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28 Nov 2021

Stark warnings from health officials as 4,642 Covid-19 cases confirmed

Concern grows as Louth Covid-19 incidence rate rises

Coronavirus Covid-19

As a further 4,642 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ireland, leading health officials have issued stark warnings about the transmission rates of the virus.

The Department of Health today announced another 4,642 new cases in Ireland.

There are 556 patients in Irish hospitals being treated for Covid-19, 107 of whom are intensive care settings.

At Letterkenny University Hospital, there are 16 people receiving Covid-19 treatment.

"As we look ahead to the weekend, we need to continue to make every effort we can to drive down incidence of disease and break the chains of transmission,” Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, said.

"Before you leave the house, think about the number of people you are going to meet, and the risk associated with the activities you have planned.

"Keep your contacts low and avoid crowds; Wear a mask correctly; Meet outside if possible; Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces; Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene."

HSE chief Paul Reid said that Covid-19 was now ‘prolific in most communities and nobody wants to be the next hospitalised case’

He added: "An immediate reduction by all of us of risk activities is needed to turn this around."

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