Covid-19 cases Ireland update as 1,466 more cases confirmed with 58 in ICU

By Aakanksha Surve & Emma Nevin

A total of 1,466 more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Ireland, while 311 patients are being treated in hospital.

58 people are in ICU with Covid-19.

The figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Rotunda Hospital has announced major changes to visiting hours for partners.

Dublin's biggest maternity hospital will extend visiting hours for people visiting their pregnant partners from 8.00am to 8.00pm each day starting Monday, September 13.

A spokesperson said this was in response to a significant improvement in vaccination rates following a survey of the hospital's patients that found 57% of patients and 74% of their partners were fully vaccinated.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said: "In response to this significant improvement in vaccination rates, effective Monday, September 13, 2021, the Rotunda will now be able to extend visiting hours for partners to 08.00am to 08.00pm each day.

"All other existing access controls to keep all patients safe continue to apply. This brings the Rotunda’s visiting arrangements close to pre-pandemic levels and remains vastly more accessible to arrangements that remain at almost all acute general hospitals in the state.

"The Rotunda’s management team will continue to keep these arrangements under regular review, taking all necessary precautions to keep all our patients safe, while making decisions that are evidenced and based on current Infection Prevention and Control guidance."

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