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Killer Covid-19 Cases In Irish Republic Reach 23,281 Today.

With no Covid-19 figures having been publicly announced for Northern Ireland today; the Department of Health within the Irish Republic has confirmed 23,281 further cases of Covid-19 over the past 24 hours. Latter figure is the highest daily figure reported since the pandemic began. The Republic’s Department of Health has warned that the true number of cases, however, is most likely to be much higher.

The unwelcome news is that the number of cases could reach 50,000 a day, but nobody knows for sure, because of the rapidity of the current surge.

Presently, there are 656 people being treated in hospital with Covid-19, down 26 on the same time yesterday, with 85 people in intensive care units with the virus, down 1 on yesterday’s reported figures.

On a more positive note; Trinity College Immunologist Professor Luke O’Neill has stated that 2022 will be the year Ireland ‘win the fight’ against COVID-19, with the first signs of the tides turning by next Spring. He has further stated that the virus should be almost gone by St Patrick’s Day, March 17th, and he hopes that life will once again return to normal within the next 12 months, as new anti-viral drugs are developed to assist in managing the virus.

While the HSE has advised people to check its website regularly, as PCR slots may become available throughout the day; healthcare workers, people with an underlying medical condition, those aged over 40 and children aged three and under, are still being advised to seek a PCR test as soon as they show possible symptoms of Covid-19 virus.

The Health Service Executive is now accepting bookings for booster vaccinations from anyone aged 16 years and over; with those who have completed their primary course of Covid-19 vaccines, eligible for a booster, starting from tomorrow.

Note: From January 8th next, children aged 5 to 11 will be offered a vaccine.

Continue to cancel plans to celebrate until later, rather than celebrate now and grieve later.

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