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Xmas shock Highest single-day total of 11,182 Covid cases confirmed by Health chiefs

The previous high of 8,248 was reported on January 8 of this year

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Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

A further 11,182 cases of Covid-19 reported to public health officials today in Ireland represents the highest single-day total since the pandemic began.

The previous high of 8,248 was reported on 8 January of this year.

However, the 89 of the 393 hospital patients with Covid-19 who are being treated in intensive care units is the lowest number since November 9.

The previous day the Department of Health reported 7,411 new cases of Covid-19, with 377 people in the country's hospitals, and 98 in intensive care.

Meanwhile, nearly 400,000 people have received a booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine this week, the chair of the high level taskforce on Covid-19 vaccination has said.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One Professor Brian MacCraith said 399,000 doses have been administered this week, of which "close to 390,000" are boosters.

"As of 12 noon today, we are at 1.98 million.

"I am confident we will be at 1.99 million by the end of today.

"The original target we set for Christmas was 1.5 million."

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said earlier today that 83,872 vaccines were administered yesterday, with 8,200 people presenting for their first or second vaccine dose so far this week.

This means that a total of 1.84m vaccines have been administered as part of the booster programme, making Ireland the second highest uptake rate in the European Union for booster and third dose vaccination.

The Department of Health has said they estimate that 83% of cases are now due to the Omicron variant.

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Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said last night that with Omicron now accounting for almost three quarters of cases in Ireland, the high number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported yesterday was not unexpected.

And we should expect to see a rapid increase in case figures over the coming short period of time, headed.

"It is imperative that all of us, to the greatest extent possible, make every effort we can in the next two to three weeks to only meet with members of our own households,” he said.

“Consider you plans over the Christmas period and into the early part of the New Year and try to keep your contacts as low as possible.

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Nearly 400,000 people have received a booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine

Nearly 400,000 people have received a booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine

Nearly 400,000 people have received a booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine

"If someone in the household receives a "detected" or "positive" test result either via a PCR test or an antigen test, then all members of the household should restrict their movements and not attend work or socialise with others."

Dr Holohan added that anyone who has recently arrived in Ireland from overseas should "take an antigen test for the five days following your arrival into Ireland".

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