3,161 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening.

There are currently 498 patients with Covid in hospitals across the country, with 78 of these patients in ICU.

The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says vaccination provides our strongest defence again severe illness and hospitalisation, and he's encouraging anyone who has yet to be vaccinated to come forward for the jab.

A third dose vaccination is now being offered to people over 60, and to healthcare workers, and Dr Holohan says we are beginning to see encouraging signs in the decreasing levels of infection among age groups that have received the booster dose.

 

 

 

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