A total of 19,20 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed today, with Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan predicting up to 500,000 people in Ireland could have Covid-19 last week.
The shocking number was revealed in Dr Holohan’s latest letter to the Government on the Covid-19 situation, which states that between 1/10 and 1/20 of the population is likely to be infected within a period of time. the past seven days.
As of 8 am today, there have been 1,062 Covid-19 patients hospitalized, of which 92 patients are being treated at the ICU.
In a letter to the Minister of Health Stephen Donnelly, the CMO said in the seven days to 5 January, a total of 136,960 cases were confirmed in Ireland.
This is an 83% increase from last week – with 74,931 positive Covid-19 tests.
Since the last NPHET meeting on 16 November, Ireland’s Covid-19 cases have increased by 363%.
As of January 5, Ireland’s 14-day morbidity rate per 100,000 population was 4,450 – an all-time high.
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But Dr Holohan warned if PCR testing was limited, the number could be much higher.
With a 7-day cumulative incidence of 2,876 per 100,000, allowing for testing limitations and undetected infections, the prevalence in the population likely to have SARS- Active CoV-2 is 5.7% – 9.6%, from 1/10 and 1 in 20 of the population likely to be infected.”
Holohan’s one of 10 population projections means that over the past seven-day period, about 500,000 people were likely to have contracted the virus.
It comes like Close contact of Covid-19 cases people who have received a booster vaccine and do not have any symptoms of the virus will not have to restrict their movement for five days, under a new plan being considered by the Government.
According to Holohan, the number of people who need to be hospitalized with Covid-19 is increasing by about 7% per day.
Dr Holohan added that the daily number of Covid-19-related deaths appeared to be steady, but the announcement may have been delayed during the Christmas holiday period.
He said: “As of 5 January 2022, a total of 5,952 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported in Ireland. This is an increase of 40 deaths reported since previous weekly update”.
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He continued: “157 deaths have been reported to occur in December 2021,
230 people in November, 217 deaths in October and 179 people in September. The number of deaths per day seems to be stable; Notification of deaths may be delayed during the holiday period. “
Dr Holohan added that as of June 27, 37% of all Covid-19-related deaths were in people who were not fully immunized.
The CMO issued a warning about the Omicron variant, which quickly almost completely wiped out all Delta infections.
He said, “The epidemiological profile of Covid-19 has continued to deteriorate since the most recent meeting of NPHET on December 16, 2021 and is giving cause for concern. Gene target error data The latest S (representing Omicron) indicates that around 96 per cent of Covid-19 cases in Ireland are due to the Omicron variant.
“The incidence of the disease continues to increase rapidly in Ireland, with the recent number of daily cases substantially exceeding the highest previously reported during the pandemic to date.”
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He added that hospital acquired Covid-19 infections, especially for healthcare workers, remained a cause for concern but “the number of confirmed cases in the ICU is high but remains relatively stable.”
Tanaiste Leo Varadkar also revealed today that owho are working on a proposal to have a double holiday on March 17 and 18 this year and a permanent new bank holiday on St Brigid’s Day from 2023.
He also said a new permanent bank holiday could be celebrated on St Brigid’s Day from next year however the Government “has yet to insist on that”.
He added: “We are still fighting this pandemic, it’s not over yet and the purpose of the day is to remember those we’ve lost and to recognize those who have done extraordinary work in this regard. this period.
“It seems too early to make a decision on that as this is not over yet.”
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