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'Collective efforts' CMO says rising hospital numbers a 'concern' as 17,656 new Covid cases confirmed

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has said the rising hospital numbers are a concern and urged people to keep up their efforts in following public health advice.

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Dr Tony Holohan (Julien Behal/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan (Julien Behal/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan (Julien Behal/PA)

There have been a further 17,656 confirmed cases of Covid-19, the Department of Health said.

As of 8am on Wednesday, there were 928 patients in hospital with the disease, up 44 on the previous day, with 94 of those in ICU, up four.

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan has said the rising hospital numbers are a concern and urged people to keep up their efforts in following public health advice.

He said: "It is concerning to see the rising number of people with Covid-19 in hospital.

"This means that our collective efforts to follow the public health advice remain very important.

"I know that many have sacrificed valuable time with friends and family to protect themselves and the wider community.

"These continued efforts are helping to slow the spread of this virus and will protect many from infection in the next few weeks."

He added: "The booster will protect the majority of people from severe disease. The booster programme is now open to everyone aged 16 and over.

"If you are not yet fully vaccinated or are yet to receive a booster dose, please take this opportunity to protect yourself as soon as possible."

Meanwhile, the death toll from the virus in Ireland has risen to 5,952. This includes 40 deaths newly notified in the past week (since last Wednesday).

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