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Virus surge Further 3,633 new Covid-19 cases announced with 634 patients hospitalised

A spokesperson said the Covid-19 death toll now stands at a total of 5,609* deaths including 43 deaths newly notified in the past week

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Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, has voiced concern at rising Covid cases (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, has voiced concern at rising Covid cases (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, has voiced concern at rising Covid cases (Brian Lawless/PA)

A further *3,633 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed today, the Department of Health revealed.

There are 634 people in hospital, 119 of whom are in ICU.

A spokesperson said the Covid-19 death toll now stands at a total of 5,609* deaths including 43 deaths newly notified in the past week (since last Wednesday).

*Daily case numbers may change due to future data validation.

The latest figures come as Dr Tony Holohan warned that cases could hit the 400,000 mark by Christmas.

The Chief Medical Officer advising the public “to stay at home as much as possible” amid the ongoing surge.

Dr Holohan has said 200,000 people, or even double this, will likely be infected by the virus in December if the population don’t change their behaviours “from the level of activity and adherence that we have at the moment.”

Asked whether work Christmas parties should still go ahead, Dr Holohan told RTÉ’s News at One: “An organisaton should look at itself and the kind of measures it needs to take, we are advising people to stay at home as much as possible and work from home, those are responsible decisions.

“What we are trying to prevent is potentially 200,000 or even double that picking up this infection in the month of December."

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