There have been 1,620 brand-new verified cases of COVID-19 in Ireland and 12 additional related deaths.
This provides a total of 2,237 COVID-19 associated deaths and 91,779 confirmed cases in Ireland.
This consists of the denotification of one death, and the re-classification of 2 possible cases to ‘confirmed’.
Of the cases notified on Thursday:
- 794 are men/ 819 are women
- 65%are under 45 years of age
- The average age is 34 years of ages
Some 498 cases remain in Dublin, 203 in Limerick, 89 in Galway, 73 in Cork and 67 in Mayo.
The staying 690 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of 2.00 pm on Thursday, 490 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised – of which 42 remain in ICU.
There have been 58 extra hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said: “We are when again in the mitigation phase of this pandemic.
” The disconcerting escalation in the incidence of the virus in the general population gives great cause for issue.
” This illness is now extensive in our neighborhoods and as an outcome we are asking everyone to act as if they are a close contact.”
‘ No longer in containment stage’
He also described changes to the screening system currently being used.
” To support the testing system through this rise, we are no longer advising close contacts of validated cases to get evaluated.
” Testing and tracing is a workout in containment and we are no longer in a containment phase.
” However, it is important that if you are a close contact of a verified case you limit your motions and contact your GP immediately if you develop symptoms.”
He added: “The typical variety of contacts per case has increased from 2.5 in November to an average in recent days of 6.3.
” This is very far from where we require to be and I am interesting everybody at every age to follow the mandated restrictions that the Government has actually introduced: stay at home, except for necessary reasons, aside from for exercise up to 5km.”
Earlier, Dr Holohan stated he ‘couldn’t dismiss’ coronavirus limitations lasting up until March.
It comes as Ireland has actually once again moved into a complete level 5 lockdown, in a quote to tackle the most recent spike in cases.
He told Late Breakfast With Mark Cagney suggestions that the constraints could last into March are a possibility.
” I can’t rule that out, I couldn’t rule that out – but at the moment, we have a 4 week chance.”
” I know this wouldn’t be possible – however if each and every single person might isolate themselves from every other individual in the population for a period of 14 days, the whole infection would vanish”.
” At the minute I’m not able to inform you that I see any sign that suggests that this is decreasing, sadly.
” With that really high level of infection it’s going to take rather a quantity of time – if I can say – to clean that level of infection out of the population.
” So we have it all to do in the four weeks till the end of January”.
‘ Evaluating and tracing not sustainable’
Chief Clinical Officer at the HSE, Dr Colm Henry, stated: “The pressure on our public health system, consisting of screening and tracing services is not sustainable.
” A cumulative response by every person, across every county, to follow the general public health suggestions is necessary to resolve the current acceleration in case numbers that we are now seeing.
” The reintroduction of level 5 constraints is important to secure our important civil services such as hospital admissions and non-COVID care and to have the maximum impact in fastest possible timeframe to reduce the spread of this disease.”
‘ Quickly spreading in all age groups’
While Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said: “While we are presently in a very serious situation, we are not powerless against COVID-19
” The very best tool we have today is each other. We have actually revealed on multiple celebrations that we can act jointly to break chains of transmission, reduce the intensity of this epidemic and slow down the increase in cases.”
Dr Glynn included: “As we want to the New Year, we remember the 2,237 individuals who have sadly passed away with COVID-19 in Ireland in 2020, along with all of their families and loved ones who are grieving their loss.
” Let’s do all we can to ensure that as couple of families as possible are likewise affected in 2021.”
And Teacher Philip Nolan, chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: “The epidemiological situation is extremely serious and the infection is spreading out rapidly amongst any age groups, increasing the risk to those most susceptible to severe infection, such as the medically susceptible and individuals over 60 years of age.
” The recreation number is at least 1.6 to 1.8. The day-to-day development rate is approximated now at 7%to 10%providing a doubling time of seven to 10 days or less.
” We predict substantial additional boost in cases and hospitalisations in the coming days before public health measures take effect and are likely to see over 700-1000 people in healthcare facility with COVID-19 early in the New Year.
” While it is tough to face into further restrictions, it is important that everybody plays their part by following the public health recommendations to protect those most susceptible in the population.”