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Covid-19 Cases On Irish Mainland Reach 6,027 Today.

There have been 4,570 new cases of Covid-19 reported by the Department of Health, over the past 24 hours, here in the Irish Republic.

Of these patients 117 are being treated in intensive care units; same an increase of 11 on yesterdays reported figures.

According to the HSE’s Chief Operations Officer, Ms Anne O’Connor; Ireland’s hospital system has almost reached full capacity and is now under widespread pressure in all parts of the island, due to the ongoing rise in Covid-19 admissions,

An Taoiseach Mr Micheál Martin has stated that Ireland is not looking at implementing a lock-down for those unvaccinated against Covid-19, however he would look with interest at how Austria implements its lock-down for those who have not as yet availed of vaccination.

Meanwhile, pregnant women are being encouraged to get a vaccine to protect against Covid-19, in a new HSE information messaging campaign, which advises that getting vaccinated is the best way to protect mother and baby from the virus.

In Northern Ireland, a further 1,457 cases of coronavirus were reported by their Department of Health today, up from 1,377 on yesterday’s figures.

There remain 412 patients with Covid-19 in northern hospitals, up from 397 cases reported on Friday last. There remain 37 patients with Covid-19 in their hospital intensive care units, up from 34 on Friday.

Sadly, 5 Covid-19 related deaths have also been reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths linked to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, since the start of the pandemic, to 2,797.

In England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that British residents must now come forward for Covid-19 vaccines, when they are eligible, if new or further restrictions are to be avoided this winter season.

In China they are now battling the spread of their biggest Covid-19 outbreak, caused by the Delta variant, in north-eastern Dalian city, latter the financial centre of Northeast China. Chinese authorities are anxious to block any further transmissions under the government’s zero-tolerance guidance.

In Latvia, employers are permitted to dismiss any/all employees who refuse to get vaccinated against the killer virus, under new rules aimed at controlling the pandemic in that EU member state. Unvaccinated employees will be placed on three months of unpaid involuntary vacation and then laid off with one month’s salary as compensation, if they still refuse to get vaccinated. Same rule will apply to elected politicians.

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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