The Cabinet Sub Committee on Covid-19 will meet this evening to consider what action needs to be taken to tackle the escalating Covid cases.
The wider use of vaccine certs, antigen tests and working from home are all up for discussion.
617 people are in hospital with Covid-19 today, which is 23.8% higher than it was last week.
🦠 617 Covid patients in Irish hospitals - highest since February (again).
📈 23.8%% higher than last Monday, and 19.8% higher than two weeks ago.
🩺 106 in ICU (latest figs).
— Ben Finnegan (@_BenFinnegan) November 15, 2021
The latest figures show there are 106 people in ICU.
Professor Sam McConkey from the Royal College of Surgeons says vaccines aren't protecting as much against transmission.
"This vaccine is more of a vaccine against severe disease and death."
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— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) November 14, 2021
He said Covid-19 vaccines don't provide immunity "to stop you catching it or passing it" as well as it does to stop people from getting severely sick.