It has concerns but did not recommend further restrictions following a meeting yesterday.

And according to Dr. Henry, it is the more vulnerable in society that will pay the price should Covid-19 take hold again “This will seep through the most vulnerable in our society,” he said.

“We have seen this the past week in nursing homes and there is no evidence that the virus is any less virulent than it was at the beginning of the year.”

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