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Today Covid-19 Cases Reach 2,492 On Irish Mainland.

Our Department of Health has confirmed 1,432 new cases of Covid-19 within the Irish Republic within the last 24 hours.

There are currently 272 people in our hospital, down 14 based on yesterday’s figures, with 63 of these in our intensive care units; same figure unchanged since yesterday.

In the previous 7 days, sadly, a total of 30 deaths have been reported, bringing our overall total number of deaths related to Covid-19, here in the Irish Republic, to 5,209.

Meanwhile, automatic contact tracing of close contacts in childcare facilities and primary education is expected to be discontinued from Monday next, following advice from the Irish Chief Medical Officer.
Children aged 13 years and under; identified as close contacts in childcare; educational settings; special education settings, or other non-household settings and who are asymptomatic will no longer be required to restrict movements, unless indicated by the local public health authority.

Within our schools, there have been 90 outbreaks recorded in the 7 days to last Saturday, (September 18th), resulting in 412 confirmed linked cases of Covid-19 recorded.

In Northern Ireland, their Department of Health has confirmed 1,060 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24-hours.

Before lunchtime today, there were 397 Covid-19 patients in hospital, with 34 of these in intensive care units.
Sadly also, there have been 4 further deaths of patients who had previously tested positive for the virus.

Vaccination continues to offer the best protection against the most severe effects of COVID-19, including hospitalisation and death.

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