“Vaccines work and are doing the heavy lifting.”
The Department of Health confirmed 892 new cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland yesterday, marking the first time new cases were lower than 1,000 since July 15th.
The figure also marks the lowest number of new cases since the Delta variant became the main strain, a development which saw cases double within the space of a week.
Professor Phillip Nolan of NPHET has tweeted about this latest development, describing Ireland’s current Covid landscape as “stable but complex.”
Nolan wrote: “Incidence is stable overall but it is a complex picture. Incidence in children has fallen, so that it is now lower than it was in mid-August before schools opened. Incidence in adults may be trending upwards as we return to higher education and work.”
“Vaccines work, and are doing the heavy lifting, but we need to continue basic measures, especially self-isolating if symptomatic. This is the most important measure, and even when you have no symptoms remember distance, masks, hand and respiratory hygiene and ventilation.”
However, amongst the good news, 333 people are currently in hospital with Covid-19 — including 64 people in intensive care, a figure that increased by four between Sunday and Monday.
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