COVID-19: 1,017 new cases reported

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Galway Daily news 25 percent drop in COVID cases in Galway hospitals

A further 1,017 cases of COVID-19 have been reported by the Department of Health today.

There are now 101 people in Ireland being treated for the disease in hospital.

Of these, 20 patients are seriously ill, and have been admitted to the ICU.

The 14 day incidence rate of the disease is now 231 cases per 100,000 peoppe, its highest since February 24 of this year.

“While we continue to enjoy the good weather, we are unfortunately also continuing to see a rise in incidence of disease across all key indicators,” said Dr Tony Holohan.

“If you are fully vaccinated, you can have confidence in your vaccine and enjoy socialising and meeting with other vaccinated people indoors, so long as you continue to follow the basic public health precautions.”

“If you are waiting to be fully vaccinated, then it is best to continue to socialise outdoors. Events like barbecues, meeting in a park or going to the beach can be enjoyed safely once we do our best to minimise the risks of transmission.”

“Only meet in small groups, wash or sanitise your hands regularly, don’t share utensils and wear a face mask where appropriate. If you are meeting indoors, ensure that the room is well ventilated.”

The Chief Medical Officer urged anyone who experiences cold or flu symptoms to get tested for COVID, regardless of whether they are vaccinated.

As of today, restrictions on international travel have been eased, with Dublin Airport noting significantly increased traffic compared with last week.