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Stronger measures will be required if ICU figures continue to surge – O’Neill

Professor Luke O’Neill has warned that stronger measures will have to be imposed if Covid-19 ICU numbers continue to surge.

The leading immunologist stated that there’s no doubt that Covid-19 cases will rise and that further measures will be required if ICU figures hit 150.


With 3,805 Covid-19 cases being confirmed this afternoon, O’Neill has called on the Government to show “strong support” in the face of surging cases.

“I think we need strong leadership now, most of all. This is going to be tough and there’s no question now that numbers are going to rise for the foreseeable future.”

Hospitlaisaitons have climbed to 582, the highest they have been since February 25th, while ICU figures have hit 106.


O’Neill added that the public was calling for clear guidance and not messages such as, “have five people around to your house instead of ten”.

Although he believes that further restrictions will be required if ICU numbers continue to climb, O’Neill said that a lockdown would be a “complete failure”.

“It’s a complete disaster for everybody”.

He also warned against Ireland replicating the action that Austria has taken by imposing lockdowns on unvaccinated individuals, saying that such a measure would result in social conflict.

Covid-19 will be a seasons virus “for definite” and a minor return to some restrictions may be required, according to O’Neill.

“Then, when we get to February or March it’s a different story”.

IMAGE – “File:Professor Luke O’Neill FRS.jpg” by Duncan.Hull is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0


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