Daily Covid-19 case numbers are expected to reach record highs over the coming days as the country prepares for another wave of infections brought on by the Omicron variant.
Although data from the UK indicates Omicron infections have led to fewer hospitalisations, the findings are not however conclusive and officials are warning that an increase in case numbers will nevertheless put a huge amount of pressure of the already fatigued health system.
According to The Irish Times, Ministers and senior officials are expected to meet next week to consider whether further restrictions are needed to control transmission levels over the New Year.
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The Government is understood to believe there is no data at present to suggest further restrictions are needed, however, should the epidemiological situation deteriorate rapidly after Christmas, increased measures would likely be enacted quickly.
Although no meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) is planned until early next month, officials will be consulting with the Government throughout the coming weeks.
It is understood that contingency plans have been drawn up in recent days, including an exemption for non-healthcare meaningful workers regarding isolation requirements in anticipation of high levels of absenteeism due to the virus.
While it is not however clear how harsh the Omicron wave will be, senior supplies agree Ireland is facing a huge wave of infections. Christmas is also expected to impact data reporting, meaning it will likely take several days before a clear picture of the trajectory of the virus emerges.
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