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Latest figures 1,508 new cases and 206 in hospital as Covid-19 circulating to a ‘significant degree’ in Ireland 

"Covid-19 is circulating to a significant degree in the community, but the public’s ongoing adherence to public health advice, the high levels of vaccine uptake, and the ongoing community engagement with testing centres around the country is encouraging."

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Dr Tony Holohan told ministers to plan for both Covid-19 and flu this winter (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan told ministers to plan for both Covid-19 and flu this winter (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan told ministers to plan for both Covid-19 and flu this winter (Brian Lawless/PA)

ANOTHER 1,508 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been reported by the Department of Health today.

There are now 206 people with Covid-19 in hospitals, 33 of whom are in Intensive Care Units.

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan has said Covid-19 is circulating to a “significant degree” in communities, and is urging people who test positive for Covid-19 to isolate and those with symptoms to come forward for testing.

Dr Holohan said: “Covid-19 is circulating to a significant degree in the community, but the public’s ongoing adherence to public health advice, the high levels of vaccine uptake, and the ongoing community engagement with testing centres around the country is encouraging.

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Stock image of a nurse preparing the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine (PA)

Stock image of a nurse preparing the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine (PA)

Stock image of a nurse preparing the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine (PA)

“We continue to see good levels of cooperation with contact tracing and we must maintain this in order to break chains of transmission and keep our families and communities safe.

“Until you receive a result and if you receive a positive result from a PCR test, it is essential that you isolate and cooperate with contact tracing teams so that your close contacts can be informed.

"If you are a close contact of a person who has tested positive for Covid-19, please come forward for a PCR test immediately if you have any symptoms or are not yet fully vaccinated to help stop the spread of this disease.

“If you are experiencing fever, cough, cold/flu symptoms, or loss of sense of smell or taste, please isolate straight away and seek a PCR test as soon as possible, either by contacting your GP or by booking a test online for one of the HSE’s Covid-19 test centres. This is also important for those who are fully vaccinated as you can still transmit Covid-19.”

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