The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 2,148 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 464 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 86 are in ICU.
There has been a total of 5,369 deaths related to COVID-19 notified in Ireland. This includes 63 deaths newly notified in the past week (since last Wednesday).
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health says the disease incidence is high and increasing across the country and across all age groups. However, vaccination has helped us prevent many serious illnesses and deaths.
“COVID-19 is one of the most contagious viruses we have ever experienced. We have achieved extensive suppression of this disease in the past, our collective commitment to the basic measures now need to be reviewed and enhanced.
While vaccination rates are extremely high, they are only one tool we need to use in protecting ourselves against COVID-19. The other is compliance with basic public health measures by the general public and across sectors. This will be critical in the weeks ahead and while infection rates remain high.
The appropriate use of masks, physical distancing, well ventilated rooms, hand and respiratory hygiene, and the act of self-isolation with the onset of symptoms is vital if we are to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19 over the winter months.”
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health says that booster vaccinations are underway for those 80 years or older, and 65 or older and living in a nursing home or long-term care facility and following a review by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC), will also now be administered to those aged over 60.
“It is important that all those eligible for a booster vaccine avail of the opportunity when it is offered. Similarly, those eligible for flu vaccination should now avail of this as we are seeing an increase in circulation of other respiratory viruses.”