Almost two out of three staff have been to their workplace recently, according to new monitoring data demonstrating the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
During the past week 44 per cent of adults, or 62.5 per cent of workers, went to their workplace at some point, the social activity measure conducted for the Department of Health found.
Social activity increased again, following a drop-off during the summer, and there were meaningful rises in visits to retail, hospitality venues and exercise venues.
On average, one person met 4.3 others from outside their household during the past 48 hours, but 30 per cent reported meeting no one.
Four out of 10 people had a close contact the past day, and one-fifth made a home visit. However, almost all the additional visits and contacts were with vaccinated people, according to the examination by the Economic and Social Research Institute.
While visits to workplaces, meetings, social visits and contacts are at their highest level since January, mitigating behaviours are on the decline.
More than one-quarter of people report not engaging in behaviours such as disguise-wearing, social distancing or hand hygiene when leaving home.
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The ESRI categorise one-fifth of the population as “socialisers” who visit a higher than average number of risky locations. One in eight people are classed a socialisers who rarely take precautions against infection.
Almost 40 per cent of people who exercised indoors said the facility they used was not well ventilated.
Sixty per cent of people felt there was some component of risk in their behaviour over the preceding 48 hours, with 11 per cent saying their behaviour was highly risky.
People associated risk with large events such as weddings or funerals, going to college and using public transport.
Generally, people leaving home recognised the risk involved, but those who went to church appeared to believe it reduced their risk of infection compared with staying at home.
People’s perception of risk was pushed by the number of people they met and the locations they visited, instead of the measures they took to mitigate that risk. “This discounting of mitigation behaviours contrasts with public health advice,” the ESRI notes.
Around one-third of the population keep highly worried about Covid-19, and many choose not to meet people outside their household. already among younger people, more than 30 per cent of under-40s keep highly worried.
While more than 90 per cent have received their digital vaccine cert, one-third who went to a restaurant or pub say this was not checked.
Meanwhile, there were 15 Covid-related deaths last week, of which 14 involved people aged 65 years and older, according to the latest bulletin from the Central Statistics Office.
situations declined 6 per cent, and the proportion of situations in children aged 14 and under also dropped, from 30 per cent the past week to 23 per cent.
situations among teachers and other education staff have risen to 6 per cent of all workplace situations following a third week-on-week rise.
The number of Covid-19 patients in hospital increased by 17 per cent, HSE chief executive Paul Reid said on Friday. Urging caution, Mr Reid said 67 per cent of virus patients in ICU were not vaccinated.
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