Fresh warning on Covid cases as daily figure reaches highest levels since January

Fresh warning on Covid cases as daily figure reaches highest levels since January

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health

The Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, Dr. Tony Holohan, has issued another warning about the continuing high Covid-19 rates in Ireland

In his latest update, he said: “For the second time in a week, we are reporting over 2,000 (daily) cases. We haven’t seen this number of cases since late January 2021. This is a concerning indication of the level of COVID-19 circulating in our communities."

He was referring to the 2,098 new cases that were confirmed yesterday. Of these, 251 Covid-10 patients were hospitalised, with 52 in intensive care units.

He continued: "Covid-19 vaccines are very effective against severe illness from Covid-19 and are protecting people from needing care in hospital and ICU. While it is possible for fully vaccinated individuals to become infected with COVID-19 and pass the virus on to others, vaccines also remain effective in significantly reducing this risk. That is why it is vital for as many people as possible to come forward for vaccination against this disease.

"We must all remain vigilant to the risk of contracting COVID-19. To protect everyone and to safeguard the progress we have made, please follow the public health advice to limit transmission of Covid-19.

"If you display symptoms of Covid-19 like cough, fever, headache, sore throat and blocked or runny nose - isolate and get a test immediately. Continue to socialise safely by risk assessing, meeting outdoors where possible. Only meet up with small numbers of people and avoid crowds. Remember, it is OK to leave if you do not feel safe."

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