The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says that the Covid-19 pandemic and the necessary public health measures implemented have disproportionately impacted older people.

In an update yesterday, Dr Holohan indicated his mindfulness of concerns older people would have on how to socialise safely as restrictions ease further, especially over the winter period.

The CMO’s comments came after a further 1,224 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed yesterday.

There are currently 278 people being treated in hospital for the virus, which is up 17 on the previous day.

Of those, 63 are in intensive care, which is down three in 24 hours.

Despite the disproportionate impact, he did say older age cohorts had been vaccinated to a "very high level".

The Department of Health's most recent research shows that 96% of respondents aged 55 years and older state they are fully protected through vaccination.

The CMO added that while it may be still possible for vaccinated people to pick up this disease, they are good at limiting the likelihood of severe infection like hospital or ICU admission.

Dr Holohan also strongly urged anyone who has not yet received a Covid-19 vaccine to do so as soon as possible in order to protect themselves and others.