There have been a further 397 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported today, and the number of people hospitalised has increased.
As of 8am this morning there were 54 people in Ireland hospitalised with COVID-19, of whom 16 are in the ICU.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said “We are seeing a small but concerning increase in hospitalisations in recent days, coming 10-14 days after the five day moving average of daily case numbers began to increase.
“This is a cause for concern and we will be monitoring it closely in the days and weeks ahead. Full vaccination is needed to protect against COVID-19, including the Delta variant.”
“To protect yourselves and your loved ones, it is extremely important to take up the opportunity of being vaccinated and come forward for your second dose as soon as it is offered to you.”
Dr Holohan said that the second vaccination is effective at preventing both contracting COVID-19, and being hospitalised if you do.