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'Critical care' Coronavirus Ireland: 1,592 new cases as half of all ICU Covid-19 patients aged under 55

"Over the course of the last seven days, 32 people with Covid-19 were admitted to critical care facilities and today, there are a total of 60 people with Covid-19 receiving critical care."

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Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health (Brian Lawless/PA)

There have been 1,592 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed by the National Public Health Emergency team this evening.

As of 8am today, 318 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, 60 of whom are in ICU.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health said 32 people with Covid-19 have been admitted to ICU in the last seven days.

"Over the course of the last seven days, 32 people with Covid-19 were admitted to critical care facilities and today, there are a total of 60 people with Covid-19 receiving critical care. The median age of those in ICU is 55 - this means that 50pc of the patients currently in ICU with Covid-19 are aged less than 55 years.

"Over the weekend, we reported that the number of newly confirmed Covid-19 cases in hospital in a single day had reached a level not seen since mid-February this year.

"Unfortunately, all of this indicates that we are still not at the peak of this wave of Covid-19 and that many people continue to experience severe illness due to Covid-19. While our vaccination programme continues to offer great hope, at this point in time, only 53pc of 16- to 29-year-olds are fully vaccinated. This age group continues to account for the highest incidence of Covid-19 in our population.

“Anyone who is eligible to receive a vaccine, should do so as soon as possible. It is vital that all of us complete our vaccination schedule – you will be fully protected 7-14 days after your second dose.

"Consider each activity you take part in for its level of risk. Continue to regularly wash hands, wear a mask when appropriate, keep your distance and avoid crowds.

"Manage your social contacts and choose outdoors where possible for meeting others. If you have symptoms of Covid-19, however mild, self-isolate immediately and arrange a test through the HSE or your GP."

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