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1,446 get virus with 58 in ICU; Maternity rules relaxed for partners.

Byline: AAKANKSHA SURVE and EMMA NEVIN

A TOTAL of 1,466 more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Ireland, while 311 patients are being treated in hospital.

Figures released by the Department of Health yesterday also showed 58 people are in intensive care with Covid.

Meanwhile, the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin has announced major changes to visiting hours for partners of pregnant women.

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From tomorrow Dublin's biggest maternity hospital will extend visiting hours for people visiting their pregnant partners from 8am to 8pm.

A spokeswoman for the Rotunda said the move was in response to a significant improvement in vaccination rates following a survey of the hospital's patients that found 57% of patients and 74% of partners were fully vaccinated. The spokeswoman added: "All other existing access controls to keep all patients safe continue to apply.

"This brings the Rotunda's visiting arrangements close to pre-pandemic levels and remains vastly more accessible to arrangements that remain at almost all acute general hospitals in the state.

Hospital "The Rotunda's management team will continue to keep these arrangements under regular review, taking all necessary precautions to keep all our patients safe, while making decisions that are evidenced and based on current infection prevention and control guidance."

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Author:AAKANKSHA SURVE and EMMA NEVIN
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Sep 12, 2021
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