The healthcare executive’s online portal for the public to upload their positive antigen tests will go live on Friday but may fall victim to “play-acting”, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said.
Speaking outside the RDS immunization center on Thursday morning, Mr Donnelly said he has been told by HSE that he expects the portal to be used responsibly when uploading recovery certificates or potential false positives for work reasons. Questions were asked about the
“HSE portal is going up I am happy to say that tomorrow it will be phased out throughout the day. This means that by tomorrow, people will be able to directly upload their own positive antigen test,” he said. .
“They will be able to upload their close contacts. Then their close contacts make contact in the same way as for the PCR system.
“I think like most things in this pandemic, we are relying on people doing the right thing. I think from what we’ve seen over and over again over the past two years, people have consistently done the right thing. Is it open to acting a little bit? this is. ,
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Mr Donnelly said he spoke with intensive care specialists on Thursday and is encouraged about stability in hospitals despite the very high Omicron case numbers.
“The hospital figures, certainly the critical care figures, are very stable. Of course, we have to be mindful of the additional workload on the nurses, on the doctors and on the entire hospital system with these extra thousand patients.
“I was talking to some of our intensive care people this morning and they were reporting that the numbers are still stable and they are not seeing anything in pre-intensive care hospital patients or non-intensive care patients who Would suggest that those numbers are going to start rising exponentially in the coming days. So again, very positive things.”
Asked when Ireland could reach herd immunity, Mr Donnelly said this figure or limit is constantly changing. “The more infectious these things are, the higher the number of people you need to have either vaccine immunity or natural immunity. I can imagine that number would be much higher, given the extraordinarily infectious nature of Omicron. “
Despite this, he said that it may happen that Ireland may cross the Omicron summit for some time without knowing it. “I think what’s interesting is the modeling that Philip Nolan and team are doing. We’re all asking the same question, when is the peak? And I think Professor Nolan was pointing out last night that There are a lot more cases than what we’re reporting. . . we could have actually crossed the peak before it even took off.”
He said that the government will soon start modeling afresh.
Asked about confusion about HSE saying it would not provide such masks to the public despite Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan’s comments, Mr Donnelly said: “In fairness to HSE, the issue is around-the-clock. The masks nearby aren’t what they’ve been asked to do. It’s not something they knew about, as I think they confirmed last night, but look, we’re always going to keep reviewing these things. can.
“I would have my own view, whether for testing or for masks, this is something that I think a lot of employers can and should look at. I will also include public sector bodies in that.”
Meanwhile, it has emerged that additional immunizers are likely to be deployed back to their original positions in pharmacies, GP clinics in centers across the country and in general hospital roles and in the community now that antigen tests are a primary source or a Confirm covid. .-19 infection.