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08th Jan 2021

NPHET has outlined two signs that suggest Ireland’s Covid-19 situation is improving

James Fenton

NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) has offered some hope that Ireland’s Covid-19 situation could be improving.

This week has seen a massive surge in Covid-19  numbers, with 25,792 new cases having been confirmed since Monday. As of this morning, a total of 1,151 people are now being treated in hospital for Covid-19 but amid all the gloom, NPHET has suggested that there might be some light at the end of the tunnel.

At yesterday’s press briefing the health experts pointed out that the number of people testing for the virus may have stopped rising, although the positivity rate remains at around 20%.

Secondly, the number of close contacts of each person testing positive appears to have fallen and now stands at an average of 3, having been at 4.8 at the beginning of last week.

Despite the positive signs, NPHET remains concerned at the number of Covid-19 cases being notified over the past two weeks, with the 14-day incidence is now at 936.4 per 100,000 nationally.

There have been a total of 127, 657 cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland since the beginning of the pandemic as well as 2,307 coronavirus-related deaths.

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