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Health officials worried about spike in Covid-19 cases in over-65s

The number of Covid-19 cases in older people and in nursing homes despite the Level 5 lockdown remains a concern, chief medical officer Tony Holohan has warned the Government.

In a letter sent last week, Holohan said that while the key indicators of the disease were improving, it was still “not possible to draw substantive conclusions about the trajectory of the disease at this point”.

He also said that a higher proportion of cases notified in the previous fortnight were in the over-65 age group.

“In the last seven days 11.9 per cent of cases notified were aged over 65. This compares with 7.6 per cent of cases notified in the seven days up to the 15th of October.”

He said that in the week leading up to the October 31st there were 56 open clusters associated with nursing homes and 33 associated with hospitals.

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