THERE were six less Covid-19 patients in ICUs at 8am this morning (126) than there were 24 hours previously (132) according to the latest figures released by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).
It is worth noting that within the past 24 hours, there were 11 discharges from ICUs along with eight discharges.
Meanwhile, a total of 4,764 confirmed cases of Covid-19 were notified this morning, with 598 patients hospitalised. In the past day (again, as of 8am) there were 57 Covid patient admissions and 50 discharges.
According to Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan: “Incidence of Covid-19 remains concerningly high, with 62,401 cases reported in the last 14 days. We need to continue to make every effort we can to drive down incidence of disease and break the chains of transmission.
“Covid-19 spreads when an infected person is in close proximity to other people. The best way we can stop Covid spreading to the people we meet is by meeting fewer people and avoiding crowds.”
Dr Holohan added: “If you are socialising, think about the risk associated with the activities you have planned. Remember the simple steps you can take to keep both you and the people you meet with safe: Wear a mask correctly, meet outside if possible, avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces and practice good hand and respiratory hygiene. Be mindful of your contacts in the days after socialising, and especially consider anyone you meet who may be immunocompromised or vulnerable to Covid-19.”7
He concluded: “If you experience symptoms isolate immediately and arrange a PCR test – not an antigen test.”