Covid-19: 1,408 new cases, 26 patients in ICU

The Department of Health has reported 1,408 new instances of Covid-19.

As of 8am, 152 Covid patients have been in hospital, of which 26 are in ICU.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan informed a National Public Health Emergency Team briefing that 9 Covid-19 associated deaths have been reported for the reason that final briefing on 21 July.

He mentioned there are a complete of 5,035 Covid-19 deaths in Ireland so far.

Dr Glynn mentioned there have been 11 deaths with a date of dying in June and ten in July.

There have been 16,922 instances of Covid-19 reported in Ireland in the final 14 days.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan mentioned 2% of instances are at the moment being hospitalised.

"We know that we’d be experiencing many extra instances and hospitalisations have been it not for the good progress being made in taking over vaccination. We must maintain this up as we transfer to vaccinate the remaining, largely youthful, cohorts of our inhabitants.

"The more people vaccinated in this country, the less opportunity Covid-19 has to inflict severe illness and disruption on us. If you are eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination and have yet to register, please do so as soon as possible," he mentioned.

Dept of Health experiences 1,408 new Covid-19 instances. Deputy CMO Dr Ronan Glynn says that the nationwide common 14-day incidence charge is now 355 instances per 100,000 inhabitants |

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) July 28, 2021

Dr Holohan mentioned there are nonetheless a big variety of restrictions in place however the "progress we're making in relation to vaccines is putting us in a strong position".

Asked when these restrictions could possibly be eased, he replied: "If we keep progress going the day may not be far away".

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Dr Holohan mentioned NPHET doesn’t have a goal of 90% herd immunity – it doesn’t use that idea, he mentioned. But he mentioned it does endeavour to make sure the very best uptake amongst these supplied vaccination.

He added that NPHET won’t speak about herd immunity as a result of "it's not strictly in public health terms meaningful in the context of this particular illness".

Dr Glynn mentioned that whereas most international locations in Europe have proven a deteriorating Covid state of affairs in current weeks, all however two – France and Ireland – have proven a stabilisation in current days.

He mentioned that "vaccination is having a very positive impact on the risk profile of Covid-19 in Ireland".

"As extra folks get absolutely vaccinated we are able to anticipate to see the next proportion of instances in absolutely vaccinated folks. This doesn’t imply that vaccines should not working and, for individuals who have been absolutely vaccinated, their threat of extreme sickness or hospitalisation as results of Covid-19 is far decrease than if that they had not been vaccinated.

"It is vital that as many people as possible take the opportunity to get vaccinated in the weeks ahead – both for their own protection and for the protection of their families and friends. Walk-in centres for vaccination will open this weekend – please take the opportunity to get vaccinated."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, mentioned the median age of immediately's instances is 24.

Prof Nolan mentioned that hospital admissions are as much as 26 per day in the final week – nearly double what they have been every week in the past.

He mentioned there may be half the variety of instances in hospitals in comparison with October, however there are extra admissions.

Prof Nolan mentioned the illness is rising – the expansion charge peaked at 10% per day and is now at round 4% per day, which means it may double case numbers in 17 days, he mentioned.

Prof Philip Nolan says that on common, there are 26 folks being admitted to hospital per day during the last week. He says that the admissions are "very significantly up" than what they have been two weeks in the past |

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) July 28, 2021

He mentioned in the center of June there was the beginning of an exponential enhance after which in July there was an unexplained massive rise in numbers.

He mentioned it’s exhausting to grasp why this step change occurred – it may be that a lot of folks had one thing that they had been ready to do after which they did it.

He mentioned for the time being it’s a illness of younger folks dominated by these aged 19 to 24, adopted by these aged 13 to 18, however in that age group it’s largely 16- and 17-year-olds, adopted by these aged 25 to 34.

"The present trajectory of the extra transmissible Delta variant throughout the nation implies that unvaccinated folks stay at excessive threat of contracting Covid-19.

"The pace at which our vaccination programme is operating means that it will not be long before you can avail of a vaccine. In the meantime, unvaccinated people should take all public health precautions to avoid contracting the disease."

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Professor Karina Butler, Chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC), mentioned medical trials estimated efficacy of each the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as 100% in the 12-15 age group, "making them extremely effective in preventing infection in this age cohort".

"I would strongly encourage those aged 12-15 years of age with underlying medical conditions, those living with a younger child with complex medical needs, or with an immuno-compromised adult to accept vaccination as soon as it is offered," she mentioned.

Prof Butler mentioned it is rather cheap for fogeys to pause and take into consideration whether or not they want their kids to get vaccinated.

Prof Karina Butler

Overwhelmingly, Covid is a gentle illness in kids and most youngsters can be asymptomatic or have solely delicate signs, she mentioned. However, there can be a lot of kids who can have extreme signs and be hospitalised – lower than 1%.

Prof Butler mentioned taking all components under consideration, and looking out on the affect of the pandemic on kids – a rise in nervousness, a rise in consuming issues, worry of mingling, a sense that adults are pulling away from them, and disruption to their regular development and improvement – they felt that the advantages of vaccination exceeded any threat.

Prof Butler mentioned NIAC and the Department of Health did analysis with kids and adolescents in focus teams.

They heard the younger folks weren’t fearful about their very own well being however about passing Covid on to others, and so they wished to get their lives again to what that they had been earlier than Covid.

They mentioned they might really feel happier if vaccinated.

Prof Butler mentioned she’s going to respect the choice of oldsters when deciding on whether or not to vaccinate their kids. She mentioned the uptake from vaccines in younger folks has actually been "quite remarkable".

She mentioned the very uncommon aspect impact of irritation of the guts was in younger males beneath 30, predominantly in the primary week after the second dose. While it prompted hospitalisation, she mentioned it was short-lived and resolved.

"There were 300 [cases] out of the millions of doses administered in the US across all age groups."

She mentioned if anyone has one thing like that occur, they are going to be suggested to not undertake any strenuous exercise for six months.

Dr Holohan mentioned he believes we are able to get to the next uptake of vaccination than different international locations.

The Chief Medical Officer mentioned he wouldn’t see vaccination as a requirement to return to highschool in September.

He mentioned there are a lot of different protections that can be related in the college.

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