Further 4,642 situations confirmed with virus now ‘prolific’ in Ireland

Ireland has again recorded a high daily total of new Covid infections, with 4,642 situations notified.

There are now 556 coronavirus patients in hospital, including 107 receiving treatment in intensive care units.

HSE chief executive Paul Reid called for people to closest reduce risky activities in order to enhance the situation.

In a tweet on Saturday morning, Mr Reid said the virus was now “prolific in most communities” in the State.

He said 250 Covid patients were receiving enhanced respiratory sustain.

He additional that an “an immediate reduction” of risky activities is needed to “turn this around”.

Case numbers in the coming days are likely to keep at such high levels, as the time of action of clearing a enormous backlog of tests is under way.

The update comes amid a forecast by US academics that says Ireland could record more than 12,000 Covid situations a day by Christmas.

situations would peak at 12,300 a day in late December before falling again, while a further 2,000 deaths would occur by the start of March, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), which is based at the University of Washington.

The Irish Times reports that the institute, which has correctly expected trends earlier in the pandemic, attributes the rise in situations in the Northern Hemisphere to winter seasonality, waning immunity, decreased disguise use and increased mobility levels.

Meanwhile, a new plan to tackle rising Covid situations will see antigen testing kits offered at a subsidised rate by more retail outlets.


Ireland forecast to have 12,000 Covid situations a day…

The Government is coming under pressure to pause its plans for a complete return to the workplace and to advise people to work from home where possible.

Fresh advice to the Government from the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) has recommended that people engaging in what are described as high-risk activities, such as going to nightclubs and bars, should take at the minimum two antigen tests a week.

in other places, rising case counts across Europe have forced a rethink on public-health measures by many governments.

The Netherlands has ordered bars, restaurants and non-basic stores to close at 7pm for at the minimum three weeks starting on Saturday. Austria is planning to place millions of unvaccinated people in lockdown.

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