Latest updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – 12th October 2021

October 12, 2021 0

The latest news as of 6pm on Tuesday 12 October – 1,466 cases confirmed: 1,466 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. 402 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 73 of those patients in intensive care (ICU). Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:

Over recent days we have seen an increasing number of people with COVID-19 admitted to hospital and to intensive care. Recently, approximately 70% of people being treated in intensive care for COVID-19 have not been fully vaccinated. This is a significant cause for concern.

Vaccination, along with our continuing adherence to the public health advice, will break the chains of transmission and drive down incidence of COVID-19 in our communities. If you display any symptoms of COVID-19 including a high temperature, dry cough, or flu-like symptoms – please stay at home. Do not go to work, school, college or socialise.

I strongly encourage anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to take up the opportunity to do so as soon as possible to best protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19.

I also urge anyone who is eligible for a flu vaccine to come forward and receive it as soon as it is offered to you. You can arrange an appointment to receive your flu vaccine via your GP or local pharmacy.

Continue to regularly wash hands, wear a mask when appropriate – particularly in retail settings, on public transport and in healthcare settings; keep your distance, open windows and ventilate indoor spaces, and choose outdoors where possible for meeting others.

This suite of measures will help stop the transmission of COVID-19, seasonal influenza, common colds and other respiratory illnesses that are more prevalent over the winter months.

To get a free COVID-19 vaccine you can register for an appointment at a vaccination centre. You can also go to a walk-in clinic without an appointment at certain times.

To get a vaccine appointment, you can:

If YOU or SOMEONE YOU KNOW are struggling and need help check out the local help/support available on our dedicated COVID-19 page.

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