5 things we learned from the latest Covid-19 briefing

As recent Level 5 restrictions come into impact amid report case numbers, listed below are 5 key factors from the final Department of Health briefing of 2020.

4,000 further circumstances in system

Prof Philip Nolan mentioned that there are as many as 4,000 further constructive circumstances in the system, which have but to be reported.

He mentioned in current days over the festive interval, there have been "very few people" presenting for checks, which meant fewer constructive checks coming from labs.

He mentioned they estimate there may be "somewhere in the region of 4,000 positive tests" reported in the previous 2-3 days which have but to be formally confirmed as circumstances.

"Simply put, this system was not designed to report 2/3/4,000 tests per day, and it is going to take several days to confirm all of those cases," he mentioned.

'We're in for tough weeks forward’ Setting out current tendencies in #Covid19, Prof Philip Nolan (@President_MU) says the precise state of affairs is even worse than the latest figures present, and we ought to anticipate to see very excessive numbers of circumstances in the coming days | https://t.co/pO7lVq2dTO pic.twitter.com/f6i9lAcHZ5

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) December 31, 2020

Close contacts won’t be examined

The Chief Medical Officer mentioned that shut contacts of a confirmed case at the moment are not suggested to hunt a Covid-19 check.

However, they’re nonetheless advised to limit their actions for 14 days, and get in touch with their GP instantly in the event that they develop signs.

Dr Tony Holohan, @CMOIreland, says for the subsequent time period shut contacts of confirmed #Covid19 circumstances won’t be suggested to be examined, however ought to prohibit their actions for 14 days | https://t.co/pO7lVq2dTO pic.twitter.com/iK3dlWw3GO

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) December 31, 2020

"We are once again in the mitigation stage of this pandemic," mentioned Dr Tony Holohan.

"To support the testing system through this surge, we are no longer advising close contacts of confirmed cases to get tested. Testing and tracing is an exercise in containment and we are no longer in a containment phase. However, it is imperative that if you are a close contact of a confirmed case you restrict your movements and contact your GP immediately if you develop symptoms," he mentioned.

'It's clear we're not in a containment part any longer', @CMOIreland says, as he units out the rationale behind the resolution to pause testing of shut contacts. We at the moment are in a mitigation part in the battle towards #Covid19, he says | https://t.co/pO7lVq2dTO pic.twitter.com/Wr7flWQMnf

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) December 31, 2020

HSE says that the textual content message for shut contacts will now advise an individual that they’re a detailed contact and that they need to prohibit their actions and will they present signs they need to instantly contact their GP to rearrange a check.

— Fergal Bowers (@FergalBowers) December 31, 2020

Pressure on well being system

The present charges of transmission are placing extreme strain on well being companies, in response to the HSE's Dr Colm Henry.

Prof Philip Nolan mentioned the R quantity stays a minimum of 1.6-1.8, whereas the development price stood at 7% to 10%.

Even if we suppressed the virus and introduced the R quantity under 1, he mentioned a peak of between 700-1,000 individuals in hospital was anticipated by mid-January.

He mentioned if we fail to suppress it, then we would face "an intolerable situation" in hospitals.

"The number of cases are so high that we are experiencing delays in reporting them," he mentioned.

"We must suppress transmission. There is no alternative," he mentioned.

Dr Colm Henry (@CcoHse) says the present charges of #Covid19 transmission are placing extreme strain on well being companies | https://t.co/pO7lVq2dTO pic.twitter.com/TXUNmKPjKh

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) December 31, 2020

Recent constructive circumstances had as much as 30 shut contacts

Dr Tony Holohan mentioned some examples of current circumstances of Covid-19 have proven that 20 or 30 shut contacts have been recognized.

"Clearly not in any way following the public health advice," he mentioned.

Everyone ought to behave as if they’re a detailed contact now, added Dr Holohan.

'This will not be a time for gatherings of any type indoor or out of doors', @CMOIreland says, noting that some individuals who have examined constructive for #Covid19 just lately have recognized 20-30 shut contacts, 'clearly not in any approach following public well being recommendation' | https://t.co/pO7lVq2dTO pic.twitter.com/Zwwl74eaCb

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) December 31, 2020

52,000 can be eligible for testing beneath present standards

If everyone was referred for testing based mostly on the standards that existed at this time, the HSE's Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry mentioned there can be 52,000 individuals referred for testing.

He mentioned that is "not sustainable".

The sheer variety of shut contacts recognized is now so excessive, that it’s placing intense strain on the testing and tracing system.

This goes a way in direction of explaining why well being authorities determined to cut back testing of shut contacts.

Dr Colm Henry (@CcoHse) says the present charges of #Covid19 transmission are placing extreme strain on well being companies | https://t.co/pO7lVq2dTO pic.twitter.com/TXUNmKPjKh

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) December 31, 2020

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