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. “