The Department of Health has reported 1,110 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon.
As of 8am today, 89 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, of whom 21 are in ICU. There were 101 patients with the virus in hospital yesterday morning.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said that almost 7,700 cases of COVID-19 have been notified in the last seven days, an increase of 88% on the previous week.
“Incidence rates have increased in every county over the past seven days,” he said.
“The counties with the highest 14-day incidence rates are Donegal (725/100,000 population), Louth (474/100,000 population), Dublin (307/100,000 population), Limerick (258/100,000) and Galway (257/100,000).”
The Deputy CMO said that during this spell of fine weather, the vast majority of people are continuing to protect themselves and others by following the public health advice.
“This remains really important as we seek to protect as many people as possible through vaccination over the coming weeks,” he said.
“As we have said since the vaccine programme began, COVID-19 vaccines are extraordinarily effective at reducing each person’s individual risk of hospitalisation or severe disease.
“Vaccines along with the core public health advice remain our pathway out of this pandemic – please avail of the opportunity to get protected through vaccination when it is offered to you.”