Wednesday, January 12, 2022

THE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been notified of 20,909 confirmed cases of Covid-19 today. As of 8am this morning, some 1055 Covid patients were hospitalised with 92 of these patients in Intensive Care (ICU).

In the past 24 hours, here have been 89 hospital admissions in relation to Covid and 128 discharges. Meanwhile, there have been eight admissions to ICU within the same timeframe and six discharges.

Since Wednesday of last week, a total of 83 deaths related to Covid-19 have been notified, bringing the total number of recorded Covid-19 deaths in the State since the start of the pandemic to 6,035.

Said Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan: “Today’s changes to the public health management of Covid-19 cases and close contacts are framed in light of available evidence, expert views and the international experience of Covid-19, including the recently published guidance from ECDC.

“The Omicron variant of Covid-19 is continuing to have a significant impact on all areas of our society and economy due to its increased growth advantage compared to Delta. There are some early, positive indicators however, that suggest infection from Omicron results in less severe illness and reduced requirement for care in hospital.

“It is important to note that the changes announced today cover a range of measures from self-isolation and restriction of movements to mask wearing and testing. These measures are more proportionate to the current level of infection and the impact it is having. In particular, while we are reducing the requirement to self-isolate and restrict movements for cases and close contacts respectively, we are strengthening guidance relating to mask wearing and reduced social contact for the full 10 days following diagnosis or last known close contact.”

Dr Holohan continued: “These measures are intended to maintain our protection of public health while reducing pressure on the health service and enabling the continued operation of other economic and social sectors in society, including essential services.

“If you do not have a confirmed Covid-19 infection or have been identified as a close contact, the best way you can continue to protect yourself and your loved ones from Covid-19 is to layer up on the public health advice: Get your vaccine/booster, clean your hands, wear an appropriate mask, maintain social distance, avoid crowds and open windows.”

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