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NPHET expressed concern over the new leap of COVID-19; 53 open coronavirus clusters in 21 acute hospitals across the country

DUBLIN: The National Health Council says the rate of new COVID-19 cases and the number of deaths related to the virus in hospitals is exacerbated.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said in a letter to the government that there are 53 open corona virus clusters in 21 acute hospitals. These clusters contain thousands of new COVID-19 cases and 63 have died. Within a week, there were 91 new cases in seven clusters of hospitals.

Dr. Holohan wrote the letter on December 10. The letter states that there is a “persistently high incidence” of COVID-19 among healthcare workers and healthcare settings. Significant disease in the health care system points to the vulnerability of the epidemiological situation.

The number of cases reaching intensive care and COVID mortality does not decrease, and the incidence of the disease is higher in the elderly. NPHET also said there is a “persistently high incidence in older persons. NPHET recommended the establishment of a national outbreak control team working with HSE’s National Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control team to manage COVID outbreaks in Acute Hospitals. The new team should also regularly report to the NPHET.

“The NPHET raised concerns that, notwithstanding the exceptional commitment shown by all staff involved in the public health operation response to the pandemic thus far, further progress is required in the timeliness and robustness of that response at local level.” NPHET said the reference should not be construed as a critique of those currently in action.

NPHET also said it did not agree with the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC)’s monitoring of international travel.

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