May 23, 2024

LATEST: Holohan issues Bank Holiday warning as Covid cases rise again

A further 2,466 more people have contracted Covid-19, the Department of Health confirmed this evening.

And the number of people in hospital who have tested positive for the disease now stands at 457, nine more than yesterday. Of these, 90 are receiving treatment in intensive care, an increase of two overnight.

Commenting on the latest figures, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “The bank holiday weekend will bring increased levels of socialising across the country.

“With the current trajectory of the disease in Ireland it is important that every individual knows and acts on the basic measures to limit the spread of Covid-19.

“Keep social distance, wear a face mask appropriately, wash your hands regularly and manage your contacts. If you are meeting indoors with others, ensure the room is well ventilated, avoid crowded situations and if it feels like an unsafe environment, leave.

“Be mindful of the symptoms of the disease such as fever, cough, or flu like symptoms. If you do experience any symptoms, self-isolate immediately and seek a PCR test as soon as possible.”

Dr Holohan added: “Today and over this weekend, the HSE is continuing to operate walk-in Covid-19 vaccination centres right across the country for anyone aged 12 years and older.

“I strongly encourage anyone who has not yet attended for their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, or second dose if it is due and you have yet to receive an appointment, to avail of these vaccination centres this weekend.”


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