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This morning.

Via Irish Times:

Several high-ranking sources said that the Nphet advice had been sprung on the Government, with no indications at a meeting on Tuesday between the Coalition leaders and senior Nphet officials that such a draconian stance would be taken.

Senior sources said that the proposed 5pm closing time could be extended until 9 or 10pm, but stressed that this would depend on the discussions between the party leaders this morning and the decision of the Cabinet when it meets later in the afternoon.

Several people involved in discussions on the issue in Government said that the Nphet proposals amounted to an effective lockdown of the hospitality industry. “This is a lockdown by stealth,” one said.

Backbench revolt against ‘lockdown by stealth’ appears to grow following shock Nphet advice (Irish Times)

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Earlier: “It Would Be Closure For Many”

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This morning.

Brussels, Belgium.

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Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer

This morning.

Via RTE News:

increased risk led Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan to warn last night that anyone planning to spend Christmas with older family members, the immunocompromised or those vulnerable to the effects of Covid needed to now avoid crowds, limit their contacts, and work from home unless absolutely necessary.

This is the backdrop to today’s meeting of NPHET which is widely expected to make recommendations to the Government around reducing social mixing, as well as advising that all close contacts of those with Covid restrict their movements.

The possibility of tightening restrictions still further on hospitality led the Restaurants Association of Ireland to warn that such a move would have a “devastating economic impact on businesses already flattened financially”.

NPHET meets amid warning Omicron could cause record high in hospitalisations (RTE)

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Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer

This morning.

The cabinet covid committee is to meet later  to discuss recommendations contained in a letter yesterday to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly from the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan rergarding socialising this Christmas.

Via RTÉ News:

It is believed that concern has led NPHET to consider recommending the reduction of socialising in the run-up to Christmas – including limiting household gatherings to the host family plus three other households.

It is understood further limitations on hospitality which were being examined included table service; multiple table bookings being discontinued; the number of people allowed at any one table being limited to six people; and further limits on opening times.

A proposal to further extend the use of Covid certs to other areas beyond hospitality – a plan rejected by Government a few weeks ago – is also believed to be a preferred option.

Cabinet Covid committee to meet over NPHET recommendations (RTÉ)

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Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health this afternoon

This afternoon.

Department of Health, Dublin 2.

Via RTÉ News:

The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said NPHET has been very clear that people need to be mindful about social contacts; that they need to be halved in order to get transmission of the virus under control.

He said the chance of someone “bumping into the virus” while out is “very high“.

However…

A key difference between this and last Christmas is that most of the population is vaccinated – that allows so much of society to remain open, Dr Holohan said.

Good times.

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Anyone?

Acceleration of Covid cases giving ‘concern’, says NPHET (RTE)

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Any questions?

This afternoon.

Department of Health, Baggott, Street, Dublin 2.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan at the weekly Department of Health Covid -19 briefing…

…said NPHET had a ‘substantial concern” about the number of ICU beds being taken up by Covid-19 patients because he said the knock-on effect is that those beds would normally by ordinary people who cannot get access to surgeries or interventions

Dr Holohan warned fully-vaccinated people that there are still risks involved with getting Covid-19 “even if those risks are substantially reduced”.

Just because everything is open doesn’t mean we all have to do them or that we all have to do them at the same time,” he said.

The Chief Medical Officer said it would “be sensible” for people who were in nightclubs at the weekend to stay away from vulnerable people in the following days.

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Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn [above] said the trajectory for Covid-19 infection in Ireland in the coming days and weeks is not good..

He said that although 42% of cases in ICU were fully vaccinated people, the key point is that 58% of people in ICU are not vaccinated.

NPHET concerned by growing Covid rates as 101 in ICU (RTÉ)

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Ah now.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Last night/this morning.

Chielf Medical Officer at the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan said:

“Over the course of the last seven days, 32 people with Covid-19 were admitted to critical care facilities and today, there are a total of 60 people with Covid-19 receiving critical care.

“The median age of those in ICU is 55 – this means that 50% of the patients currently in ICU with Covid-19 are aged less than 55 years.”

Dr Holohan added:

“While our vaccination programme continues to offer great hope, at this point in time, only 53% of 16 to 29 year-olds are fully vaccinated. This age group continues to account for the highest incidence of Covid-19 in our population.”

Half of Covid ICU patients under 55, says Holohan (RTÉ)

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Vaccination of the young (Irish Medical Times)

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Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, in the Department of Health at a NPHET press briefing this evening

This evening.

Tense, nervous Headache?

If somebody is able to show me evidence that my advice is wrong, I’m happy to look at it.

Dr Tony Holohan, Cheif Medical Officer, Department of Health.

Over to you, ratlickers.

Be the fuzzy-tongued tin-foilers we know you can be.

Fight!

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From top: Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health; the five ‘scenarios’ outlined in his letter to the cabinet yesterday with the mean number of cases, hospital admissions, ICU admissions and deaths from  July 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021 under each scenario

This afternoon.

Further to the announcement of a delay in re-opening, Government, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said according to the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC), modelling scenarios….

‘…that the planned easing of these measures should only proceed once a robust, non-reproducible and enforceable system of verification of vaccination or immunity status can be put in place to support this.

“If this is not deemed feasible, the Government should consider pausing further easing of these measures until such a system can be instituted”, it advised.

The letter outlined five separate scenarios, with possible outcomes from “Optimistic” with 165 deaths between 1 July and 30 September to “Pessimistic” with 2,170 deaths from Covid-19.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the Government has taken the “cautious approach”…

Full letter here.

NPHET letter outlined five scenarios to Government (RTÉ)

Earlier: ‘Absolutely Bananas’ And ‘Completely Bonkers’

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This afternoon.

Come on, man.

What’s the hold up?

*smacks arm*

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Northern Ireland has had five suspected cases of blood clot cases linked to the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

That is from a total of 550,000 people given the vaccine up to 28 April.

The figure is in proportion to other suspected cases from across the UK including England (198); Scotland (18); Wales (9) and unknown (12).

Coronavirus: Five suspected AZ vaccine-linked blood clots in NI (BBC)

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Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health at a Covid-19 press briefing in the Department of Health this afternoon

This afternoon.

“…while the national incidence rate is 125 per 100,000, Donegal currently stands at 295 per 100,000. This is extremely concerning for public health doctors locally.”

Dr Tony Holohan earlier.

Anyone?

Holohan: Easing of restrictions a ‘welcome and deserved turning point’ (Irish Examiner)

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