Irish hospitalisations see first week-on-week fall in Omicron wave

16/1/2022 4:59:00 PM

Irish hospitalisations see first week-on-week fall in Omicron wave

https://str.sg/wQAbDUBLIN (REUTERS) - The number of coronavirus patients in Irish hospitals fell week-on-week for the first time since the Omicron variantdrove cases to record highs last month,adding to confidence that restrictions will begin to be lifted shortly.

Ministers have said this week that they are increasingly confident of being able to end curbs introduced mainly on the hospitality and entertainment industry and that they will be guided by whether or not pressure on hospitals eases.There were 965 Covid-19 patients in hospital on Sunday (Jan 16), down from 984 a week ago and an Omicron peak of 1,063 last Monday, the health department said. The numbers in hospital reached a pandemic high of just over 2,000 a year ago during Ireland's deadliest wave.

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Copy to clipboard https://str.OTTAWA: Canada will see a surge in cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in coming weeks which could put significant new strains on the healthcare system, chief public health officer Theresa Tam said on Friday (Jan 14).Copy to clipboard https://str.LinkedIn LONDON: Young children and babies are proportionally more likely to be hospitalised with Omicron compared to older children than with previous variants but the cases are still mild, British researchers said, adding the overall picture was reassuring.

sg/wQAb DUBLIN (REUTERS) - The number of coronavirus patients in Irish hospitals fell week-on-week for the first time since the Omicron variant drove cases to record highs last month, adding to confidence that restrictions will begin to be lifted shortly. Ministers have said this week that they are increasingly confident of being able to end curbs introduced mainly on the hospitality and entertainment industry and that they will be guided by whether or not pressure on hospitals eases. New daily cases of COVID-19 have jumped to a record 37,500, which is most likely much less than the true number, given constraints in testing capacity across the country, she added. There were 965 Covid-19 patients in hospital on Sunday (Jan 16), down from 984 a week ago and an Omicron peak of 1,063 last Monday, the health department said. Outcomes for the hospitalised babies have been positive, however, with no deaths, less need for oxygen and proportionally fewer intensive-care admissions than during the Delta wave. The numbers in hospital reached a pandemic high of just over 2,000 a year ago during Ireland's deadliest wave. Even though Omicron is less severe than the Delta variant it has replaced, it is much more infectious, and the sheer number of new hospitalizations"could result in significant levels of healthcare strain in the coming weeks," she said. Hospitalisations tend to rise faster over weekends during waves of the disease in Ireland as more discharges occur on weekdays. Related: Omicron 'plainly milder'; new measures not needed, says UK PM Boris Johnson "These are not particularly sick infants.

The proportion of patients requiring critical care has been stable throughout the Omicron wave and stood at 88 on Sunday compared to a barely manageable 221 this time last year.5 million eligible Canadians have had less than two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, she said. "I completely accept that any hospital admission is a stress for the parents, but these are not particularly sick children," said Calum Semple, a professor of child health and outbreak medicine at the University of Liverpool who is a member of the consortium. Case numbers have also been falling over the last week, health department data shows. "I'm very keen to see the reopening happen at an ambitious pace over the next few weeks," Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told national broadcaster RTE ahead of a meeting of public health officials on Jan 20 to recommend the next move.6 per cent of those aged 12 and older had received two shots as of Jan 1. The government shut nightclubs and cut capacity at indoor events in early December before widening the constraints on crowds and Mr Varadkar reiterated that restrictions would likely be eased on a phased basis. Most of the hospitalised children were less than three months old, an age when doctors tend to treat fevers with an abundance of caution. Previously the government has lifted the most recently imposed curbs first and further reopened the economy every two to three weeks. "A very rapid review of clinical data is extremely reassuring," Viner told reporters.

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