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Hospital Pressure Increasing As Covid-19 Rate Remains High

Hospital Pressure Increasing As Covid-19 Rate Remains High”

With more than 45,000 new cases over the last week, it shows that the disease is spreading here at a faster rate than other European nations or the United States.

He stressed the Government is now doing "everything it possibly can" to get the virus under control again.

The Taoiseach stated the authorities recognized their duty when it arrived to the rapid maximize of cases following the easing of restrictions, but pointed the finger toward improved socialisation and the presence of the Uk variant as the actual drivers of the unfold of Covid-19.

There's also continuing pressure on hospitals, with Letterkenny University Hospital this morning apologising for leaving some patients waiting in ambulances yesterday for beds to become available.

"If we. all knew the situation we'd be in now, would we have gone to Level 3 at all?"

He added that despite the government's hope to have the population vaccinated by August, he doesn't expect to see even 80% of people vaccinated until the later Autumn months.

"I'm not and I think that's an unfair presentation and assertion", he told Pat Kenny on Newstalk.

However, people arriving from elsewhere around the world now do not have to show proof of a negative test.

Worst COVID-19 outbreak

However, he said he "accepts" that socialisation played a role in the current surge.

He added: "That's my entire focus now".

Mr Varadkar predicted a good summer time for Irish individuals but included that it wouldn't be a regular a person.

The Taoiseach said the idea off sealing off the border with Northern Ireland as a way to curb the virus has never been a "realistic prospect". "It would be incredibly simplistic to focus on a single spot", the Taoiseach mentioned, incorporating that the hospitality sector being open up appeared to only have an result of.2 on the R charge.

The Taoiseach said it was clear to government towards early December that the public's patience with lockdown measures were beginning to wear thin and "compliance was weakening".

Writing on Twitter, he said: "I've always tried to balance #COVID19 messages".

Elsewhere, Mr Martin said there are still cases of people not following the guidelines - and that it's "quite extraordinary" that gardaí have had to intervene to break up parties.

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