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Cases climb Covid-19 Ireland: 2,148 new cases confirmed and 63 deaths during past week

There are now 464 people in hospital with Covid-19, 86 of whom are in ICU.

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Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA.

Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA.

Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA.

A further 2,148 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) this afternoon.

There have been 63 newly notified deaths of people with Covid-19 in the past seven days.

There are now 464 people in hospital with Covid-19, 86 of whom are in ICU. Fourteen people have been admitted to intensive care with the virus in the last 24 hours. This is up from an average of five people per day in recent weeks.

Ireland’s national 14-day incidence of the virus now stands at 493 cases per 100,000. Close to one of every 200 people in Ireland have tested positive for the virus in the past two weeks.

The increasing numbers in hospitals are “partly” due to waning vaccine immunity, according to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly. Mr Donnelly also said that booster jabs for people aged over 60 will be rolled out “imminently”.

The Minister said he hopes that the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) will give the green light for boosters for frontline workers shortly as he warned of a “tough winter” in healthcare.

“Partly, as we know, it’s social interaction, we know that the disease spreads person to person, that it’s airborne.

“Partly it may be due to some waning immunity. Partly it may be due to the fact that this is a viciously contagious variant, this Delta variant that we’re dealing with, unfortunately,” he said.

“I would like to see us get the green light for boosters for frontline workers. We are now seeing, from studies around the world, waning immunity after a particular time period,” said Mr Donnelly.

“It’s going to be a tough winter in healthcare, as we go into the winter, we’ve got to be doing everything we can. If there’s one thing that Covid has taught us and other governments is that you don’t know what could happen in the future. Two weeks ago, the trajectory here was very good,” he said.

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