February 26, 2024

LATEST: More than 10,000 new cases of virus as expert says Omicron wave has ‘peaked’

More than 10,000 further people have contracted the coronavirus, another significant drop in daily case numbers.

The Department of Health this evening confirmed been notified of 6,329 additional PCR-confirmed cases of Covid-19, as well as 4,810 positive antigen tests registered online.

The number of people in ICU is 97, a rise of 9 on the same time yesterday. There are now 1,006 people in hospital with the virus, up 66.

The latest figures comes as a leading expert said it looks like the Omicron wave has peaked.

Professor of immunology at Maynooth University Paul Moynagh said numbers over the past few days indicate that the latest wave “certainly seems they’ve peaked”.

Professor Moynagh told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme: “If you look at these waves they tend to be symmetrical, we don’t really know why. So with Omicron, the incline was very, very steep, so we probably expect decline to be something similar and reflect that steep incline.”

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