'Enormous' public effort and 'fantastic' vaccination impact will have Covid-19 restrictions pay-off

Deputy Chief Medical Officer also urges public to keep incidence low

Conor Ganly

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Mask wearing just one of the tools in the armoury

The joint impact of vaccination and efforts of the public to stop Covid-19 from spreading has been highlighted by Ireland's Acting Chief Medical Officer who says it will help to ease restrictions.

Dr Ronan Glynn explained what has been achieved to date in NPHET's statement on Sunday, April 18.

“We have already seen the fantastic impact of vaccination amongst our healthcare workers and in our nursing homes. However, the declining incidence across all age groups in recent weeks cannot be attributed to vaccination but rather to the enormous efforts of people across society to keep themselves and their families safe.

“If we can keep incidence relatively low over the coming weeks, vaccination will increasingly play a role in suppressing this virus. This will make it easier for all of us to balance the risks associated with COVID-19 while gradually easing public health measures," he said.

In the meantime he urged people to continue to follow the suppression steps:

1. Keep your distance and wear a mask

2. Avoid mixing indoors with other households

3. work from home where at all possible

4. get vaccinated as soon as it's your turn, and

5. if you have any symptoms please isolate and contact a GP to arrange a test.”

NPHET said on Sunday that the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of one additional death related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 4,836 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Saturday 17th April, the HPSC has been notified of 269 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There has now been a total of 243,508* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

NPHET is no longer publishing county figures at the weekend.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 133 are men / 131 are women
  • 70% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 31 years old

As of 8am today, 181 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 47 are in ICU. 6 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of April 16th, 2021, 1,188,354 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 838,644 people have received their first dose
  • 349,710 people have received their second dose

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.