Covid Ireland: 17,065 new cases confirmed as NPHET shares positive update on Omicron peak

By Marita Moloney

There have been 17,065 further cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

The Department of Health says there are now 1,023 people in hospital with Covid-19, of which 83 are in ICU.

It comes as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer gave a positive update on the trajectory of the virus amid the Omicron wave.

Dr Ronan Glynn said NPHET were hopeful that Ireland was "coming close" to reaching the peak of the wave "if it has not yet passed".

"There are certainly reasons for optimism and hope and we see across Europe that a number of countries have experienced a similar picture to ourselves in that the numbers in ICU have remained stable," he said.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health (Collins Agency, Dublin)

"But I think it is a little too early for us to conclude on that at this point. We all want that to be true and we all want to move on from this but from our perspective we need another week's worth of data. "

Dr Glynn also defended the latest changes to the country's Covid rules and acknowledged that the guidance on close contacts and self-isolation has become "very complex".

"A core part of what we are trying to do here is to simplify it down," he told RTE's Today with Claire Byrne programme.

"There is a simple message for anyone who is identified as a case. It is that they isolate for seven days from the time they first developed symptoms and their first positive test if they are asymptomatic.

“That they wear well-fitted FFP2 medical grade face masks for 10 days and they only finish their period of isolation if their symptoms have largely resolved in the last two days.

“For adults who are identified as a close contact there is one question they have to ask themselves. And it is are they boosted or not?

“If they are boosted they don't need to restrict their movements but they still need to wear a high grade face mask for 10 days and they need to do a series of regular antigen tests.

“If they are not boosted they still need to wear the mask, they still need to do the regular tests but on top of that they need to restrict their movements for seven days."


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