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Killer Covid-19 Cases Reach 28,370 On Irish Mainland Today.

The Department of Health here in the Irish Republic has confirmed 21,926 cases of Covid-19 within the past 24 hours.

The number of people in our hospitals with the virus stands at 936 as of this morning, down 5 on yesterday. Of those in hospital, 84 are being treated in our ICUs, down 6 on reported figures yesterday.

The CEO of the HSE Mr Paul Reid has stated that, as of this morning, it had distributed over one million antigen tests, adding that about 150,000 were delivered in the last 4 days to symptomatic people, aged between 4 and 39 years. He stated that the HSE has a committed supply line that will see it through January into mid February, as it talks to other suppliers regarding obtaining additional supplies.

All in-person visits to Irish prisons have been temporarily suspended for a two-week period; between the dates of January 10th to January 24th. From Monday next, family members will be unable to physically visit prisons, due to the widespread community transmission of Covid-19; with Ireland now experiencing the 7th highest Covid rate in world, according to Our World In Data.

In Northern Ireland, their Department of Health has also confirmed a further 6,444 coronavirus cases; down from the 6,877 cases reported yesterday.

Today, there are 402 patients with Covid-19 in northern hospitals, down from 404 on yesterday; with 31 patients with Covid-19 in intensive care units, 1 more than was reported yesterday.

It was never more important that everyone now continue to support our schools, businesses, immediate family and friends and to keep to the spirit of public health advice.

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