LATEST: Almost 1,000 new cases of virus as hospitalisations rise
A further 994 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening, an increase of 211 on yesterday’s figures.
The Department of Health reported 80 people are now being treated for the virus in hospitals, seven more than yesterday’s total.
Some 20 people are now being treated in Intensive Care Units, two less than 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:”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.
“This is of course good news and a great cause for hope, however, 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. 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.