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Covid: 1,914 cases as HSE chief says rise in figures is an early warning

Danielle Walsh Ronan

A further 1,914 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed as HSE chief Paul Reid has said that the recent rise on Covid numbers was β€œnot a panic button”, but a signal of early warning.

As of 8am today, there were 413 Covid-19 patients hospitalised, of whom 73 are in ICU.

The National Public Health Emergency Team has said that the five-day moving average now stands at 1,685.

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The lifting of most remaining restrictions on October 22nd is still in doubt amid rising infections and hospital admissions.

However, Ministers are set to push for a partial easing of restrictions next week which would see vaccine passports remain a requirement for entering venues and premises.

The chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac), Professor Karina Butler has said that the β€œreal elephant in the room” was the high level of unvaccinated people in the country as 80 per cent of Covid patients in ICU were unvaccinated.

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