Latest updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – 1st October 2021

October 1, 2021 0

The latest news as of 5pm on Friday 1 October – 1,059 cases confirmed: 1,059 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. 308 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 59 of those patients in intensive care (ICU). Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:

As we move into the autumn/winter period and prepare for the dark evenings and cooler weather these seasons bring, many people have concerns about how we can continue to socialise safely and take part in the social and physical activities that keep us connected to our friends, families and wider communities. We are all familiar with the measures that will continue to keep us safe from COVID-19.

Vaccination remains our best means of protection against COVID-19. The vaccines available in Ireland are very safe and effective against COVID-19 and limit the likelihood of a COVID-19 infection becoming so severe it may require admission to hospital or to intensive care.

There are still some people who haven’t yet taken up the opportunity of vaccination, or who have delayed receiving a second dose for various reasons. I strongly encourage anyone who is in this position to ensure they get fully vaccinated as soon as possible in order to best protect themselves and those around them.

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, avoid crowds and choose outdoors where possible for meeting others.

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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