Coronavirus: 1,453 new cases confirmed
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,453* confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 300 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 60 are in ICU.
There has been a total of 5,249 deaths related to COVID-19 notified in Ireland. This includes 40 deaths newly notified in the past week (since last Wednesday).
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Throughout the pandemic, we have seen Irish people make extraordinary efforts to drive down incidence of COVID-19 by following the public health advice.
“More recently, the response to Ireland’s vaccination programme has been heartening, and now just under 91% of the population aged 16 years and older are fully protected through vaccination. Our collective efforts have protected thousands of people from experiencing the worst outcomes from COVID-19.
“As more of the activities we enjoy become available to us this week, it is important that we continue this national effort to break the chains of transmission of COVID-19. Vaccination remains our best means of protection and, if vaccination is available to you, then I strongly encourage you to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.
“Continue to regularly wash hands, wear a mask when appropriate – particularly in retail settings, on public transport and in healthcare settings; keep your distance, open windows and ventilate indoor spaces.
“If you display symptoms of COVID-19 like cough, fever, fatigue, headache, or sore throat – isolate and contact your GP who will advise if you need to arrange a test.”