COVID-19: Almost 1,000 new cases reported today

Galway Daily news Galway hospitals see COVID cases double in recent weeks

The Department of Health has reported 994 new cases of COVID-19 today as the number of people in hospital with the disease rose slightly since yesterday.

There are now 80 COVID-19 patients hospitalised across the country, of whom 22 are in ICU.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said this afternoon that more than 70% of the adult population have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and almost 60% of adults are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

He said that this is of course “good news and a great cause for hope” but there is still a “significant cohort of the population who are not yet fully vaccinated, or as is the case with children, for whom vaccination is still a little way off and subject to future guidance.”

“People who are unvaccinated, including children, should continue to avoid high-risk, uncontrolled indoor settings,” said the Chief Medical Officer.

“That includes indoor hospitality. I know this is a difficult message for people, particularly parents of unvaccinated children to hear, but if we stick with the public health measures, we can limit transmission of this disease and protect others.”

Dr Holohan added that the public health guidance is constantly under review.

“That includes all elements of the further reopening of society and looking forward to September and a return to education for students,” he said.

“In the meantime, avoid crowds, wear a mask, manage your contacts, keep your distance, meet outdoors where possible, and, if indoors, ensure that the room is well ventilated.”