The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 has fallen for the second straight day, with 1,333 currently seeking treatment for the virus.
This comes as the Health Protection Surveillance Center confirmed another 8,354 cases of the virus today, up from 7,733 the previous day.
The HPSC has been informed of 4,076 PCR-confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 4,278 people registered a positive antigen test via the HSE portal.
As of 8am today, 1,333 patients have been hospitalized with the virus, down from 27 on Tuesday and the lowest number in two weeks.
Today there are 58 people with Covid-19 in intensive care, an increase of four from Tuesday.
This is because a second booster vaccine has been approved for people over 65 and immunocompromised groups.
Last night, the National Immunization Advisory Committee (NIAC) made the recommendation to Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony pronounced holohan.
NIAC has recommended a second mRNA booster for everyone aged 65 and over.
It has also been recommended that those aged 12 and over who are immunocompromised receive a second booster shot – fifth dose – and those aged 5 to 11 who are immunocompromised should take an extended basic course; a total of three vaccine doses.
Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly approved the recommendation after consulting Dr. Signed holohan.
He said work is ongoing between the department and the HSE on the mid-term Covid-19 vaccination strategy.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/covid-ireland-8354-new-cases-as-number-hospitalised-falls-for-second-day-in-a-row-41527392.html Covid Ireland: 8,354 new cases as hospital admissions fall for second straight day