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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

COVID-19: Further decrease in the number of hospital patients

The HSE has confirmed that the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 has dropped from 47 to 36 in the last 24 hours.

With a further decrease in hospitalisations and only 13 patients in ICU, HSE chief Paul Reid stated that Ireland is in a stronger position as it faces the Delta variant.

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Reid added that the government will have to weigh up the data and consider if the Delta variant poses a real and significant threat while simultaneously protecting the progress that we have made.

Although uncertainty surrounding the Delta variant remains, Reid stated that it has accounted for 84% of cases in under 45s.

With the vaccine programme continuing to work down the age groups, Reid added that 58,000 people were vaccinated yesterday while adding that every 37,000 doses administered is 1% of the population vaccinated.

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Meanwhile, the National Immunisation Advisory Committee is to assess if any remaining vaccines can be used for other age groups once the over 60s age group have been fully vaccinated.

The HSE has added that if you’re 50 years old or over and have yet to receive your vaccine, you can get a single-dose Jansen vaccine at a local pharmacy.

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