"We're worried": Concerns about rise of Covid-19 infections in schools
Covid-19 cases are on the rise in Ireland.
Teachers have noticed that Covid-19 cases are on the rise in schools.
They recently found that pupils are missing school due to infection and isolation.
The news comes after the HSE revealed that the majority of children aged between 5 and 11 are unvaccinated.
Teachers have expressed their concerns about the lack of precautions in schools.
One person shared on Twitter, "Shocking amount of teachers and pupils off today with covid.
"From the several teachers I spoke to today (different schools, different counties) 30-50% are at home today.
"One teacher used the phrase “an explosion of cases”."
Shocking amount of teachers and pupils off today with covid.
From the several teachers I spoke to today (different schools, different counties) 30-50% are at home today.
One teacher used the phrase “an explosion of cases”.#covid #ireland #schools
— ☘️ Lord Argyll of Bow ☘️ (@MrGBees) March 14, 2022
It is believed there are only 93,000 5-11-year-olds fully vaccinated.
There are also only 120,000 partially vaccinated, the HSE shared.
Removing Covid measures from schools was met with mixed responses.
Many pupils, especially in secondary schools, were relieved to stop wearing masks.
However, many parents felt it was too soon for masks to be removed.
Covid-19 cases have been rising since measures were stopped in February.
Experts have admitted they're worried about the rise in both cases and hospitalisations too.
There are over 1,000 patients in hospital with Covid-19, officials shared.
Speaking about the stark rise in cases, the HSE's Dr. Colm Henry said, "We're worried."
He said their main concern is about hospital care as well as unvaccinated people.
"We’re not so concerned about the impact on people who are vaccinated," he added.
However, he added that it is "comforting" to see ICU numbers remain low.
"Vaccines provide protection against serious illness."
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