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'Important action' 4,650 new Covid-19 cases as Dr Holohan warns those with symptoms to self-isolate

"Approximately one in six people in Ireland experienced Covid-like symptoms such as cough, sore throat, high temperature or other flu like symptoms in the last week"

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Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer (Brian Lawless/PA)

A further 4,650 new Covid-19 cases have been announced by the Department of Health this evening.

As of 8am today, 643 patients are hospitalised, of whom 118 are in ICU.

A department spokesperson said: "Daily case numbers may change due to future data validation."

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer reiterated the need to self-isolate and get tested if you experience symptoms.

He said: "Approximately one in six people in Ireland experienced Covid-like symptoms such as cough, sore throat, high temperature or other flu like symptoms in the last week.

"The single most important action you can take if you experience any symptoms of #COVID19 is to 1) self-isolate and 2) arrange a PCR test – not an antigen test.

"If you want to avoid passing #COVID19 or other respiratory illnesses on to your friends, family or work colleagues, rapidly self-isolating as soon as your symptoms begin is the most important thing you can do."

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