Irish Covid cases surpass 1,000,000
The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country has surpassed 1,000,000.
Yesterday, a further 23,909 cases of the virus were confirmed.
More than 1,000 Covid patients are in hospital, with 89 of those in intensive care.
Yesterday the Taoiseach ruled out focing people to be vaccinated against Covid-19, following reports NPHET’s to explore the matter.
Infectious Diseases Consultant, Eoghan DeBarra, says Ireland’s high vaccination rate is keeping hospitalisations low.
“Overall it looks like even in this wave, if you’re vaccinated you’re 70% less likely to end up requiring oxygen in hospital compared to somebody unvaccinated.
“There’s an eight fold difference in getting admitted to hospital, vaccinated vs unvaccinated.
“That’s the same across the world. These vaccinations are the most potent tool we have, and probably a large reason why, in Ireland this wave thus far hasn’t resulted in huge numbers into ITU.”