LATEST: 448 new cases of virus confirmed as Irish death toll passes 5,000
A further 448 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening, a decrease of four on yesterday’s figures.
The Department of Health reported 44 people are being treated for the virus in hospitals, the same as yesterday’s total.
14 people are now being treated in Intensive Care Units, also the same as yesterday’s figure.
However, the department warned the number of cases may change due to future data validation amid the disruption caused by the cyber attack on the HSE’s system.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, said; “We are all concerned about the rapidly changing transmission arising from the Delta variant.
“However, we know that the basic public health measures will work in protecting people. And we know that all the vaccines offer significant protection against transmitting the disease and in how severe it is for those who pick it up,” he concluded.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, today confirmed the death toll nationally as a result of the virus has now passed 5,000.