1,875 new Covid cases reported as Ireland now classified as "dark red" due to high levels of virus transmission 1 month ago

1,875 new Covid cases reported as Ireland now classified as "dark red" due to high levels of virus transmission

326 patients in Ireland are hospitalised with the virus.

1,875 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Ireland on Friday.

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The figures released from the Department of Health did not contain information regarding deaths related to Covid-19.

As of 8am on Friday, 326 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 59 are in ICU.

In a statement accompanying the figures, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan highlighted that Ireland’s 14-day incidence rate is currently 531 per 100,000.

"This means that as per ECDC categorisation, Ireland is now classified as dark red with incidence higher than 500 per 100,000," Holohan said.

"This demonstrates that there is presently a high level of virus transmitting in Ireland. With so much disease circulating in the community, the reality is that if you are unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated you are at higher risk of contracting Covid-19 and potentially becoming very unwell."

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His comments come as on Friday and over the weekend, the HSE are operating walk-in Covid-19 vaccination centres across the country for anyone aged 12 years and older.

"This increased opportunity for vaccination is a real sign of hope and I strongly encourage anyone who has not yet attended for their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to avail of these vaccination centres this weekend," the CMO added.

"Please make sure to take up your second dose of vaccine as soon as it is offered to you. These vaccines are very safe and effective at protecting against the worst effects of Covid-19.

"As we come into the weekend, it’s important to risk assess your plans, particularly if you are not yet fully vaccinated. Try to meet up in small groups, meet outdoors and avoid crowds if possible.

"If you need to meet indoors with others, please ensure the room is well ventilated. Please also continue to wear a mask where appropriate, wash your hands, manage your contacts, and maintain your social distance.

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"If you are in an environment that feels unsafe then feel empowered to leave. Remember that if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms at all, self-isolate - do not meet up with others or attend any events - and arrange a PCR test through the HSE as soon as possible."

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