A TOTAL 14,961 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland today.
Some 10,753 PCR tests were confirmed positive for Covid, while 4,208 people registered for a positive antigen test through the HSE portal, the Ministry of Health confirmed.
As of 8 am today, there are 975 Covid patients hospitalized with 88 people being treated for Covid at the ICU.
The Department of Health said: “@hpscireland was notified today of 10,753* PCR confirmed cases of #COVID19.
“Additionally, on Saturday January 15, 4,208 people registered for a positive antigen test through the HSE portal.
“This portal opened Friday, January 14**.
“As of 8 am today, 965 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, of which 88 are in the ICU.”
This comes as Ireland can return to “the new normal” – with 8pm reception restrictions lifted and music festivals in full swing, a leading Professor has said.
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Infectious disease specialist Professor Sam McConkey did say that while he doesn’t expect the normalcy of 2019 to return – he does see some restrictions lifted.
“Six or eight weeks ago, many of us were told that, while Omicron appeared to be more contagious, we expected it to not cause illness and cause as much illness and death as the outbreaks,” McConkey said. before.
“Now in the last four weeks of experience, we see that to be the case.
“The technical term is respiratory failure type one but it really means that a broken lung can’t take in oxygen, which is what we had with Covid before and we don’t see that as a whole with This omicron.”
When asked if we’ll see normalcy return in March, McConkey said the “new normal” will return.
McConkey said he hopes restrictions on hospitality will be lifted and music festivals return but expects masks and social distancing measures to remain in place.
Professor McConkey told RTE Radio 1: “It depends on what the normative is, I don’t think we’re going to see the norm in 2019, certainly those who work in the hospital, we’ll have to check. check everyone coming.
“People with Covid are separate from those who don’t because people in hospitals without Covid are very susceptible to infection.
“So definitely in the workplace there will be segregation and there may be some restrictions on mask wearing and social distancing.
“So I think that will be the new normal as we all famously say, but I hope restrictions like closing at 8 o’clock of hotels will end, I hope there will be festivals extensive outdoor music during the summer that so many of us would look forward to.
“I think there’s going to be a lot of things that we cherish and love coming back to normal, but there are still some adjustments to be made.”
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McConkey told RTE that while he sees a “bumpy road” with locally deadly outbreaks, he agrees with Nabarro.
He said: “What he is really saying is clearly that we are experiencing a fifth omicron wave in Ireland and he is expecting and saying what the future of Covid will look like.
“We talked about it becoming an endemic, like the common cold or like the flu, and expecting when that would happen.
“He said he didn’t expect another alpha wave or another terrible delta wave to sweep through, countries like Ireland, where we’re heavily vaccinated, he pointed out that Ireland could be a bit toxic. unique in the way we have dealt with Covid and we have a very high level of immunization.
“That combined with the large number of infections we are seeing with Omicron in Ireland, will hopefully protect us from whatever happens in the future.”
This comes as around 14,555 new PCR cases have been confirmed with positive Covid-19 antigen test results and 5,406 cases have been announced in Ireland – for a total of 19,961 cases last night.
The Ministry of Health has included positive antigen results in the virus tally for the first time after the new portal went live on Friday.
“Additionally, on Friday January 14, 5,406 people registered for a positive antigen test through the HSE portal.
“This portal opened Friday, January 14**.
“HSPC Ireland and its surveillance partners will continue to notify and handle cases and outbreaks of Covid-19 on CIDR during this period.”
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan urged the public to continue with basic measures.
“As people become familiar with the latest public health advice on isolating and restricting movement of cases and close contacts, the importance of measures should not be underestimated,” he said. other protection.
In particular, this latest guidance focuses more on case-by-case use and close contact with more advanced respirators, rather than cloth masks.
“Other protective measures including strict restriction of social contacts are also recommended for the full 10 days after confirmed Covid-19 infection or close contact.
“These combined measures are intended to offset any increase in risk of transmission that might result from reducing and or eliminating the requirement to self-isolate or limit movement.”
He added: “The use of medical masks or FFP2 masks is currently recommended because: Anyone 13 years of age or older has a confirmed case, close contact, or symptoms suggestive of arrival. Covid-19, over 60 and vulnerable people of any age in crowded indoor or outdoor places, anyone visiting a healthcare facility or when visiting people vulnerable to Covid -19 in any environment.
“Masks can play an important role in reducing the transmission of Covid-19 if properly made, fitted and worn properly – i.e. they cover the nose, mouth and chin.
“By adopting basic public health measures, including vaccination, we can reduce the spread of Covid-19 and continue to protect ourselves and our loved ones from infection. infection.
“Continue to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene, work from home unless necessary to attend, avoid crowds and ensure indoor spaces and public transport are well ventilated.”
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