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Paul Reid expects Covid-19 hospitalisations to rise sharply in coming weeks

Health Service Executive (HSE) chief Paul Reid said that he expects Covid-19 hospitlaitions to rise sharply in the coming weeks.

Currently, there are 470 people in hospital with Covid-19 which is a reduction from yesterday’s figure of 503, however, Reid stated that although hospitalisations have declined slightly, he expects them to spike in the coming weeks.

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Of the 470 people who have been hospitalised with Covid-19, 101 are receiving treatment in ICU.

While speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, Reid stated that he expects the number of hospitalisations to surpass 2,000 during this wave.

Reid has urged people to be aware of the virus but to not have increased anxiety about it, saying that the benefit of the vaccination programme was that most people were protected from severe Covid-19 illness.

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On the subject of vaccinations, Reid said that unvaccinated individuals were eight times more likely to end up in ICU if they contracted the virus.

Although a strong advocate for booster vaccines for healthcare workers, Reid said that the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) were the experts and that he would be guided by their advice.

He also said that there has been an increase in the number of people registering to be vaccinated against Covid-19, from 800 to 2,500 people per day.

IMAGE – Twitter/paulreiddubli/”Two nurses transporting a bed down a hospital corridor” is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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