Fri, 27 Jan 2023

DUBLIN, Ireland: Ireland find itself in the midst of another Covid-19 wave, according to Tanaiste Leo Varadkar, but the type of restrictions earlier imposed upon Ireland will not be reintroduced.

News reports on March 20 noted there has been an increase of 48 patients hospitalized with Covid. Currently there are 1,175 patients in Irish hospitals being treated for the virus. This is the highest number of hospitalizations since February of 2021.

"I think it is another wave," Varadkar said. "What's happening across Europe now is a second wave of Omicron, if you like."

"But I don't think it is going to require the reimposition of restrictions. About half of those in hospital with Covid would be in hospital anyway, it is an incidental finding in their cases."

"Also, because of the vaccines the number of people getting sick, the number of people being hospitalised, requiring ICU treatment, thankfully the number of people dying, is very low," Varadkar said.

"This is another wave but we don't anticipate it will necessitate the reimposition of restrictions."

The Tanaiste said while the current case numbers were "a cause for concern" they were "not a cause for panic."

He also said the Government is evaluating whether to offer a fourth vaccine dose to the elderly and medically vulnerable.

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