LATEST: 1,866 new cases of virus confirmed, highest ICU numbers in six months
A further 1,866 people have contracted the coronavirus, the Department of Health confirmed this evening.
That’s a decrease of 185 on yesterday’s total.
The number of people with the virus in hospital has been recorded at 331, an increase of eight on yesterday’s numbers.
There are 61 patients in intensive care, up five on yesterday and the highest number since the start of April.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, said: “This evening, 61 people with COVID-19 are receiving critical care in hospital. That is the highest number since April 3 this year.
“Critical care is our last line of defence against COVID-19 and I know this figure will concern many of us.
“Vaccination remains our best means of protection against COVID-19. The vaccines available in Ireland are very safe and effective against COVID-19.
“There are still some people who haven’t yet taken up the opportunity of vaccination or, who have delayed receiving a second dose for various reasons. I strongly encourage anyone who is in this position to ensure they get fully vaccinated as soon as possible,” Dr Holohan concluded.