Further restrictions for Christmas? Ireland’s Covid situation to be assessed later this week – archyde

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) will meet on Thursday to assess the current Covid situation in Ireland.

Concern about the high case numbers of Covid-19 and the growing pressure on hospitals across the country.

High-level sources have indicated that NPHET will discuss the impact of the new measures introduced last week.

New restrictions like a midnight curfew for restaurants, bars and nightclubs, as well as working from home, went into effect on Thursday at midnight.

Government officials have not ruled out the introduction of further measures.

The news comes after the Ministry of Health is admitted another 4,181 Covid cases On Sunday there are 668 people in the hospital, 125 of them in the intensive care unit.

Tony Holohan has urged people to re-commit to stop the spread

Address to RTÉ’s The Week In Politics, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said the government’s view was similar to that of NPHET.

He said people should make an effort “to limit their social contacts, ensure rooms are ventilated, wear masks when people are in and out of crowds, and work from home if possible.

“These are messages that people have heard many times and that they understand because they work.

“So it is possible to avoid introducing further restrictions, but we will have to watch the numbers very closely because our hospital system is now under enormous pressure.

“There are over 640 people in the hospital, over 120 of them in intensive care, and that’s putting our health system under immense pressure, so we have to watch it closely.

“We have to protect it, and we will do that as a government.

“Future bans are not inevitable, but it will require a national effort to do what we know to at least slow the spread of this virus.”

The Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has also warned the public, saying that people must act now to cushion the current surge.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer
(Image: Gareth Chaney / Collins)

He said: “The current level of COVID-19 in Ireland is having a negative impact on the health of the Irish population and is putting a huge strain on our entire health system, from public health to general practitioners to our acute hospitals.

“Non-COVID treatments – including cancer surgeries, heart treatments, hip and knee replacements, mental illness, and all common illnesses that, if detected and treated in a timely manner – can prevent further deterioration – remain badly affected.”

Dr. Holohan said he understands people are sick of the pandemic, but said, “By taking small but important individual and collective action, we can change that.”

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