TODAY, the Ministry of Health reported 6,689 new cases of Covid-19, while 3,911 people registered for a positive antigen test through the HSE portal.
As of 8am this morning, there are 836 people infected with Covid-19 in hospitals across this country.
This is a decrease of 56 compared to the same time yesterday.
About 78 of these patients are being treated in intensive care units around the country, a reduction of 10.
This is the lowest number of coronavirus patients in the ICU since November 8, 2021.
This happens because virtually all Covid-19 measures are raised from 6 am this morning,
The only the rules will remain On-site will be masks, self-isolation after testing positive for the virus and Covid tickets for international travel.
Pubs and nightclubs can return to normal operations with late opening hours, bar service, no contact tracing and no social distancing.
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Attendees of sporting and arts events will have no restrictions, no Covid certificates required to eat indoors, but they will be kept in place for international travel.
Masks will be required in public transport, taxis, shopping malls, libraries, cinemas, theatres, museums, post offices, banks, hair salons, travel agencies, Laundromats, dry cleaners, bookbinders, customers face reception roles until at least February 28.
Taoiseach expressed gratitude to the public for doing what they were asked to do within “unprecedented restrictions” on their lives.
“Today is a good day, before that, my government colleagues and I met to review the latest report from the National Public Health Emergencies Group,” he said.
“That report confirms that we’ve weathered Hurricane Omicron, it confirms that infection rates are falling, and that all the key metrics we made decisions on are stable and on track. asserts that the world of Ireland-class vaccination programs and the deployment of boosters have completely changed our situation.
“Based on this evidence, we have concluded that the rationale and justification for continuing most of our public health restrictions no longer holds.
“Therefore, as of 6 a.m. tomorrow, most of the public health measures that we have to live with will be removed.”
PANDEMIC IS NOT END
Taoiseach added that “vaccination is key” to the massive reopening process.
He said: “The evidence is clear. People who have not been vaccinated and have not started are affected the most. Please, if you have not, get vaccinated and have a booster shot.”
He also warned that the Covid-19 pandemic is not over yet.
“That will still require all of us to be vigilant. The changes we are making are likely to result in a temporary increase in infections in the short term but we advise that,” Martin said. The impact of this increase will be limited by the scale of vaccination in the population.
“It should also be said that I cannot promise you that there will be no more twists and turns in this pandemic that will require different decisions in the future but I know this, solidarity and trust. into the science that brought us to us. is today and will get us through anything else this virus might throw at us.”
In an emotional address to the country, Taoiseach said people should “take a moment to appreciate how far we’ve come.”
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8246809/covid-ireland-cases-drop-husband-icu-numbers/ 10,600 cases reported with the number of hospitals and ICUs decreasing as most restrictions are eased