PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS confirmed 5,471 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland today.
Today at 8:00 a.m. 579 patients with Covid-19 are in the hospital, 122 of them in the intensive care unit.
Yesterday, 4,607 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed, 579 Covid-19 patients were in the hospital, 115 in the intensive care unit.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said in the Dáil today that they are working on sequencing the number of cases of Covid-19 to determine if it is the Omicron variant, with Martin saying the suspected cases in that country may last as long as the Go back October.
“The Omicron variant will probably be available in this country. There are now a number of cases that need to be worked on to identify and confirm whether or not it is Omicron, ”he said.
They could have been sown throughout November or even October. There is now a review of all the people who have come from different places. Cases are popping up all over Europe – at a very low level, it has to be said.
Results on sequencing the suspected cases from the National Virus Reference Laboratory are expected shortly this week.
Cabinet has decided that children from nine years of age Required to wear face covering in certain public settings temporarily for the first time, and that parents should try to reduce indoor socialization for children 12 years old and younger for the next two weeks.
In a statement tonight, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan reported a “significant and rapid deterioration” of the epidemiological situation in the still unvaccinated 5 to 11 year olds within a short period of time.
He said the measures announced tonight “are not what none of us want to hear, especially at this time of the year”.
“We know that it means an additional burden at a very difficult time for all of us, especially for young families.”
“Our priority remains to minimize risks and protect as many people as possible from serious illnesses.”
He recommended avoiding the following events for at least the next two weeks:
- Indoor birthday parties and play dates – these should be outdoors and kept small
- Overnight stays
- Indoor community get-togethers with children including communions, confirmations, cribs, and other seasonal events
The negative test can either be a PCR test done within the last 72 hours or a professionally performed antigen test done within the last 48 hours.
The new measures come amid mounting concerns about the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and will be reviewed again in 14 days.