March 28, 2023

LATEST: Highest incidence rate in six months as 1,017 new cases of virus confirmed

A further 1,017 people have contracted the coronavirus, the Department of Health confirmed this evening.

This is a drop of 162 on the case numbers yesterday.

There are 101 people in hospital with Covid-19, ten more than yesterday’s figures.

20 people are in ICU with Covid-19, two less than yesterday’s total.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan said: “While we continue to enjoy the good weather, we are unfortunately also continuing to see a rise in incidence of disease across all key indicators.

“Our 14-day incidence is now the highest it’s been since 24 February at 231/100,000. Our five-day average is 1,159 cases per day, the highest it’s been since 2 February.

“If you are fully vaccinated, you can have confidence in your vaccine and enjoy socialising and meeting with other vaccinated people indoors, so long as you continue to follow the basic public health precautions.

“If you are waiting to be fully vaccinated, then it is best to continue to socialise outdoors. Events like barbecues, meeting in a park or going to the beach can be enjoyed safely once we do our best to minimise the risks of transmission,” Dr Holohan concluded.

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