The Department of Health has reported 1,592 new cases of COVID-19 in the State this afternoon.
As of this morning, there are 318 people in hospital with COVID-19, with 60 of those receiving care in intensive care units.
Dr Tony Holohan says that the median age of those in ICU is 55, meaning 50% of the patients currently in critical care units with COVID-19 are under the age of 55.
“Over the weekend, we reported that the number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in hospital in a single day had reached a level not seen since mid-February this year,” said Dr Holohan.
“Unfortunately, all of this indicates that we are still not at the peak of this wave of COVID-19 and that many people continue to experience severe illness due to COVID-19.
“While our vaccination programme continues to offer great hope, at this point in time, only 53% of 16- to 29-year-olds are fully vaccinated. This age group continues to account for the highest incidence of COVID-19 in our population.
“Anyone who is eligible to receive a vaccine, should do so as soon as possible. It is vital that all of us complete our vaccination schedule – you will be fully protected seven to 14 days after your second dose.”