There have been a further 2,966 confirmed cases of COVID-19 notified by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.
As of this morning there 470 people hospitalised with COVID-19 in the country.
Of these patients, 92 have been admitted to the intensive care unit for treatment.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer said yesterday that the highest incidence of cases reported was in children aged 5 – 12 years old.
“While the COVID-19 vaccines give high protection against severe illness, hospitalisation and death, the way to break transmission is by following all aspects of the public health advice.”
He urged people to exercise precautions while enjoying the Halloween festivities this weekened.
“If you are having visitors over, provide hand sanitizer, open windows and try to ensure people can spread out and keep their distance from one another – avoid crowded parties.”
“For trick-or-treaters, give out treats outdoors if possible. Wash or sanitize hands frequently, and before eating or handling treats,” Tony Holohan said.
“Neither children nor adults should go trick-or-treating or meet up with others if they have any symptoms of COVID-19, even if symptoms are minor – instead, please isolate and get a test.”
The COVID-19 data hub provides information on the key indicators of the disease in the community, including the rollout of the vaccine campaign.