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Ireland’s latest COVID-19 figures are concerning; daily cases rise to highest level since April

DUBLIN: Is the coronavirus resurging in Ireland after a brief fall in infections? As Digital COVID Certificates and reopening procedures proceed, the deteriorating coronavirus situation is worrisome.

The new threat comes as the number of COVID-19 cases in Ireland has reached its highest level since last April. A further 631 new cases were confirmed yesterday. There are about 50 coronavirus patients in hospitals, with 15 of them in the intensive care unit.

“Today we are reporting over 600 confirmed cases of Covid-19 for the first time since late April. This is a cause of concern and shows that this disease is prevalent in our communities again,” Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan warned.

Dr. Holohan added: “We know there is worry and frustration out there, particularly for young people who have had significant parts of their lives put on hold by this disease.

“We ask if you are not yet vaccinated, to hold firm to the public health advice as you await your vaccine. Please continue to manage your contacts, meet outdoors and avoid crowds.

“If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 or have any concerns, please isolate and seek a free PCR test as soon as possible. If you are not yet fully vaccinated and a close contact of a person that has tested positive for COVID-19, you also need to isolate and get a free PCR test.”

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Micheál Martin received his second dose of COVID-19 vaccine yesterday in Cork. Martin said the vaccine rollout in the country was continuing at pace, with over 200,000 doses administered in the first four days of this week. He also said that everyone aged 60 to 69 will be fully vaccinated by the end of next week.

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