LATEST: ‘We can change the tranjectory of this disease’ – Holohan appeal as over 4,000 new cases of virus confirmed
A further 4,181 peeople have contracted Covid-19, the Department of Health confirmed this evening.
There are now 668 patients in hospital with the virus, up 28 on the same time yesterday.
Of these, 125 people are being treated in ICU, an increase of four.
The latest cases comes as the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan warned the current level of Covid-19 is placing an enormous burden on the entire health system.
Dr Holohan added the virus is having a negative impact on the health of people, with non-Covid care continuing to be severely impacted.
In a statement, Dr Holoan said small but vital individual and collective actions can turn the current situation around.
“We can change the trajectory of this disease. Small changes, by all of us, will make a big difference collectively,” he said.
“We are all, understandably, very tired of this pandemic. Time and again we have asked the Irish people to take on board public health messaging and act for the collective good. And time and again the vast majority have listened to that message and responded.”