Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has stated that time is dramatically starting to run out to turn the tide on the Covid-19 surge as Christmas looms closer, giving way to get-togethers and social events.
As a result, Holohan has urged people to cut back on their socialising and to plan out their social events more.
He also urged people to reduce mixing and visits to high-risk settings as they are more likely to encounter the virus than at any time during the pandemic.
“If you are planning to meet up with people, try and reduce those contacts by half. If you are planning to go out two nights, just go out once. If you are planning to have 10 people around, have just five.”
Public health authorities in the Mid-West have asked people in Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary to limit their social activity as infections have doubled in the region in recent weeks.
Hospitals are also struggling with overcrowding and severe pressure as up to 3,500 healthcare staff are absent due to Covid-19 related illnesses.
Yesterday, University Hospital Limerick was left with only one ICU bed available while hospitals are on average seeing 60 admissions a day.
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