Vital to avoid a phenomenal increase in Covid cases after restrictions are eased

The director of public health for the HSE north-west is expecting an increase in the number of covid cases in the local region if the further easing of restrictions goes ahead as planned next week.


Dr. Anthony Breslin says that although an increase in the number of cases will be inevitable it’s vital that there is not a phenomenal increase in the numbers of those contracting Covid-19.


Dr. Breslin says that nationwide 70% of those in ICU suffering from Covid-19 and a similar percentage of those that have lost their lives from Covid have not been vaccinated.


The director of public health for the HSE north-west also confirmed to OceanFM News that although case numbers have decreased in Sligo and Leitrim there are still high figures of Covid-19 in Donegal:



The HSE’s chief operations officer says rising Covid hospitalisations are placing a ‘significant burden’ on the health service.


408 patients are in public hospitals with the virus – a 44 per cent increase on two weeks ago.


There is an average of 50 Covid admissions a day at the moment – compared to 35 at the end of September.


Anne O’Connor says there’s also increased demand for non-Covid care.