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Highest rate of Covid now among 35- to 44-year-olds as hospital and intensive care numbers continue to climb

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The number of people with Covid-19 in hospital rose to 765 yesterday, up from 537 two weeks ago. Photo: Valeriy Muhmed/Stock image

The number of people with Covid-19 in hospital rose to 765 yesterday, up from 537 two weeks ago. Photo: Valeriy Muhmed/Stock image

The number of people with Covid-19 in hospital rose to 765 yesterday, up from 537 two weeks ago. Photo: Valeriy Muhmed/Stock image

The highest rate of Covid-19 is now being seen in 35- to 44-year-olds as numbers with the virus in hospital continue to climb.

New figures show that people aged 35-44 account for 20.4pc of cases detected through PCR tests administered by the HSE, followed by 19.5pc among 25 to 34-year-olds.

Children aged 13-18 and people aged over 85 account for the lowest proportion, at 1.8pc.

More women are getting infected, at 59.4pc compared to men.

It comes as the number of people with Covid-19 in hospital rose to 765 yesterday, up from 537 two weeks ago.

There was a significant rise in the numbers in intensive care – up to 35 from the low 20s last week. However, the hope is that this wave may have peaked and that the numbers will start to fall.

Meanwhile, in a statement on monkeypox, World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sounded the alarm about its spread.

There have been 28 cases confirmed in Ireland so far.

“I am deeply concerned by the spread of monkeypox, which has now been identified in more than 50 countries, across five WHO regions, with 3,000 cases since the early May,” he said.

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The Emergency Committee of the WHO shared serious concerns about the scale and speed of the current outbreak, noted many unknowns and gaps in current data, and prepared a consensus report that reflects differing views amongst the committee.

“Overall, in the report, they advised me that at this moment the event does not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, which is the highest level of alert WHO can issue, but recognised that the convening of the committee itself reflects the increasing concern about the international spread of monkeypox,” he said.

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Dr Tedros added: “This is clearly an evolving health threat that my colleagues and I in the WHO secretariat are following extremely closely.

“It requires our collective attention and co-ordinated action now to stop the further spread of monkeypox virus using public health measures including surveillance, contact-tracing, isolation and care of patients, and ensuring health tools like vaccines and treatments are available to at-risk populations and shared fairly.”

He added: “What makes the current outbreak especially concerning is the rapid, continuing spread into new countries and regions and the risk of further, sustained transmission into vulnerable populations including people that are immunocompromised, pregnant women and children.”


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