Taoiseach Micheal Martin has said that “basic precautions” should be taken during St Patrick’s Day celebrations – but the Government is not currently considering the new Covid-19 restrictions.
t comes amid concerns about a doubling of Bank Holidays this week after 25,000 cases were reported over the weekend.
Speaking in Washington, Mr. Martin said the Government was concerned about the recent increase in cases.
However, it is not currently considering introducing new restrictions.
“The clear message is to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, but get comfortable with what you’re doing and take basic precautions for your own health and for the Covid situation,” he said.
“We are concerned about an increase in Covid cases.”
He said he was in contact with Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan and Secretary of State for Health Stephen Donnelly.
Taoiseach urges people to get their booster and says many have not yet received it.
He said masks should be worn “when appropriate”, especially during large gatherings in homes, shops and hospitals, according to current public health advice.
Meanwhile, the Health Protection Surveillance Center (HPSC) was today notified of 5,452 PCR-confirmed cases of Covid-19. Additionally, on Tuesday, 8,644 people registered for a positive antigen test through the HSE portal.
As of 8 am today, there have been 1,081 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, of which 44 patients are being treated at the ICU.
A statement from the Department of Health said: “With the St Patrick’s Day bank holiday approaching, it is important that we all continue to follow public health advice to safely socialize. secure and remain focused on protecting those most vulnerable to the severe impacts of Covid-19, as well as our own.
“The number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 being cared for in hospitals has increased. This is placing an additional burden on service delivery between hospitals and Emergency Departments.
“Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should self-isolate until 48 hours after the symptoms have basically or completely cleared – please do not attend any social, work, or school events. or university if you have symptoms.”
Masks should be worn in crowded places in the home, on public transport and places of health care. Anyone who wants to wear a mask should not be discouraged.
“Continue to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene by washing and sanitizing your hands frequently and coughing/sneezing into your elbow. Maintain a physical distance if possible.
“Meet outdoors if possible. When meeting indoors, avoid poorly ventilated spaces and leave windows open,” the statement said.
Anyone diagnosed with Covid-19 should self-isolate for 7 days from the date of symptom onset, or if asymptomatic, the date of first positive test. Anyone coming out of self-isolation on Saturday should continue to adhere to other public health safeguards.
Many people who were infected with Covid-19 over the Christmas period will now be eligible to receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Book an booster appointment on www.hse.ie if you are 12 years or older.
https://www.independent.ie/news/government-concerned-at-rise-in-covid-19-cases-but-new-restrictions-are-not-under-consideration-41455028.html Government concerned about increase in Covid-19 cases – but new restrictions not yet considered