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Easing of Covid-19 restrictions requires careful monitoring

EFFICIENT contract tracing, increased testing and the use of new technology needs to be introduced before Covid-19 restrictions can be reduced, according to a local health specialist. Professor Liam Glynn said Ireland requires a really strong testing capability with a quick turnaround and contract tracing to accurately track what is happening when a restriction is changed. “If lifting a restriction does cause a spike, we must be able to reintroduce it, particularly in certain geographic areas, hot spots or particular groups of people. “This has to be done in a safe a manner as possible so vulnerable people will have to stay cocooned. The people who can be let out will be those at lowest risk. “We need an ongoing monitoring system so we can actively check if the easing of restrictions is causing an upsurge. “It is all to play for still,” he said. The Professor of General Practice at the Graduate Entry Medical, University of Limerick is producing …

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Dr Harty appeals for support on Covid-19 restrictions

EFFORTS must continue to reduce the incidence of Covid-19 to ensure that in excess of 1,200 people don’t die from this disease in Ireland in three weeks’ time, a local doctor has warned. Dr Michael Harty has appealed to people to stay at home, the elderly to “cocoon” and others to self-isolate for 14 days if they have any symptoms to try and reduce the worrying rising death rate in the country. Having tracked the Covid-19 figures in different countries, he said the death rate in Ireland is 15 people per million compared to 207 per million in Italy. The Kilmihil-based GP expressed concern about the increase in the number of patients requiring ventilation from 77 on Tuesday to 107 on Wednesday and this doesn’t include another 37 in ICU. If a large number of people get Covid-19 around the same period, he warned ICU will be overwhelmed very quickly despite of extensive efforts to double capacity in the public …

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