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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Health officials warn more severe restrictions may be needed in Northern Ireland

Health officials in Northern Ireland have warned that more severe Covid-19 restrictions may be needed in Northern Ireland as a Covid-19 modelling paper from the Northern Ireland Department of Health informed executive ministers that positive cases have risen 23% in the last week.

Officials are concerned that Covid passports may not be enough to stop hospitals from becoming overwhelmed and that more severe restrictions may need to be considered next month.

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The modelling paper attributes the surge partly to the easing of restrictions surrounding the hospitality sector as well as the reopening of schools.

Hospital occupancy is up 10% while overall hospital admissions have risen by 19% in the last week.

For the first time since September, the conversion rate for hospital admissions has risen above 2% and is estimated at around 2.8%.

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Health officials stated that without immediate further intervention, hospital capacity may exceed in mid-December.

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