Declaration of the national public health emergency team
The Health Protection Surveillance Center was notified today of 17,656 * confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8 a.m. today, 928 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, including 94 in intensive care.
There have been a total of 5,952 COVID-19-related deaths reported in Ireland. This includes 40 newly notified deaths in the past week (since last Wednesday).
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health, said: “It is concerning to see the increasing number of people with COVID-19 in hospital. This means that our collective efforts to follow public health advice remain very important. I know that many have sacrificed precious time with their friends and family to protect themselves and the community at large. These continued efforts are helping to slow the spread of this virus and will protect many people from infection over the coming weeks.
“The COVID-19 vaccine booster will protect the majority of people from serious illness. The recall program is now open to everyone from the age of 16. If you are not yet fully immunized or have not yet received a booster dose, please take this opportunity to protect yourself as soon as possible.
“The best way for all of us to stay safe and to continue to protect our loved ones over the next few weeks is to isolate ourselves immediately in the event of symptoms, to keep your social contacts as low as possible, to avoid high activity. risk and poorly ventilated environments and continue to monitor all public health measures that we know can stop the spread of COVID-19. “