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Monday, October 18, 2021

Covid-19 hospitalisations at highest level since March

Covid-19 hospitalisations are now at the highest level since March, standing at 314.

Since yesterday, the number of people receiving treatment for Covid-19 has increased by 55, while the number of people receiving ICU treatment has remained at 54.

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In regards to the figures, HSE chief Paul Reid stated that the figures show the “threat is still very real”.

Reid added that 6.6 million doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 85% of the eligible population receiving two doses and 91% receiving one dose.

In relation to those aged 12 to 15 years old, Reid stated that 135,000 people in the age cohort have registered for the vaccine, with 77,000 doses being administered to them.

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Describing the country’s vaccine coverage as being helpful, NPHET’s Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group stated that the country is at a “very concerning” period of the pandemic.

UL Statistics Professor Cathal Walsh stated that there was concerns that people cannot become complacent.

He stated, “Perhaps people haven’t waited fully until the vaccine has taken effect before they’ve mixed and socialised… we’ve seen a number of cases where people have been infected very close to the time of their vaccination, and so the vaccine didn’t have time to take effect,”.

Walsh added that although cases have reached over 2,000 on some days, a plateau will be emerging.

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