Cops disperse crowds of anti-vaccine protesters outside CMO Tony Holohan’s family home with anti-jab signs in Dublin

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; “Throughout the pandemic, we have seen Irish people make extraordinary efforts to reduce the incidence of Covid-19 by following public health advice.

“More 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.

“Our collective efforts have protected thousands of people from the worst consequences of Covid-19.

“As 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.

“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 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.

“If 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. “

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