Frontline healthcare services are under “significant pressure”, chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan has said as another 2,193 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ireland.
s of 8am today, 513 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 97 are in ICU.
Dr Holohan expressed concern about the rise in cases.
“I am increasingly worried about the rising incidence of the disease nationwide. Our primary focus now must be to protect the most vulnerable from Covid-19,” he said.
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Dr Holohan said there has been an increase in hospitalisations and ICU admissions which is putting the healthcare service under significant pressure.
“We are seeing a continuing increase in hospitalisation and intensive care admissions – a substantial amount of whom are not fully vaccinated – placing our frontline healthcare services, including non-covid care, under significant pressure.”
“It is essential that we do everything we can to break the chains of transmission of the Delta variant, in the community, in the workplace and in our homes. If you experience symptoms of Covid-19, even if you are vaccinated, please stay at home, isolate from others and arrange a free test immediately,” he said.
Dr Holohan reiterated his calls for those who have not yet availed of the vaccine to protect themselves against the disease.
“If you have not done so already, please choose to protect yourself by availing of your free Covid-19 vaccine which will significantly reduce your risk of severe illness if you contract the disease,” he said.
“The vaccine, our best defence against Covid-19, is not the only tool we have to drive down the spread of the disease. Please continue to regularly wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes, open windows and ensure spaces are well ventilated, wear masks on public transport, shops, indoor workplaces and crowded outdoor areas, and by keeping a safe 2m distance from others as much as possible,” he added.
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