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2,864 New Cases Of Covid-19 On Island Of Ireland Confirmed Today.

The Department of Health has confirmed 1,558 new coronavirus cases in the Republic of Ireland in the past 24 hours. The number of people with the virus being treated in our hospitals stands at 262, an increase of 14 since yesterday. There remain 51 patients being treated in intensive care units, up 3 on yesterday’s figures.

Some 6.3 million vaccines have now been administered to-date here in the Irish Republic, however the Chairperson of the GP Committee of the IMO, Dr. Denis McCauley, has stated that over the past two weeks, he has witnessed in his practice the virus finding the people who haven’t yet been vaccinated.

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland had confirmed 1,306 new cases of the virus in the last 24-hour, with, sadly, 3 further deaths of patients who had tested positive for the virus.

In Northern Ireland also today, there were 334 Covid-positive patients reported in hospital, with 47 of these in intensive care units.

The above confirmed figures bring to 2,864 the overall number of new Covid-19 cases present on the whole island of Ireland, reported over the past 24 hours.

People with Covid-19 in ICU’s are predominantly those who are not vaccinated and with known underlying health conditions, including obesity, heart disease and lung disease; according to the head of the intensive care unit at University Hospital Limerick, Dr Catherine Motherway. Dr Motherway is urging those who have yet to receive the vaccination, to make sure that they get it at the first possible occasion.

More than 100 Covid outbreaks are occurring each week, most of which are traced to social gatherings and to workplaces according to the National Lead for Testing and Tracing at the HSE, Ms Niamh O’Beirne has stated. Transmission tends to occur during office breaks, such as coffee and lunch breaks. Transport, as in car sharing, travelling to and from work, is also proving to be a challenge, she confirmed.

Please remember, vaccines are the best and only way to end this pandemic.

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