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Coronavirus Ireland 1,126 new cases confirmed as Paul Reid urges public to 'embrace' return of indoor dining safely

As hospitality, society and the economy opens up further, let’s all embrace it safety and make it work,” Mr Reid said.

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HSE chief Paul Reid. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

HSE chief Paul Reid. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

HSE chief Paul Reid. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A further 1,126 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Ireland.

The Department of Health confirmed today that there are currently 123 people in hospital, up 18 from yesterday, and 22 people in ICU.

More than 5.5m vaccines have now been administered, with 83pc of adults now partially vaccinated and over 68pc fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

It comes as HSE chief Paul Reid has urged the public to “embrace” the return of indoor hospitality safely ahead of the sector’s reopening tomorrow.

“As hospitality, society and the economy opens up further, let’s all embrace it safety and make it work,” Mr Reid said.

Indoor hospitality will reopen tomorrow for those who are fully vaccinated or who have recently recovered from Covid-19, and their children.

Draft guidelines for the reopening of bars and restaurants indoors were published late on Friday, leaving publicans and restaurateurs with only two days to implement the comprehensive plans, which includes requirements for businesses to take contact details of every customer and staff who enter their premises.

Personal details will have to be produced alongside a copy of a Covid certificate to show they are either fully vaccinated or have had the virus.

Yesterday, Mr Reid said that vaccinations are critical for turning the tide on the Delta variant. He urged anyone over the age of 18 to register for their jab.

“Just a reminder to anyone at any age over 18 that you can still register. If you are fully vaccinated you have high levels of protection against being hospitalised or ICU. Let's turn the tide on #DeltaVariant,” he said.

A total of 1,345 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed on Saturday.

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