24 May 2022

FLATTEN THE CURVE Big Covid-19 spike causes Dr Holohoan to go back to basics in Omicron plea

More than 7,000 new cases in Ireland

FLATTEN THE CURVE Big Covid-19 spike causes Dr Holohoan to go back to basics in Omicron plea

A large number of people are set to catch Covid-19 imminently due to Omicron but Irish people can drive down the incidence again according to Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health.

He made the appeal as the Health Protection Surveillance Centre was notified of 7,333 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“Recent international experience and the rapid spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant here means we can expect to see a large number of cases over the next short period of time. 

“We all remember the call to ‘flatten the curve’ in the early days of the pandemic – we have successfully driven down incidence of disease in the community before - we can and must now work together to do it again. 

“By choosing to act safely right now, together we can limit the impact this disease will have in the weeks to come and in doing so, we can protect the vulnerable, prevent unnecessary deaths and ensure the continued operation of our healthcare system and other essential services," he said.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “The growth of the Omicron variant represents a significant threat to people’s ability to safely enjoy the Christmas and New Year period. Over the coming days please think about each of your social contacts and consider whether now is the time to be meeting with them. 

“Meet up outside where possible and avoid all crowded settings. If you have symptoms please isolate immediately and arrange a PCR test – do not go to work and do not meet up with other people. If you are identified as a close contact it is vital that you restrict your movements.”

As of 8am December 18, 410 COVID-19 patients were hospitalised, of which 107 are in ICU.


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