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Corona concern Coronavirus Ireland: 562 new Covid-19 cases confirmed with 48 in hospital

There are 48 people battling the illness in hospital currently, with 14 of these patients in ICU.

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A nurse preparing the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine (Jacob King/PA)

A nurse preparing the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine (Jacob King/PA)

A nurse preparing the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine (Jacob King/PA)

A further 562 new coronavirus cases were confirmed today, the Department of Health has revealed.

There are 48 people battling the illness in hospital currently, with 14 of these patients in ICU.

A spokesperson for the department said the figures are "may change due to future data review, validation and update."

No data on the latest number of deaths is available.

The latest figures come after 512 new cases were identified on Friday and 448 yesterday.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin yesterday has urged the public to be vigilant and focus on "personal responsibilities" ahead of the next wave of Covid-19 infections.

A spike in cases driven by the Delta variant is projected for August, but Micheal Martin believes this wave will be different from past ones.

Mr Martin said that while people are tired of the pandemic, refocusing on personal behaviour would help to mitigate the impact of the Delta variant, and protect progress already made.

He said: "I think it will be different in its impact to previous waves, as we've seen, every phase of this is different to the previous phase.

"We learn lessons from the previous phases. We have far more of the population vaccinated now.

"So what I would say to people is to be vigilant, to refocus in terms of our personal behaviour. It can be difficult, and people are tired of the pandemic, that I understand.

"But if we all refocus in terms of our own personal responsibilities and personal behaviours, we can go a long way to mitigate the impact of of the Delta variant, whilst we roll out the vaccination programme and try and maintain what we've already achieved so far this year."

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