The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 5,483 confirmed cases of Covid-19. As of 8am today, 549 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 96 are in ICU.
'Today we are reporting one of our highest ever daily figures of confirmed cases of Covid-19,' said Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer with the department of health.
'This is another indication of the very significant increase in the incidence of disease in almost all age-groups across the population.
'As we look ahead to the weekend, we need to continue to make every effort we can to drive down incidence of disease and break the chains of transmission,' he added. 'Before you leave the house, think about the number of people you are going to meet, and the risk associated with the activities you have planned. The following simple measures can reduce this risk:
- Keep your contacts low and avoid crowds
- Wear a mask correctly
- Meet outside if possible
- Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces
- Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene
'Vaccines remain extraordinarily effective against severe disease, and the vast majority of people with Covid-19 are experiencing mild symptoms. However, the outcome for any one individual who is diagnosed with Covid-19 is uncertain and it remains vital that we all continue to adhere to the public health advice in order to protect ourselves and our families.
'There are currently 549 people in hospital, 96 people are receiving critical care and this disease continues to have a very significant impact on families, communities and across the health service.
'If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, you should assume that you have this virus, self-isolate immediately and arrange a test. Do not assume that it’s just a cough or a cold.'