A new group is set to replace NPHET and is expected to include Luke O'Neill and Mary Horgan 7 months ago

A new group is set to replace NPHET and is expected to include Luke O'Neill and Mary Horgan

A number of leading public health experts are also reportedly to be named as members.

Trinity professor Luke O'Neill and President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Mary Horgan are expected to be named as members of the Government's new Covid-19 advisory group, according to reports.

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This follows the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) being disbanded in February and Tony Holohan's announcement last month that he will be stepping down as Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

Now, multiple reports state that Horgan and O'Neill are set to be named as part of the group replacing NPHET, along with University College Cork's Anne Moore and John Wenger and University College Dublin professor Paddy Mallon.

It is also said that Deputy CMO Ronan Glynn, modelling expert for NPHET Philip Nolan and HSE Chief Clinical Officer Colm Henry are expected to be announced as members.

It is believed the advisory group will be smaller than NPHET and will have less influence following the passing of the emergency phase of the Covid pandemic.

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Meanwhile, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre on Friday was notified of 2,845 PCR-confirmed cases of the virus.

In addition, on Thursday, 3,038 people registered a positive Covid antigen test through the HSE portal.

As of 8am on Friday, 1,182 Covid patients are hospitalised, of which 58 are in intensive care.

Main images via Leah Farrell and Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie

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