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Killer Covid-19 Cases Today Reach 14,729 On Irish Mainland – Up 279 On Yesterday.

The Department of Health here in the Irish Republic, has confirmed 6,597 additional PCR-confirmed cases of Covid-19, as well as 4,564 positive antigen tests, registered through the HSE portal; thus confirming in all a total of 11,161 new virus cases, within our Republic in the past 24 hours, an increase of 590 new cases on yesterday.

As of 8:00am today, 892 Covid-19 patients were in our Republic’s hospitals, down 4 on yesterday, with 88 of these in intensive care units also down 2 on yesterday’s reported figures.

The National Public Health Emergency Team in the Irish Republic yesterday gave the green light to the ending of most Covid-19 public health restrictions, with the proviso that only mask wearing, Covid passes for international travel and isolation when symptomatic, remain in place.

As I write, the Republic’s Cabinet is considering proposals for bars and restaurants, to possibly allow for a resumption of normal trading hours, beginning from tomorrow. Physical distancing could also end from tomorrow, with a return to the office on a phased basis beginning on Monday. Restrictions on indoor and outdoor events, are also expected to be removed from tomorrow.

An extension of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment for a short period, is also likely beyond February 7th, when it was due to drop back to €207.00

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health have confirmed a further 3,568 coronavirus cases today, down from 3,879 cases reported yesterday.

There are 398 patients with Covid-19 in hospitals in Northern Ireland, down from 402 yesterday, with 24 patients with Covid-19 remaining in their hospital intensive care units.

Sadly, also Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has reported 6 Covid-19-related deaths today, bringing their total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic to 3,062.

Please continue the downward virus hospital trend by getting your booster vaccination dose, as soon as applicable.

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