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Killer Covid-19 Cases, Reach 7,056 On Irish Mainland An Increase Of 985 In 24 Hours.

The Department of Health has confirmed a further 5,471 new cases of Covid-19, within the past 24 hours, here in the Republic of Ireland.

The number of people remaining hospitalised with the virus stands at 579, a figure unchanged since yesterday, and of these, the numbers being treated in intensive care has risen by seven to 122 persons.

The Irish Government is asking parents to aim at reducing indoor socialisation of young people aged 12 and under, for the next 14 days, as part of efforts to stem the spread of the disease within local communities.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has confirmed eight further cases of the Omicron variant in England, bringing the total number identified there to at least 13 known cases.

Covid-19 vaccinations in Greece will be made mandatory for people aged 60 years and over, as the country comes to grips with a new surge of the disease. Authorities have stated they will impose a €100 fine on every individual over the age of 60 years, who has not received vaccinations, with the measure applying each month, beginning from January 16th onwards.

The head of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Ms Emer Cooke, has stated that present Covid-19 vaccines will continue to provide protection against current new variants.

A further 1,585 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in Northern Ireland today, up from 1,464 on yesterday.

Today also there remain 341 Covid patients in Northern hospitals; up 1 on yesterday’s reported figures. Of these 29 are being treated in intensive care units (ICUs), up 1 on yesterday.
Sadly, 2 further Covid-19-related deaths have also been reported in Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours.

Continue to listen to science and do keep yourself and your family safe by regularly washing your hands; wearing a mask when appropriate, and cut down on unnecessary social contacts.

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