COVID-19: 1,173 cases reported today

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

There has been another sharp spike in the number of daily cases of COVID-19, with 1,173 cases reported by the Department of Health today.

There are 79 people being treated for the disease in hospital, of whom 23 are in the ICU.

Chief Medical Office Dr Tony Holohan said that 22 of 26 counties have reported an increase in their number of cases.

He said that the current trajectory of the Delta variant puts unvaccinated people at high risk of contracting the disease.

More than half of the cases reported today are among people aged from 19-34 years old.

“We need those who are waiting for full vaccination to take every precaution this weekend and to adhere strongly to the public health advice as they await their vaccine.”

“This includes limiting your social contacts, meeting outdoors, staying 2m apart, wearing masks and avoiding international travel.”

“If you are experiencing symptoms of cold and flu: headache, sore throat, runny nose, please let your close contacts know, stay at home and get tested as soon as possible for COVID-19.”

As of today, 25-29 year old people can register to receive their vaccination, and Dr Holohan said that he would strongly encourage people to do so.

The web portal to register to receive your vaccine can be found at https://vaccine.hse.ie/