20,909 CASE of Covid-19 were identified in Ireland today as the CMO announced new “proportionate” measures to combat the Omicron variant.
As of 8 am today, 1,055 Coronavirus patients are hospitalized, 92 of them are in the ICU.
There have now been a total of 6,035 Covid-19 related deaths reported in Ireland, including 83 new deaths reported in the past week.
Doctor Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said: “Today’s changes to the public health management of Covid-19 cases and close contacts are based on the available evidence, expert opinion. international expertise and experience of Covid-19, including recently published guidance from the ECDC.
“The Omicron variant of Covid-19 is continuing to have a significant impact on every sector of our society and economy due to its increased growth advantage over Delta.
“However, there are some early positive indicators that suggest that infection from Omicron leads to less severe illness and reduced hospital care requirements.
“It is important to note that the changes announced today cover a range of measures from self-isolation and restriction of movement to mask wearing and testing.
“These measures are more commensurate with the current level of infection and its impact.
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“In particular, while we are reducing self-isolation and movement restrictions for cases and close contacts respectively, we are strengthening our guidance regarding mask wearing and reducing social contact for ten days after diagnosis or last known close contact.
“These measures are intended to maintain the protection of our public health while reducing pressure on the health service and allowing the continued functioning of other economic and social sectors of society, including including essential services”.
Earlier today, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn confirmed that anyone with Covid-19 since December 1 does not have to undergo PCR testing or self-isolate if they have been in close contact unless they have the following symptoms: symptom.
He said they hope that people who have recovered from the virus in recent weeks will be immune to re-infection with Omicron for the time being.
Dr Glynn said: “We relate anyone who has tested positive since December 1 as now immune to the infection and so they are exempt from movement restrictions and from testing. unless they become symptomatic.”
He added that this advice would remain in place until at least the end of February after further analysis of how long immunity lasts.
The key message remains “anyone with symptoms should self-isolate and get tested.”
Professor Philip Nolan revealed the actual number of positive PCR tests daily is likely to exceed 30,000.
“The 14-day cumulative incidence was 6,180 per 100,000 population – or 6.1% – we had to be clear that when we reported 20,000 cases a day, we knew the testing system was faulty,” said Prof Nolan. Limits a lot, we know the positivity rate is 60%, so if we had a perfect elastic testing system we would probably be reporting in excess of 30,000 cases per day.
“You can estimate that at this point, about three percent of the population has a confirmed active infection. But somewhere between six and 11 percent of the population is infected.”
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