DUBLIN, Ireland: Irish health officials report that the number of Covid patients being treated in ICU wards has fallen to the lowest since September 2021.
As of February 20, there are 52 patients with Covid-19 in ICUs throughout Ireland.
Also as of February 20, there are 595 people with Covid-19 being treated in the country’s hospitals.
In other developments, parents of children ages five to 11-years-old can now schedule Covid-19 vaccine appointments online.
Earlier, this age group had to register through the Health Service Executive.
"The HSE is now expanding access to clinics for parents and guardians of children, aged 5 11, with our online booking option," said Dr Lucy Jessop, Director of Public Health, National Immunisation Office, as quoted by RTE.
"Next week’s midterm also gives parents another option to bring their children for a Covid-19 vaccine and we are encouraging parents and guardians to bring them along to one of our vaccination centres."
All children in the five to 15-years-old group must have their vaccine appointment booked by a parent, who must also give their consent.
Those children unaccompanied by a parent will not be vaccinated, said officials.