Health officials have reported 1,875 new cases of COVID-19 in the State this evening as the number of patients in hospital with the disease remains steady.
As of 8am today, 326 people with COVID-19 are in hospitals, of whom 59 are in intensive care units – a slight decrease on yesterday’s figures.
Dr Tony Holohan, the chief medical officer, said Ireland’s fourteen-day incidence is currently 531 per 100,000 inhabitants.
This means that as per ECDC categorisation, Ireland is now classified as dark red with incidence higher than 500 per 100,000.
“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,” said Dr Holohan.
The CMO reminded people that over this weekend, the HSE are operating walk-in COVID-19 vaccination centres right 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,” he said.
“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.”