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Latest figures 1,491 new Covid cases recorded as Dr Tony Holohan tells public to 'risk assess their weekend'

As of 8am today, 193 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, of which 28 are in ICU

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Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

The chief medical officer has urged the public to “risk assess” their weekend and not give up on public health guidelines, as Covid cases continued to climb with 1,491 recorded.

As of 8am today, 193 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, of which 28 are in ICU.

This compares with 1,314 new cases yesterday, when there were 187 people in hospital and 30 in intensive care.

Dr Tony Holohan said that vaccination offered a real way out of the pandemic.

“The positive news is that take-up in Ireland is extremely high, which shows people understand the benefits for themselves and for their communities of getting vaccinated,” Dr Holohan said.

"Those with at least a first dose in the over 40s is over 90%, in the over 30s it is 84pc, in the 18 to 29 year age group it is over 73pc, and in the 16-17 year age group, it is over 46pc. These figures continue to increase, and each person who has come forward should be commended.

“It’s understandable that after the period of time that Covid-19 has been with us, that some people become tired of it. But the virus does not become tired. It doesn’t care if we are fed up, it only sees the opportunity to spread from person to person when we let our guard down.”

Dr Holohan added: “Risk assess your plans this weekend. Remember that if you have any cold or flu like symptoms at all, you should err on the side of caution and stay at home - do not meet up with others, and do not go to work. If you are an employer, remind your employees to continue working from home where possible for now, and not to attend work with any Covid-19 symptoms. Vaccines work, but they must also be supported by us all choosing to act as safely as possible.”

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