Latest updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – 16th July 2021July 16, 2021 ADMIN 0
The latest news as of 5 pm on Friday 16 July – 1,173 cases confirmed: 1,173 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. 79 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 23 of those patients in intensive care (ICU). Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:
We continue to experience rapid increases in the incidence of the disease in the community, with cases increasing in 22 out of 26 counties and with the greatest majority of cases occurring in people who have not yet been fully vaccinated.
“The current trajectory of the highly transmissible Delta variant across the country means that unvaccinated people are at high risk of contracting COVID-19, with just over 50% of today’s cases aged between 19-34 years old.
We need those who are waiting for full vaccination to take every precaution this weekend and to adhere strongly to the public health advice as they await their vaccines – this includes limiting your social contacts, meeting outdoors, staying 2m apart, wearing masks and avoiding international travel. If you are experiencing symptoms of cold and flu: headache, sore throat, runny nose, please let your close contacts know, stay at home and get tested as soon as possible for COVID-19.
From today, 25-29 year olds can register for their vaccine on the HSE website and I would strongly encourage this age group to do so by visiting vaccine.hse.ie
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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