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Further 5,471 Covid-19 cases with 'sharp increase' in incidence in 5-11 age group

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan warned there has been "a sharp increase" in incidence rates among children aged five to 11.

Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

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There have been a further 5,471 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, the Department of Health has said.

As of Tuesday morning there were 579 patients in hospital with the disease, with 122 in intensive care.

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan warned there has been "a sharp increase" in incidence rates among children aged five to 11.

He said children should avoid indoor birthday parties and play dates, sleepovers, communions, confirmations, nativity and other seasonal events.

Girls walking to school (Ian West/PA)

He said: "These measures are not what any of us want to hear, particularly at this time of year.

"We know that it adds an additional burden at what has been a very difficult time for all of us, particularly those with young families."

Nphet has also recommended the wearing of facemasks for children aged nine and above on public transport, retail and indoor public settings, and in schools for pupils in third class and above.


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