Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has described the increase in Covid-19 hospitalisations as a “cause for concern” with the Department of Health reporting 397 new Covid-19 cases across Ireland.
Of the 397 cases, 54 are receiving hospital treatment while 16 are being treated at Intensive Care Units.
These new cases were reported as of midnight on the 5th of July. The department stated that this number may change due to future data review, validation and update.
While describing the increase as “concerning”, Holohan said, “We are seeing a small but concerning increase in hospitalisations in recent days, coming 10-14 days after the five-day moving average of daily case numbers began to increase,” while adding, “This is a cause for concern and we will be monitoring it closely in the days and weeks ahead. Full vaccination is needed to protect against Covid-19, including the Delta variant.”
Meanwhile, the vaccine rollout is gaining traction as over 50% (1,895,249) of the Irish adult population has now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
The vaccine registration for those aged 30-34 has also opened today and will be receiving mRNA vaccines such as Pfizer and Moderna.