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CMO instructs people with COVID-19 symptoms to stay at home and avoid going out to work or socialise

DUBLIN: The Department of Health has issued strict instructions in the wake of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has advised people with any kind of COVID-19 symptoms to stay at home and not go out, even if they have been vaccinated.

This comes after another 1,015 confirmed coronavirus cases were reported yesterday in Ireland. As of 8 am on Tuesday, 178 COVID-19 patients were being treated in hospital, 29 of whom were in ICU.

Public health doctors have reported that virus outbreaks are being triggered by symptomatic people attending workplaces, eating out, or visiting friends, according to Dr Holohan.

The CMO advised: “Please remember that you should stay at home if you have symptoms even if you are vaccinated, because you could still transmit COVID-19.

“Together as a country, we need to keep on top of all the positive behaviours that limit the spread of disease, and integral to this is staying at home if you have any cold or flu symptoms.”

“Don’t drop your guard, because heading into work or meeting a friend while experiencing fever, cough, cold/flu symptoms, or loss of sense of smell/taste – that could be the beginning link that sets off a chain of transmission that leads to an outbreak in your community,” he warned.

Over 30000 people, including thousands of young people, received COVID-19 vaccines at the HSE’s walk-in vaccination centres, which Dr. Holohan described as a great success. Many of those who attended the clinics were between the ages of 16 and 17.

“It is this same spirit of solidarity, commitment to keeping our whole community safe by getting vaccinated, and keeping to the basic safe measures such as staying at home if you feel unwell that will ultimately be our pathway out of this pandemic,” he said.

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