Michael Staines
Michael Staines

17.37 29 Jul 2021


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A further 1,361 COVID cases have been announced this evening.

This morning, there were 160 patients in hospital – up eight on yesterday and 68% on last week.

There were still 26 in hospital, which is three more than last week.

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The five-day moving average has increased slightly to 1,272.

The COVID-19 five-day moving average. Image: Newstalk The COVID-19 five-day moving average. Image: Newstalk

It comes as the HSE chief Paul Reid said about 30% of the COVID patients in hospital, were diagnosed after they were admitted.

“There are 100 people in hospital identified as COVID,” he said. “People identified or admitted for COVID.

“Again, a snapshot of what we are seeing over the last week or so, about 70% [of the patients].

“Then, the remaining 30%, a smaller proportion, which might be healthcare-associated infections or an outbreak in a hospital and others who came in for other illnesses and then identified as COVID.”

In recent weeks the Government has said it is looking for better data about the type of COVID patients in hospital.

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach Micheál Martin has told Newstalk that Ireland will not have a UK-style ‘freedom-day,’ noting that the pandemic is more likely to “peter out over time.”

He played down hopes that restrictions could be eased faster than planned.

Last night, the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said Ireland may be able to do away with more restrictions in a matter of weeks, due to the success of the vaccine programme.

Mr Martin said restrictions had already been eased "quite substantially" – and insisted that caution is still needed.

Micheál Martin in the Newstalk studio

Mr Martin also told reporters that a quarter of a million children could be vaccinated by the time they go back to school.

Meanwhile, the Government is planning to increase crowd sizes at sporting events ahead of the All-Ireland semi-finals and finals.


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