Senior health officials concerned with trends emerging in Covid-19 spread

Senior health officials concerned with trends emerging in Covid-19 spread

The National Public Health Emergency Team meets this morning, with senior health officials very concerned about some trends emerging in the spread of Covid 19 here.

They are worried about day-on-day increases in ICU admissions, clusters of nursing home cases, the rise in community transmission, and the spread of the virus among health workers.

The number of Covid-19 related deaths here has more than doubled in 24 hours, with 10 more people dying, bringing the death toll to 19.

There have also been a further 255 confirmed cases, with 1,819 cases now recorded.

Chief medical officer Tony Holohan said they may decide to bring in more measures to stop the spread after today's meeting.

"So we see a continuing increase day-on-day in terms of intensive care," he said.

"We see as you rightly say clusters in a number of situations where we would not like to see infections in nursing homes or other long-stay residential facilities.

"If anything further is necessary, I've said from the beginning, ever before we had a case, if we needed to make a recommendation to the public or to the Government about actions that needed to be taken, we would do that without hesitation."

    Useful information
  • The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
  • Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;
  • GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.
  • ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

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