The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet today to review the latest Covid-19 trends including a rise in cases amongst older people.
The expert group said the epidemic is growing very slowly in many counties across Ireland.
While most recent cases have involved young people, an increase has been reported in cases among older and vulnerable age groups.
Last night, as 89 new cases were reported along with one death, acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said the trajectory of the disease is higher than where NPHET wants it to be.
Until yesterday, there had been no deaths linked to the virus for two weeks.
However, no major recommendations are expected from the NPHET meeting.
NPHET’s Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, Professor Philip Nolan, warned that the incidence among older people was rising.
In the early stages of the pandemic, he said, the disease occurred across all age groups but was “particularly severe” for older people.
Throughout August the vast majority of cases have been in young people, but just in the last week or so “we have begun to see a delayed increase among older and vulnerable age groups”.
Prof Nolan added: “Everyone must be cautious in their interactions with these groups.
“Those aged under 45 have a one in 100 chance of being hospitalised with Covid-19, but if you are aged over 75, this rises to one in five.”Tags: