No new covid restrictions recommended by Nphet to the government

The state public health team has not recommended the government to impose any additional COVID-19 restrictions.

The National Public Health Emergency Team met on Thursday to review the epidemiological situation in the state and consider whether any additional measures are needed amid the record of COVID-19 cases conducted by Omicron Edition.

Two sources said the team has recommended continuing with the existing measures, potentially until the end of the month.

The sources also stated that the separation period for close contacts cannot be changed until after the peak of the ohmron wave.

A daily record of 23,817 new cases of Kovid-19 were confirmed in the state on Thursday.

The new cases were reported by the health department, which said that there are now 941 Kovid-19 patients in state hospitals, of which 90 are in ICU.

Impact on HSE

According to HSE Chief Executive Officer Paul Reid, at least 8,500 healthcare workers are currently off work due to COVID-19 infection or close contact.

This is equivalent to one in eight workers in healthcare, and includes 3,000 nurses and midwives and 1,500 workers working in patient care.

But he warned that the actual number could be double this manual count due to the spurt in infections over the past week.

Mr Reid was speaking during the HSE media briefing on Thursday.