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2,077 Confirmed Today With Covid Virus On Island Of Ireland

By today, more than 1.3 million emails and letters containing the EU Digital Covid Certificate have now been issued to people who have been fully vaccinated; as the Dáil passed Government legislation on the reopening of indoor hospitality. This now passed legislation is accepted by the majority of Irish citizens as being both a sensible and a balanced approach by our government.

An Tánaiste Mr Leo Varadkar has stated that the Government is targeting Monday July 26th as the date for the reopening of indoor hospitality, when those fully vaccinated persons will be able to go indoors to pubs and restaurants. Mr Varadkar also warned that presently there were “reasons for real concerns and caution” as Delta variant contamination begins to surge.

The Irish Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has advised parents that it would be safer not to bring children into indoor dining settings, warning that this scenario he regards as “responsible public health advice”, in the case of those not yet vaccinated.

Speaking at a National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) briefing, Dr. Holohan stated that for those who wish to venture out with their children, “dining outdoors is still possible”.

Primarily, with 5% of Covid cases now involving fully vaccinated people, it is and will remain all about trusting people, while carefully checking the odds, before deciding to do what is right.

Today the Department of Health has reported 994 new cases of Covid-19 here in our republic. There are 80 patients hospitalised with the disease; of which 22 patients are in ICU, (two more than yesterday). Our death toll remains at 5,018.

Some 70% of the adult population have had at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine while just 60% of adult persons are now fully vaccinated.

Over 20,000 Covid tests are being conducted each day, with more travel cases identified, with persons coming from holiday destinations including Spain, Portugal and the UK.

Alas, another 1,083 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland as of this Thursday afternoon, compared to 636 cases in the previous 24-hour period.

This brings the total number of cases on our emerald isle to 2,077 confirmed cases.

Please do continue to wear your face coverings and to socially distance. The latter has proven to have significantly limited the spread of COVID-19 in the past. Stay Safe.

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