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'Remain vigilant' Coronavirus Ireland: 2,051 new Covid-19 cases as Delta variant 'circulating widely'

As of 8am today, 323 patients are hospitalised with Covid, 56 of whom are in ICU.

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Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

A further 2,051* new cases of Covid-19 were announced this evening.

As of 8am today, 323 patients are hospitalised with Covid, 56 of whom are in ICU.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said: "There has been a total of 5,092 deaths related to Covid-19 notified in Ireland.

"*Daily case numbers may change due to future data validation."

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: "While we have increasing levels of vaccination across the population, we continue to have significant concerns over the Delta variant and the increase in incidence of disease across a range of factors. Unfortunately, this variant is still circulating widely.

"It is very important that we remain vigilant and continue to follow the public health measures that we are all so familiar with. This is especially important for anyone who is soon to return to school and college.

"Continue to wear a mask, wash your hands properly and often, maintain a social distance, manage you contacts and avoid crowds."

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