No new restrictions recommended by NPHET

NPHET is not recommending any new restrictions, after a record number of new Covid-19 cases.

23,817 cases were reported yesterday – the highest daily figure since the pandemic began.

941 people are in hospital with the virus and 90 are in ICU.

NPHET is also understood not to have recommended any changes to the close contacts rules for the moment.

Infectious Diseases Consultant, Eoghan de Barra, expects case numbers to get even higher this month.

“It’s anticipated that they’re going to continue to remain high.

“What we’re confirming through PCR is probably only a small number of the total cases out there.

“I think we’ve got a period of time through January before the case load really peaks.

“The important thing really is what we’ve always said – it’s not the case numbers, it’s the conversion rate into hospitalisations and illness, and happily those are remaining quite modest.”

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