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COVID-19: 1,335 New Cases Reported

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05:57 25 Sep 2021


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The Department of Health has reported 1,335 new cases of Covid-19.

This is an increase of 172 on yesterday's figure.

The 14-day incidence rate stands at 387 cases per 100,000 of the population.

282 people are in hospital with the virus - a decrease of 15 people in the last 24 hours.

Of those in hospital, 65 people are being treated in intensive care.

Testing And Tracing

Reports today suggest that NPHET is considering ending routine Covid-19 contact tracing in four weeks, when the majority of pandemic restrictions will be lifted in Ireland.

Earlier this week it was decided that children who are close contacts, but have no symptoms, do not have to be tested or isolate.

It's understood that decision will be monitored before a final decision is made on scrapping adult contact tracing.

For over a year now 1,000 staff have been involved in contacting thousands of close contacts every week.

Anthony Staines, Professor of Health Systems in DCU, says there are risks in closing the call centres:

"My understanding is that the plan is to effectively close the major call centres.

"That will throw contact tracing back on my public health colleagues, who will keep doing what they've been doing.

"The risk is that there could be too many outbreaks for them to investigate."

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