NPHET has reported 5,483 new cases of COVID-19 this evening - the highest figure since January 10th.
Dr Tony Holohan says there's been a very significant increase in cases in almost all age-groups.
549 patients are in hospital with the virus today of which 96 are in ICU.
The @hpscireland has today been notified of 5,483* confirmed cases of #COVID19.
As of 8am today, 549 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 96 are in ICU.
*Daily case numbers may change due to future data validation.
— Department of Health (@roinnslainte) November 12, 2021
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer says it's one of the highest daily figure since the pandemic began in Ireland.
“Today we are reporting one of our highest ever daily figures of confirmed cases of COVID-19. This is another indication of the very significant increase in the incidence of disease in almost all age-groups across the population.
“As we look ahead to the weekend, we need to continue to make every effort we can to drive down incidence of disease and break the chains of transmission. Before you leave the house, think about the number of people you are going to meet, and the risk associated with the activities you have planned. The following simple measures can reduce this risk:
• Keep your contacts low and avoid crowds
• Wear a mask correctly
• Meet outside if possible
• Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces
• Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene
“Vaccines remain extraordinarily effective against severe disease, and the vast majority of people with COVID-19 are experiencing mild symptoms. However, the outcome for any one individual who is diagnosed with COVID-19 is uncertain and it remains vital that we all continue to adhere to public health advice in order to protect ourselves and our families.
“There are currently 549 people in hospital, 96 people are receiving critical care and this disease continues to have a very significant impact on families, communities and across the health service.
“If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should assume that you have this virus, self-isolate immediately and arrange a test. Do not assume that it’s just a cough or a cold.”