The government has confirmed the daily case count announcements will not end with restrictions.
The Department of Health tonight confirmed 6,597 new cases confirmed through PCR testing, with 4,564 antigen-positive results recorded online.
The number of people being treated for Covid in hospitals continues to decline, with 892 people counted today – a drop of more than 100 in the past week.
About 88 people are being treated for Covid in intensive care units.
Speaking at a press conference, Taoiseach Michael Martin confirmed the Department of Health’s daily announcement of cases will continue despite a new phase of the pandemic.
“There will be daily case numbers but all of these will be looked at,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Medical Director Dr. Tony Holohan says that PCR testing has identified nearly 250,000 cases in 18- to 39-year-olds who have had a booster shot since December 1.
He estimated that for every identified PCR case there could be two other cases that were not identified during Omicron surgery.
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Announcement of the removal of nearly all current Covid-19 restrictions from 6 am tomorrow, Taoiseach said the country has experienced some dark days in the past two years but “Today is a good day” and Ireland “past the storm Omicron”.
Almost all Covid-19 measures will be lifted from 6 a.m. Saturday,
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.
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.
‘VACCINATION IS KEYWORDS’
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 added that “vaccination is key” to the massive reopening.
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 got us where we are 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.”
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