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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Covid-19 cases and hospital numbers set to rise further in coming weeks – Donnelly

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said Covid-19 cases and hospital numbers are set to rise further in the coming weeks.

Donnelly was speaking ahead of the Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 meeting.


“Cases are continuing to rise rapidly. The pressure on our hospital system, including ICU, continues,” Donnelly said.

“We have received new modelling, just in the last few hours, which suggests that the cases, hospitalisations and ICU will continue to rise in the coming weeks.”

He also indicated that the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) is set to recommend an extension of the booster programme.


“I am expecting additional advice this evening from NIAC,” he said.

“I’ll confirm it later when we have it, but the indications are it is positive in terms of adding significant additional number to those who would be availing of boosters.”

“The evidence from the boosters is incredibly strong.”


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