NPHET Recommends No New COVID Restrictions

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The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is not recommended any new restrictions following its meeting yesterday.

However, the team said more data is needed on the impact of cases on ICUs.

It is understood there are also no changes suggested to the close contact rules, which would not happen until after cases peak which is predicted for next week.

Earlier, the Department of Health announced that people who have received an additional dose of a Covid-19 vaccine will be issued an updated Digital Covid Certificate starting from yesterday.

The new certs will be automatically issued over the coming days to people who have received an additional or booster vaccination in recent months and will be valid for travel purposes in the EU for 9 months.

The Department said it is not currently planning to use similar validity periods for “domestic use” such as indoor dining.

There were 23,817 new cases of Covid reported yesterday – however given the difficulty accessing PCR tests the number of cases is likely much higher. The number of people in hospital with Covid is 941 with 90 people in intensive care.

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