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Sharp rise in Covid cases among over-85s

Latest surge blamed on nursing home outbreaks as most vulnerable back in the firing line

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Paul Reid gave a warning on unvaccinated staff. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Paul Reid gave a warning on unvaccinated staff. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Paul Reid gave a warning on unvaccinated staff. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

As the Covid-19 vaccine was rolled out to older people last March, the death toll from the virus dropped, the burden on hospitals lightened and anxieties eased.

Now new data suggests the country’s older and most vulnerable population could once again be at risk from the latest surge of the deadly virus. And again, those at-risk residents are in nursing homes.


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