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Killer Covid-19 Cases Reach 9,536 On Irish Mainland In Last 24 Hours.

The Department of Health has confirmed 6,307 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours here in the Irish Republic.

There are 429 people in hospital who have tested positive for the virus; down 14 since yesterday and of these, 100 are in ICUs across the country, a reduction of 2, also based on yesterday’s figures.

There has been a total of 5,890 coronavirus-related deaths notified in the Irish Republic since the pandemic began and this latter number includes 55 deaths newly notified within the past 7 days.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has said Ireland is facing a very significant surge of Covid-19 infection, with a rapid rise in the infection rate among those aged from 16 to 34.
He said that one in six young people have yet to come forward for any vaccine and he urged them to do so.

Dr Holohan is asking people to limit social contact as much as possible in the coming week.
Primary school children now represent 14.3% of all recorded cases, compared to 19.5% of cases a week earlier.

Figures provided by the HSE show that vaccines started this week in paediatric hospitals. The portal will open, on December 28th for high-risk children, with remaining high-risk children being vaccinated from the week of January 3rd, in vaccination centres with dedicated clinics.

Vaccinations for all other 5 to 11 years old young people will commence on January 10th, 2022.

A total of 7,470,266 vaccines for Covid-19 (excluding boosters) has been administered in the Republic of Ireland as of Monday last, while a total of 1,635,920 booster jabs had been administered as of the same date.

Another 3,231 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Northern Ireland today, up from 2,096 cases on yesterday. This represents the highest number of daily cases reported in Northern Ireland since the start of the pandemic.

Today, there were 261 patients with Covid-19 in northern hospitals, down from 268 on yesterday. There are 34 patients with Covid-19 in northern hospital intensive care units, the same number as reported yesterday.

Sadly, 3 more Covid-19-related deaths have also been reported in Northern Ireland today.

Please continue to take all measures necessary to ensure a safe and happy Christmas in Co. Tipperary.

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