Latest updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – 20th August 2021

August 20, 2021 0

The latest news as of 5.30pm on Friday 20 August – 2,098 cases confirmed: 2,098 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. 251 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 52 of those patients in intensive care (ICU). Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

For the second time in a week, we are reporting over 2,000 cases. We haven’t seen this number of cases since late January 2021. This is a concerning indication of the level of COVID-19 circulating in our communities.

COVID-19 vaccines are very effective against severe illness from COVID-19 and are protecting people from needing care in hospital and ICU. While it is possible for fully vaccinated individuals to become infected with COVID-19 and pass the virus on to others, vaccines also remain effective in significantly reducing this risk. That is why it is vital for as many people as possible to come forward for vaccination against this disease.

We must all remain vigilant to the risk of contracting COVID-19. To protect everyone and to safeguard the progress we have made, please follow the public health advice to limit transmission of COVID-19.

If you display symptoms of COVID-19 like cough, fever, headache, sore throat and blocked or runny nose – isolate and get a test immediately. Continue to socialise safely by risk assessing, meeting outdoors where possible. Only meet up with small numbers of people and avoid crowds. Remember, it is OK to leave if you do not feel safe.

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