Clare GP Warns Steps Must Be Taken To Contain Fourth Wave As Cases Soar

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A North Clare GP insists steps must be taken to contain the fourth wave of Covid-19, saying he doesn’t know how much more this country can sustain.

It comes as the Chief Medical Officer has said that no one measure can stop the spread of Covid, but is reassuring that transmission can be reduced.


The number of covid patients at the region’s main hospital jumped by a fifth over the weekend.

The latest HSE figures show there were 58 patients being treated for Covid-19 at University Hospital Limerick this morning, up 10 on Friday’s figure.

The number in intensive care remains unchanged at 13.

Nationally, the number of people being treated in hospital for the virus is at its highest level since February 21st.

A Lahinch GP expects a further rise in cases over the coming weeks and says there are a number of steps we can – and must- take to contain the fourth wave.

Dr Michael Kelleher, who’s a member of the IMO’s GP Committee says it’s clear the vaccine requires a third dose.

The Chief Medical Officer says meanwhile, that it’s possible people will need more than one booster of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The booster campaign is underway for healthcare workers, people over the age of 50 and the medically vulnerable.

NPHET is to meet again on Thursday to see if it needs to make further recommendations to Government.

Dr Tony Holohan says it’s hoped immunity from boosters is longer-lasting than the initial vaccine.