The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) has recognised those who continue to contribute to the country’s response to Covid-19 as an additional 20,110 cases were confirmed.
As of 8am today, 682 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 86 are in ICU.
Dr Tony Holohan said that one again, “another very high number of confirmed cases of Covid-19” are being reported in Ireland and that the number of people in hospital with the virus is continuing to increase.
“I know many people have cancelled or postponed planned social and family events, not just for News Years Eve, but right throughout the Christmas period. The occasions in life we most look forward to have been changed utterly by this pandemic. However, these collective efforts are necessary to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our health service.
It is timely today to remember all of those who continue to contribute so much to our response to Covid-19, particularly the individual and collective efforts of our frontline healthcare workers who are now facing into a third year of pandemic response.
“In the most challenging of circumstances, they continue to work to protect public health and to maintain access to services across all parts of our health service.
“In the delivery of both Covid and non-Covid services, patients and their families have benefitted from their empathy, skill, and care. January will likely be a difficult time and I would like to thank all of our health care workers most sincerely for their efforts.”
Once again, we are reporting another very high number of confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Ireland. The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 is continuing to increase.— Dr Tony Holohan (@DrTonyHolohan) December 31, 2021
Dr Holohan also remembered those who have died with the virus in Ireland since the beginning of the pandemic, along with their families and loved ones who are grieving their loss.
“We must all remember that it is our collective, national response and the ongoing and extraordinary sacrifices each one of us is making that will break the chains of transmission, minimise the pressure on our health service, ensure that as few families as possible are similarly impacted in 2022 and lead to brighter days ahead.
2020 was a very challenging year from a Covid point of view. We were dealing with a new disease, with no drugs, no vaccines and no background immunity.
"In 2021, we saw the emergence of vaccines and the extraordinary response of the scientific community internationally to produce them.
“As we look to 2022, there are many reasons for cautious optimism. Advances in science and public health including the development of new treatments like antivirals and monoclonal antibodies and the continued evolution of our understanding of this virus give us grounds to hope that 2022 may be a better year from a Covid point of view than either 2020 or 2021,” he said.