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Killer Covid-19 Cases Reach 4,585 On Irish Mainland

The Department of Health has confirmed 2,950 further Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, in the Republic od Ireland.

There are 536 patients with the virus in our hospital, an increase of 33 on yesterday, with 110 remaining in intensive care units.

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has announced a €9 million fund to provide free antigen tests for college students. This fund will be made accessible to all colleges and will be accompanied by an awareness campaign.

The Department of Education has also revised a controversial instruction issued to schools, which directed that older children should be refused entry to primary schools if they decline to wear a mask without medical reason.

In Northern Ireland, 1,635 further cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the past 24 hours. There are 301 Covid patients in northern hospital, 34 of which remain in intensive care units.
A further 1 Covid-19-related death has also been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths linked to Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic is 2,902.

Meanwhile, the head of the Economic and Social Research Institute’s behavioural research unit, Professor Pete Lunn, has stated that research suggests there are more unvaccinated people going to pubs and restaurants than one might believe.

It is now essential that we continue to listen to science and keep ourselves and our families safe by regularly washing our hands; wearing a mask when appropriate, and cut down on unnecessary social contacts.

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