The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has this afternoon been notified of 3,174 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 nationally. 

As of 8am today, 460 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 86 are in ICU. 

There has been a total of 5,492 deaths related to the virus notified in Ireland. This includes 56 deaths newly notified in the past week (since last Wednesday). 

 Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health says that over the past week, incidence of the virus is increasing rapidly in those aged 19-24 years and across all adult age groups up to 75 years.

“This high incidence is likely associated with mid-term socialising and greater levels of social activity across communities.  If you socialise, be mindful of your contacts in the days after, especially consider anyone you may meet who may be immunocompromised or vulnerable to COVID-19.  

If you experience symptoms isolate immediately and arrange a PCR test. Do not go to school, college or socialise until you receive a negative result. 

Professor Martin Cormican, Clinical Lead on Infection Prevention, HSE; “Life is gradually getting back to normal, with most people out and about again. This helps common viruses to spread and there are a lot of different viruses about. There are things you can do to protect you and your family from catching COVID and other viruses.   

The key things are to get all the recommended vaccines for you, avoid crowded indoor places when you can, keep your social circle small, wear a mask and clean your hands where recommended, keep some distance from other people when you can and ask people not to visit your home if they have a virus.  If someone in the family catches a virus they can help to protect others in the house if they can keep to themselves, clean their hands and use a mask and have some ventilation as much as practical if they are in a room with others.  

Please remember that whatever type of virus you have COVID-19, flu or something else you need to keep away from work, school, clubs any kind of social or religious gathering until 2 days after your symptoms have gone. This is to keep you from spreading the virus to other people.”