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Covid-19 Cases Reach 4,505 On Island Of Ireland Today.

Enough people are NOT adhering to very basic transmission-prevention practices, hence the rise in Covid cases.

The Department of Health has confirmed 3,024 new Covid cases, over the past 24 hours, here in the Irish Republic.

There are 458 Covid patients in our hospitals and of these 90 are in our ICUs.

Health Service Executive CEO Mr Paul Reid has stated that 3,500 staff are out of work, because of Covid-19 and on average 1,800 unvaccinated people each day are now coming forward to register for immunisation.

An Taoiseach Mr Micheál Martin has appealed for people to adhere to public health guidelines.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has said additional or wider public health measures are not being contemplated within our Republic at the moment and a Covid-19 circuit breaker is not currently under discussion. However he did warn that if people socialise, they should be mindful of their contacts in the days immediately after, especially with regard to people they may meet, who may be immunocompromised or vulnerable to Covid-19.

Amárach research data has shown that 1 in 4 people who attended hospitality venues last weekend, were not asked for their Covid Cert, which should make for interesting legal cases into the future.

A further 1,481 cases of coronavirus have been reported, in Northern Ireland, over the past 24 hours, up from 995 cases recorded yesterday. Same represents a total of 279,810 cases of coronavirus having been confirmed there since the pandemic began.

Today were 378 patients with Covid-19 in northern hospitals, with 41 Covid patients in intensive care units, up from 39 on yesterday.

Sadly, 12 more Covid-19-related deaths have also been reported in Northern Ireland today, with the total number of deaths linked to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland since the start of the pandemic standing at 2,737.

The first anti-viral pill for the treatment of Covid-19 has been approved for use in the UK.

The poll, Molnupiravir, is for people who have had a positive Covid test and have at least one risk factor for developing severe illness, such as obesity; being over the age of 60; diabetes or heart disease.

Please do continue to keep yourself and your family safe by
regularly washing your hands and wearing a mask when appropriate.

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