Tuesday, August 31, 2021

James Cox

A further 1,382 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the State today, with 355 coronavirus patients in Irish hospitals.

There are 54 Covid-19 patients in intensive care units.

Meanwhile, requirements for mask wearing and physical distancing will ease in many settings from October, under plans being considered by Government.

The Irish Times reports that the final move to end Covid-19 restrictions will also include removing testing or vaccination as grounds for accessing many services.

The changes envisaged for October 22nd are contained in draft plans, circulated last night and this morning following a meeting of the Cabinet Covid-19 subcommittee.

Meanwhile, the number of patients waiting for beds at Cork University Hospital this morning was the highest since the start of the pandemic, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).

The union stated that 63 patients were waiting on trolleys in CUH today, with a total of 332 waiting for beds in hospitals around the country.

The statement comes as the INMO releases its total trolley figures for the month of August, stating that 6,367 patients were waiting for beds across the country in the last month, more than double the number in August 2020.

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