May 18, 2024

LATEST: Holohan predicts ‘minimum’ of 200,000 new infections in December

A further 3,633 people have contracted Covid-19, the Department of Health confirmed this evening.

The number of patients being treated in hospital for the virus now stands at 634, a rise of 20 from yesterday.

If these, 119 patients are being treated in intensive care, an increase of five.

Speaking earlier, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan warned the country could have as many as 200,000 Covid-19 cases in December – and potentially this number – unless people take preventative measures to heolp cut transmission.

Dr Holohan told RTÉ News latest modelling from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) suggests “a minimum of 200,000 cases occurring in December”, but he stressed all of these “are preventable”.

Dr Holohan said that 2%, or 20 out of every 1,000 cases that might occur, will end up in hospital.


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