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Latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: 600 new Covid-19 cases amid worrying rise in infections among young people

Dr Holohan urged young people to be cautious as they take part in summer activities and avoid crowds

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Dr Tony Holohan

Dr Tony Holohan

Dr Tony Holohan

Another 600 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed today as chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan warned of a worrying rise in infections among younger people.

There are now 64 people in hospitals, 16 of whom are being treated in intensive care units.

Tomorrow will mark 500 days since the first case of Covid-19 was reported in Ireland, and this week the country is aiming to reach a milestone of having five million vaccine doses administered.

Dr Holohan said there is a particular worry in the increase in cases among the 16 to 29 age group and he urged young people to be cautious as they take part in summer activities and avoid crowds.

“We are currently experiencing a worrying increase in incidence in daily case numbers, particularly in the 16-29 age group. If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you need to maintain a high degree of caution in your activities this summer.

"It is essential for you to avoid crowds, carefully manage your contacts, wear your mask, keep a safe distance from others and take the vaccine when it is offered."

He added: “Tomorrow marks 500 days since the first case of Covid-19 was reported in Ireland. We have come a long way together on this difficult journey and sacrificed much in our collective effort to limit the transmission of this disease.

“As we approach our 5 millionth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, we have great hope for our future.

"Our vaccination programme is working, the levels of protection in the community against the virus are increasing daily and those who are fully vaccinated should feel safe to increase their social contacts and to take advantage of new freedoms, while continuing to make positive public health choices in their daily routine.

“We have come so far, and I know it is hard to continue to adhere to the public health measures, but our continued individual effort is needed to minimise the risk of the Delta variant, a highly transmissible strain that poses a significant threat to the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated."

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