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Killer Covid-19 Cases, Reach 22,710 On Irish Mainland Within Previous 24 Hours.

Here in the Irish Republic, within the previous 24 hours there have been 19,290 new cases of Covid-19 reported by our Department of Health.

As of 8:00am, there were 1,062 people in hospital with the virus, down 1 on yesterday, and of these, 92 patients are in intensive care units across the country, an increase of 3 on yesterday’s reported cases.

Up to 500,000 Irish people were likely to have been infected by Covid-19 last week, the chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan, is understood to have told Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly; as the 14-day incidence rate, last week, hit its highest level ever reaching 4,450 cases per 100,000 people.

The total number of deaths related to Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland since the start of the pandemic now stands at 5,952.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has confirmed 3,420 coronavirus cases today, up from the 2,706 cases reported yesterday.

Today, there are 440 patients with Covid-19 in hospitals in Northern Ireland, up from 387 reported yesterday. Of these 31 patients with Covid-19 are in hospital intensive care units, the same figure as reported yesterday.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has further reported 1 more Covid-19-related death today, sadly bringing their total number of deaths, since the start of the pandemic, to 3,015.

More than half of Europe’s population is expected to contract the Omicron Covid-19 variant within the next six to eight weeks, Regional Director of the World Health Organization Hans Kluge has stated, with over seven million new virus cases reported in the first week of 2022.

The United States have reported 1.35 million new Omicron variant infections yesterday, the highest daily total for any country in the world.

China has reported more cases of the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant also today.

His Holiness Pope Francis has condemned what he has called baseless ideological misinformation about Covid vaccines, thus fully backing national immunisation campaigns around the world, and stating that health care is a moral obligation for all.
“Sadly, we are finding increasingly that we live in a world of strong ideological divides. Frequently people let themselves be influenced by the ideology of the moment, often bolstered by baseless information or poorly documented facts,” he stated.

Again we remind our readers:
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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