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Latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: 397 new cases as Dr Tony Holohan notes 'concerning' rise in hospitalisations

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, noted there has been a "small but concerning increase in hospitalisations"

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Dr Tony Holohan.

Dr Tony Holohan.

Dr Tony Holohan.

A further 397 cases of Covid-19 have been reported by the Department of Health today.

There are 16 people in ICU and 54 overall in hospital.

A spokesperson for the department noted: "Daily case numbers may change due to future data review, validation and update."

No data on recent deaths is available.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, noted there has been a "small but concerning increase in hospitalisations, in recent days, coming 10-14 days after the five day moving average of daily case numbers began to increase."

He added: "This is a cause for concern and we will be monitoring it closely in the days and weeks ahead. Full vaccination is needed to protect against Covid-19, including the Delta variant.

"To protect yourselves and your loved ones, it is extremely important to take up the opportunity of being vaccinated and come forward for your second dose as soon as it is offered to you.

"The second vaccination is very effective at preventing both disease and hospitalisation."

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