The Acting Chief Medical Officer has hit back at claims by the Tanaiste that Ireland should follow Belgium’s approach to the Covid-19 crisis before introducing measures.
In Belgium, health experts focus on hospital admissions, the number of people in intensive care and the overall number of deaths before making recommendations, something Leo Varadkar believes Ireland should do more of.
But in response to the comments, Dr Ronan Glynn has said that NPHET does take all the same things into account.
“That’s precisely what we do… we’re worried about admissions to critical care, we’re worried about mortality, we’re worried about the effect on the wider health system, we’re worried about the effects and vulnerable people all across the country,” he told Virgin Media News.
“The reason we worry about cases rising, is that in 2,3,4,5 weeks time, we see the knock on effect of that in terms of disease severity and impact…
“We had 32 deaths in September, at least seven of those deaths were in people aged less than 65. At least seven of those deaths were people with no underlying conditions at all.”
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