23,909 new confirmed cases of Covid – Highland Radio

23,909 new cases of Covid 19 were confirmed in the Republic this evening.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said tonight that it is essential for everyone to protect themselves and others from infection. Every little action to limit the spread of this disease is vital, he said, as the country continues to see a significant volume of hospital patients, up a third from the same time last week.

Dr Holohan also reminded parents that the vaccination program is now open to all children between the ages of 5 and 11.

Declaration of the national public health emergency team

The Health Protection Surveillance Center was notified today of 23,909 * confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8 a.m. today, 1,063 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, including 89 in intensive care.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health, said:

“Today, we continue to report a very high level of incidence of COVID-19 in the community. It is essential for everyone to protect themselves and others from infection. Every little action to limit the spread of this disease is vital, as we continue to receive large numbers of hospital patients, up a third from the same time last week.

“Remember that behind every hospital statistic and critical care figure is an individual, along with their family and friends, and a team of healthcare workers who provide care to them in very difficult circumstances. The best way to continue to support our health service and protect each other is to continue to follow public health advice as best we can – stay home and isolate ourselves if we have symptoms, avoid them. crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, open windows, wear face masks and work from home where possible.

“Our most important layer of protection throughout this pandemic remains the COVID-19 vaccine. The immunization program is now open to all children aged 5 to 11, and we know that the benefits of immunizing children far outweigh the risks.

“Most children will experience a very mild form of this disease, for a few they can become seriously ill. COVID-19 vaccines do a great job of preventing serious illness and disease in those who are fully immunized.

“Getting your child vaccinated is a decision between you and your child. I encourage all parents and guardians to discuss this update to our immunization schedule with your child and to ensure that they know that immunization is available to them. I also encourage you to engage with the reliable health advice available on the HSE website, and with your own family doctor if you have any concerns about bringing your child in for this vaccine. “