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lock me up RTE reporter Philip Boucher-Hayes comes down with Covid for the FOURTH time

'In the interests of general public health I’m willing to be locked up until this is over'

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RTE reporter Philip Boucher-Hayes has revealed that he has now come down with Covid-19 for the fourth time. 

The veteran journalist sounded a resigned tone in a tweet announcing has latest encounter with the virus as he declared: “I have now had Covid four times. In the interests of general public health I’m willing to be locked up until this is over.”

However, he made a more serious point that “the last dose has flattened me”.

“I was lucky to breeze through the first three with only loss of taste and smell,” he added.

He got numerous messages of support from fellow sufferers with one person writing: “I got it this Mother’s Day for the first time. I can safely say I would have been hospitalized if I wasn’t trebled vaccinated.

“I burned more calories on Sunday with my racing heart rate than I did in my fastest half marathon. Frightening stuff..feel better soon.”

Another asked: “Serious question Philip, how is your memory. I had it in December, and I find myself struggling to remember words.”

Philip replied: “Nothing that serious. Definitely having a harder time laying down short term memory. But that’s a general concentration thing. Go and see somebody to put your mind at rest.”

Another person commiserated: “I'm over two years into Long Covid. Only infected once in the very beginning.

"Life altering and not in a good way. There are thousands of us out there and millions worldwide. We are acutely familiar with being flattened, usually on a daily or weekly basis. Horrible dose.”

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It’s ghastly Diarmuid,” Philip agreed, “and you can’t be left behind as we try to race away from this.”

The Department of Health announced a further 5,962 PCR-confirmed cases of Covid-19 yesterday.

As of 8am, 1,605 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, of whom 50 are in intensive care.

Yesterday, 8,587 people registered a positive antigen test through the HSE portal.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said it was critical for the approximately 700,000 people who have had two vaccine doses to get their third booster jab as quickly as possible.

The minister said nearly 60% of Covid patients in hospital have not yet been boosted.

He said that the hospital system is under severe pressure with an increasing number of patients with the virus.

Around half of patients in critical care are there because of Covid, and about half of those patients have received three vaccine doses, Mr Donnelly said.

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