The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet later today to consider changes to rules around close contacts.

Coalition leaders are seeking a reduction in the isolation period as businesses across the country struggle with staff shortages.

Yesterday saw a further 17,656 cases of Covid-19 reported here.

There are 928 people in hospital and 94 of these patients are in ICU.

40 additional deaths from Covid-19 have been reported in the past week.

The Chief Medical Officer says it's concerning to see the rising number of people with Covid in hospitals, and says the vaccine booster will protect the majority of people from severe disease.

Dr Tony Holohan says the booster programme is now open to everyone over 16.

 

 

 

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