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Covid-19 Cases Reach 5,182 On Irish Mainland Just Today.

The Department of Health has confirmed 3,805 new Covid-19 cases, here in the Republic of Ireland over the past 24 hours.

There are confirmed 582 people in hospital with the virus, up 26 on yesterdays reported figures and of these 106 are in our various Intensive Care Units across the country.

The HSE Chief Executive Mr Paul Reid has stated that an immediate reduction in high-risk activities was now needed in order to slow the spread of the killer disease.

Posting in social media, he pointed out that it was now the responsibility of everyone to turn this serious problem around. “The virus is now prolific in most communities and nobody wants to be the next hospitalised case”, he emphasised.

As we mark the second anniversary of the first case of Covid-19 here in the Irish Republic; sadly, how we spend Christmas 2021; which as a rule is usually a lot more social, will totally depend on how we socialise; confirmed daily Covid case numbers in conjunction with our hospital pressures and the success of booster vaccinations.

The present Irish Government are expected to seek more detail from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) on where Covid passes might be used, outside of the hospitality sector, with same issue to be discussed by Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, An Taoiseach Mr Micheál Martin and other senior government ministers.

The Professor of Immunology, resident at Trinity College Dublin, Professor Luke O’Neill, has suggested that we may be required to wind backwards, once again, placing restrictions on night clubs and pubs, if numbers continue to reach higher levels.

Abroad:

Austria’s Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg is placing millions of people; latter not fully vaccinated against coronavirus, on full lock-down as of tomorrow, in an effort to deal with a record surge of infections; with the country having one of the lowest vaccination rates in western Europe.

Germany, on Wednesday last, registered its highest rate of infection since the pandemic began, with almost 40,000 cases in just one day, with Germany’s top virologists, Herr Christian Drosten, warning that a further 100,000 people will die from the virus, if nothing is done to halt an aggressive fourth wave of the disease.

In Northern Ireland, their Department of Health has confirmed 1,377 new Covid-19 cases, over the past 24 hours.

Alas, Sadly, 5 Covid-19-related deaths have also been reported, within the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths linked to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, since the start of the pandemic, to 2,792.

Please do continue to keep yourself and your family safe by regularly washing your hands; wearing a mask when appropriate and please do cut down on your direct social contacts.

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