CASE OF WEDNESDAY and CMO MESSAGE
TODAY 1,453 Covid cases have been confirmed across Ireland with 300 people hospitalized with the virus including 60 in intensive care.
There have been a total of 5,249 virus-related deaths reported in Ireland.
This includes 40 newly notified deaths in the past week (since last Wednesday).
In a statement tonight, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said; âThroughout the pandemic, we have seen Irish people make extraordinary efforts to reduce the incidence of Covid-19 by following public health advice.
âMore recently the response to the Irish vaccination program has been encouraging, and now just under 91% of the population aged 16 and over is fully protected by vaccination.
âOur collective efforts have protected thousands of people from the worst consequences of Covid-19.
âAs more and more activities that we value are available to us this week, it is important that we continue this national effort to break the chains of transmission of Covid-19.
âVaccination 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.
âContinue to wash your hands regularly, wear a mask if necessary – especially in retail businesses, on public transport and in healthcare facilities; keep your distance, open windows and ventilate interior spaces.
âIf you have symptoms of Covid-19 like cough, fever, fatigue, headache or sore throat, isolate and contact your GP who will advise you if you need to arrange a test. “