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Killer Covid-19 Cases Reach 20,019 On Irish Mainland In Past 24 Hours.

Here in the Irish Republic, within the past 24 hours, the Department of Health have confirmed 17,065 new cases of Covid-19.

As of 8:00am, there were 1,023 patients in hospital suffering with the virus, an increase of 12 on figures reported yesterday. Of those patients 83 remain being treated in the Republic’s Hospital intensive care units, down 9 on yesterday.

Earlier today the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, has stated that the National Public Health Emergency team is hopeful and believes that we are coming close to the peak of the Omicron wave. He confirmed he believed that there were grounds for optimism with things travelling presently in the right direction.

The number of people within our Republic presently on the Live Register and Pandemic Unemployment Payments rose by 5.8% to 229,657 in December; that is according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office. A total of 66,906 people were in receipt of the PUP in the last week of December, an increase of 11,906 in the numbers reported in November.

In Northern Ireland, their Department of Health has confirmed a further 2,954 coronavirus cases today, down from the 2,980 cases reported on yesterday.

Today, there were 402 patients with Covid-19 in hospitals in Northern Ireland, down from 424 yesterday, with 30 patients with Covid-19 in northern hospital intensive care units, up from 2 on Wednesday’s confirmed figures.
Sadly, Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has also reported 4 more Covid-19-related deaths today, with the total number of deaths, since the start of the pandemic, now standing at 3,035.

Once again, we remind our readers:
It was never more important at this time, 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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