‘Please remain cautious.’
That was the warning from HSE CEO Paul Reid this morning, as the number of new Covid-19 infections continues to rise, mainly among young people.
A further 600 additional cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the past 24 hours. 64 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, with 16 of those patients in intensive care (ICU).
“The early warning signals are here though of increased testing, cases & positivity. We’ve 3 lines of defence for our hospitals, i.e. vaccines, testing & tracing & public health measures.” Mr Reid tweeted.
#Covid19 hospital patients slightly rising at 62, 16 in ICU. The early warning signals are here though of increased testing, cases & positivity. We’ve 3 lines of defence for our hospitals, i.e. vaccines, testing & tracing & public health measures. Please remain cautious.@HSELive
— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) July 13, 2021
Yesterday, chief medical officer Tony Holohan said that, while the vaccination programme is working, the Delta variant is a highly transmissible strain that poses a significant threat to the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.
“We are currently experiencing a worrying increase in incidence in daily case numbers, particularly in the 16-29 age group.” Dr Holohan said.
“If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you need to maintain a high degree of caution in your activities this summer. It is essential for you to avoid crowds, carefully manage your contacts, wear your mask, keep a safe distance from others and take the vaccine when it is offered.”