Covid Ireland: 3,805 new cases amid Dr Tony Holohan warning as new rules to be considered

Covid Ireland: 3,805 new cases amid Dr Tony Holohan warning as new rules to be considered

A further 3,805 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Ireland as 582 patients are currently in hospital.

While there are now 106 people being treated for the virus in ICUs across the country.

The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this afternoon.

It comes after Dr Tony Holohan issued a warning over the high case numbers and asked members of the public to act responsibly.

He said: “Before you leave the house, think about the number of people you are going to meet, and the risk associated with the activities you have planned.”

NPHET also asked the public to abide by the following measures to reduce the risk of transmission.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health during a Covid 19 press brieifng at the Department of Health, Miesian Plaza, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin.

Meanwhile Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed NPHET has recommended a number of Covid-19 measures which the Government are set to consider implementing early next week.

In his letter to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan urged the Government to extend the use of vaccine certs, get people to work from home and tell people to wear masks at outdoor sporting events.

Dr Holohan has also recommended that people who go to a pub or nightclub or engage in other high-risk activities should use antigen tests twice a week.

The CMO also reiterated that the reintroduction of restrictions can not be ruled out in the future but such a move was not being considered at that time.

Speaking on Friday, the Taoiseach said: “I received the letter from NPHET… the first point I would make is the numbers are increasing and that is a concern.

“And therefore the main import of NPHET’s advice is that all of us restrict socialisation, to monitor our behaviour.

“A very strong piece on mask wearing, particularly at outdoor sporting events, that masks would now be worn in large crowds and in congregated settings.

“And for people with vulnerabilities or underlying conditions that medical grade masks would be worn.

“And that generally we overall try to reduce socialisation and cumulatively that would have an impact.

“Nothing can be ruled out into the future, that’s clear from the advice from NPHET.

“But what you’ve read and heard is the limit to what NPHET is advising the Government at this particular point in time.”

The Taoiseach also said the Government will also be giving consideration on the expansion of the wider use of antigen testing after NPHET advised that people should test themselves twice a week at least if they are engaging in high-risk activities.

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