1,179 other cases of Covid-19 have been detected, the health ministry reported, with 22 people in intensive care and 91 in hospital.
Ireland will experience a “bumpy journey” over the next few weeks when it comes to the Covid Delta variant, the health services chief has said.
In a tweet on Sunday morning, however, Paul Reid noted that test positivity fell from 8.4% to 6.7% on Saturday, with 77% of people partially vaccinated and nearly 64% fully vaccinated.
“A white phalanx [sic] Delta vaccine ride but let’s go, ”Mr. Reid said on Twitter.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn called on those not yet vaccinated to be extra careful of indoor environments, warning that the incidence rate of the virus is particularly high among people between the ages of 16 and 30.
The 14-day incidence rate has now risen to over 180 per 100,000 cases, while the five-day average of over 800 cases per day is the highest since mid-February.
“Unfortunately, over the last few days we have started to see these high cases translate into increasing numbers in the hospital and in our intensive care units,” said Dr Glynn. “There is a very large pool of people who are still vulnerable to this disease in the weeks to come. “
A bumpy ride for the next few weeks in terms of #Delta. Thankfully, the community’s positivity from testing was reduced yesterday from 8.4% to 6.7%. Today, 77% of people are partially vaccinated and almost 64% completely. A ride of white vaccines against Delta, but let’s go. @HSELive
– Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin)
July 18, 2021
The Ministry of Health reported 1,377 new cases of Covid on Saturday evening with 78 patients in hospital and 22 in intensive care. The day before, Friday, there were 73 people with Covid in the hospital, including 23 in intensive care.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly also took to Twitter on Sunday morning to condemn the recent abuse suffered by Dr Tony Holohan and Dr Glynn. He was tweeting following reports that the chief medical officer and his deputy had received threatening and threatening phone calls.
“It is absolutely appalling that public health doctors advising the government are the targets of abuse for doing their jobs in the midst of a pandemic,” Donnelly tweeted. “They have worked tirelessly throughout Covid and have tough jobs to do. They deserve our respect and support.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said on Saturday the government was very concerned about the transmissibility of the Delta variant and predicted a high volume of cases.
“The situation is serious with regard to the Delta variant. There will be a high volume of cases and the number of cases will continue to increase, so we will be monitoring resulting hospitalizations and resulting illnesses, as well as mortality very closely, ”said Martin.
“Nphet has made some adjustments and I will be meeting with public health officials this week and looking at how to plan for August and September,” Martin said.
“We all need to be vigilant about our individual behaviors as this is a new turning point on the road to Covid-19. “
Mr Martin said from now on overseas travel is to resume from Monday with the use of the EU’s Covid digital certificate for travel from the EU or from Space European economy, with indoor meals for fully vaccinated people from July 26.
He would not be drawn when asked if the planned easing of restrictions depended on cases remaining below a certain threshold, such as 2,000 cases per day.
The Taoiseach also played down suggestions of tension between the government and Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan over resuming indoor meals, which he confirmed was set to resume from July 26, despite the sharp increase in cases in recent days.
Dr Holohan has repeatedly recommended that parents do not bring children to eat indoors, even though under the proposed rules it is allowed.