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'Unsustainable' 4,407 new Covid-19 cases as Dr Tony Holohan warns 'prioritise who you meet'

"When incidence of disease is as high as this, we must all act as though we are close contacts and as though we are at risk of transmitting the virus to others"

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Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said everyone should continue to make every effort they can to drive down the disease

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said everyone should continue to make every effort they can to drive down the disease

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said everyone should continue to make every effort they can to drive down the disease

There have been a further 4,407 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, the Department of Health said.

As of Tuesday morning, there were 614 patients in hospitals with the disease, with 114 in intensive care.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan made a stark revelation, saying: "In the last 14 days, we have been notified of almost 55,000 cases of #COVID19.

"The only time we have had more cases in a 14-day period was in January this year, and, unfortunately, we do expect this figure to increase in the coming days."

"This case level is unsustainable. When incidence of disease is as high as this, we must all act as though we are close contacts and as though we are at risk of transmitting the virus to others.

"We are more likely to contract #COVID19 from someone we know - a friend, a work colleague, a teammate - than a stranger passing by in a shop or on the bus. Please prioritise who you need to meet."

He added: "Over two million people are now eligible for a booster vaccine, including everyone over 50 and those aged over 16 with underlying medical conditions. It is important that you attend for your booster appointment as soon as it is offered to you."

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