Covid-19 numbers continue to fall with signs the summer wave is on the slip


Offaly, Laois, Tipperary, Clare, Louth, Westmeath, Carlow and Kerry have the highest incidence rates of Covid-19 in the country.

Waterford, Leitrim, Sligo, Kildare, Limerick, Kilkenny, Donegal and Meath follow.

The trends, which are based on people testing positive after PCR tests, come as numbers catching the virus fell last week.

As of last Saturday, there were 11,675 PCR-confirmed cases, down 30.5 percent in one week. The number registered as positive after a home antigen test was 13,689, down 36.7 percent.

The county with the lowest incidence is Monaghan, followed by Longford, Mayo, Cork, Wexford, Wicklow, Dublin and Cavan, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Center (HPSC).

Yesterday there were more encouraging signs that the summer wave is easing as the number of patients hospitalized with Covid fell to 740 from 1,018 a week earlier. Of these, 42 were in intensive care.

The seven-day positivity rate for people receiving PCR tests was 29.1 percent yesterday, up from 35 percent a week ago.

In her weekly report presented to Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly last Friday, Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Breda Smyth notes the slowdown in infections and the decline in patients hospitalized with Covid.

She said that as of July 12, 47 percent of patients with the virus were there due to complications and the rest were being treated for other diseases but were asymptomatic.

Of the 609 patients with Covid, 240 were aged 80 and over, 213 were aged 65 to 79 and 84 were aged 50 to 64. 56 were in the 15 to 49 age group and 16 were children aged 14 and under.

Forty-four percent had been boosted with a vaccine, 20 percent had only their first round of vaccinations, and more than a third had one or no vaccine.

Of the 213 patients aged 65 to 79 with complications from the virus, 15 percent received their second booster shot, said Dr. Smith.

The most seriously ill patients were in intensive care, and the proportion of people directly ill with the virus had dropped to 35 percent from 38 percent in early July.

Among those seriously ill, more than one in 10 were unvaccinated and 89 percent were fully vaccinated, most of whom had received a booster shot or an extra dose.

dr Smyth said “a significant proportion of detected infections continue to be identified in older age groups.”

As of July 12, just over half of those aged 85 and older, 61 percent of those aged 75 to 84 and 51 percent of those in the 65 to 74 age group took advantage of the second refresher offer, she added added.

dr Smyth said it’s still not clear whether Omicron’s most recent offshoot, the BA.2.75 line discovered in India and a number of other countries, can overtake the dominant BA.4 and BA.5 variants here.

The number of monkeypox virus cases detected here has now risen to 69, with 15 confirmed last week.

All are males with an average age of 36, although they range in age from 19 to 65.

Nine cases have been hospitalized so far, including two for clinical treatment and three for isolation. Information about the others is expected.

The cases were observed predominantly in gay and bisexual men.

Separately, there have been 20 cases of unknown hepatitis in children so far, but no further transplants or deaths. The cause is under further investigation. Covid-19 numbers continue to fall with signs the summer wave is on the slip

Fry Electronics Team

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