Rise in Covid hospitalisations a concern- Deputy CMO

402 patients currently hospitalised with symptoms

Approximately 70% of people being treated in intensive care for COVID-19 have not been fully vaccinated.

“This is a significant cause for concern,” says Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, who adds that in recent days the Department for Health has noted an increasing number of people with COVID-19 admitted to hospital and to intensive care.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre yesterday reported 1,466 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 402 patients currently hospitalised with symptoms, of which 73 are in ICU.

“Vaccination, along with our continuing adherence to the public health advice, will break the chains of transmission and drive down incidence of COVID-19 in our communities,” said Dr Glynn. “If you display any symptoms of COVID-19 including a high temperature, dry cough, or flu-like symptoms - please stay at home. Do not go to work, school, college or socialise.”

Strongly encouraging anyone not yet vaccinated to take up the opportunity, Dr Glynn also urged anyone eligible for a flu vaccine to come forward and receive it as soon as it is offered to you. “You can arrange an appointment to receive your flu vaccine via your GP or local pharmacy.”

He asked that people continue to regularly wash hands, wear a mask when appropriate – particularly in retail settings, on public transport and in healthcare settings; keep your distance, open windows and ventilate indoor spaces, and choose outdoors where possible for meeting others.

“This suite of measures will help stop the transmission of COVID-19, seasonal influenza, common colds and other respiratory illnesses that are more prevalent over the winter months.”