Covid cases ‘uncomfortably high’

Warning: ‘difficult winter ahead’

Sligo News File

The ever rising level of Covid outbreaks is alarming health authorities. Thousands of cases are now being recorded on a daily basis – today’s figure has surged to 2180, with 406 in hospital, 71 of them in intensive care. Hospitals are coming under huge pressure, meaning also that the near million waiting on appointments for other medical conditions are being further delayed.

Speaking on RTÉ, HSE Chief Clinical Officer, Dr Colm Henry, described the number of cases as “uncomfortably high.” He warned of a difficult winter ahead.

Worldwide deaths from Covid has already risen to five million. Ireland’s death toll from the disease is currently at more than 5,300.

Taoiseach Michael Martin has said a presentation from Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn was “serious.” Referencing the sudden increase in case numbers, he said the trajectory of the disease had taken a wrong turn.

As cases continue to pile up, doubt has been cast over the confidently expected lifting of existing Covid restrictions. There is also a likelihood many of the already eased restrictions may be reimposed.