The government is currently seeking detailed data from health officials in regards to Covid-19 hospitalisations and cases ahead of next week’s Cabinet meeting on the final easing of restrictions.
It’s understood that ministers are now seeking breakdowns of the number of vaccinated people that test positive for the virus and feature in the daily case number notifications.
Fully vaccinated individuals, who make up 90% of the population over 16 years old, can still transmit and contract Covid-19 but their symptoms are much milder.
Health officials are also asking for daily hospital figures of people who are patients due to Covid-19 or are currently in hospital for another illness/injury and test positive for Covid-19.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Chief Operations Officer at the HSE Anne O’Connor said that more people are being admitted to hospital in recent weeks for non-Covid reasons with increased attendance at emergency departments.
“Across our whole system last night we had less than 100 beds available and that will impact on a day-by-day basis in any surge whether it’s to do with Covid or flu season, sometimes we have to scale back on activity.”
O’Connor has also urged people who are not vaccinated to get vaccinated as approximately half of the hospitalisations are among this cohort.
This information is being sought as the government expresses doubt over the easing of restrictions taking place on the 22nd of October.
According to senior sources, Cabinet will need the information next week before a call is made on the final easing of restrictions.
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