Latest updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – 25th August 2021

August 25, 2021 0

The latest news as of 6.30pm on Wednesday 25 August – 2,051 cases confirmed: 2,051 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. 323 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 56 of those patients in intensive care (ICU).  There has been a total of 5,092 deaths related to COVID-19 notified in Ireland.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

While we have increasing levels of vaccination across the population, we continue to have significant concerns over the Delta variant and the increase in the incidence of disease across a range of factors. Unfortunately, this variant is still circulating widely.

Over 70% of cases are in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people and we are seeing a high incidence of COVID-19 in adults and teenagers aged 16-29. If you haven’t yet registered for your vaccine or have delayed receiving your second dose, please do so as soon as possible. We know that vaccines work. They are about 80% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 disease and they provide approximately 95% protection against hospitalisation.

It is very important that we remain vigilant and continue to follow the public health measures that we are all so familiar with. This is especially important for anyone who is soon to return to school and college.

Continue to wear a mask, wash your hands properly and often, maintain a social distance, manage your contacts and avoid crowds.

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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