Tony Holohan says there is “no need” for new Covid-19 restrictions at this time, despite a rise in cases

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has told the Government there is no need to reintroduce restrictions at this time, despite the recent spike in new Covid-19 cases.

r Holohan reassured Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly that public health advice remains unchanged as daily cases surge past 21,000.

The spokesman for the Taoiseach said that Mr. Martin spoke with Dr. Holohan spoke about the increase in transmission of the virus and insisted there would be no change in policy.

“There is no change to the public health recommendations and the situation continues to be monitored,” the spokesman said.

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“We continue to emphasize the importance of booster vaccinations to protect against serious diseases, as well as promoting mask wearing on public transport,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mr Donnelly’s spokesman said the virus continued to be treated by his department, the HSE and Dr. Holohan monitors.

“At this point the advice to the Secretary of Health is that no legally binding restrictions or measures are needed,” he said.

The spokesman said people should continue to follow public health advice and anyone with a positive test result or any symptoms should isolate themselves.

“Those who are due a refresher should get it. Mask wearing is still recommended in crowded environments, public transport and healthcare. The current number of COVID-19 cases reinforces the need for us all to continue to comply with public health recommendations,” he added.

Meanwhile, University Hospital Limerick tonight announced a postponement of almost all polling activity as it tries to cope with “an ongoing surge in emergency screenings and a significant surge in Covid-19 activity”.

A spokesman for UHL said the hospital had “moved to the highest level of escalation, meaning that priority is given to emergency and time-sensitive care for the sickest patients.”

Outpatient appointments, elective surgeries and diagnostic evaluations have been “postponed until further notice,” and “affected patients will be contacted as soon as possible to reschedule their appointments and procedures,” he said.

However, a limited number of scheduled care appointments are still taking place.

Visitation bans remain in place at UHL, which treated 89 Covid-positive patients, but visits of one person per patient have been facilitated for parents visiting children; for people helping confused patients; and for people who come to visit for compassionate reasons; for example for patients who feel critically ill or are at the end of their lives.

Other hospital services in the area remained “largely unaffected” and scheduled care at Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, Croom Orthopedic Hospital and St John’s Hospital functioned as usual.

While the region’s only 24-hour emergency department outside of the UHL remained open for emergencies and emergency and trauma surgery, Limerick Hospital urged people to “first assess the care options available in their own communities, including GPs, GPs outside.” of business hours, local pharmacies and local injury clinics”.

A limited number of scheduled care appointments still took place, including: cancer services; Dialysis; breast radiology; Cardiology; Department of Clinical Age Determination; Quick access medical unit; nurse-led ambulance; outpatient dermatology; outpatient bronchoscopy; OPAT (outpatient therapy); fracture clinic; children’s outpatient clinics; endoscopy. Tony Holohan says there is “no need” for new Covid-19 restrictions at this time, despite a rise in cases

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