THE Chief Medical Officer says he is concerned that the Covid-19 incidence rate is slowing down at ‘much too high’ a level of infection.
Dr Tony Holohan’s comments come as health officials confirmed another 1,062 new cases of the coronavirus.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 10 additional deaths related to Covid-19.
Of today’s 1,062 cases, there are 27 in Donegal.
Dr. Holohan said: “While we have experienced very significant improvement in incidence over recent weeks, I am concerned that it appears to be slowing down at much too high a level of infection.
“People need to take real care in any setting in which they come into contact with others.
“In particular, workplaces and retail settings need to review their existing protocols and ensure that their staff and customers are protected as much as possible.
“Given the prevalence of the B117 variant and how infectious it is, it is extremely important that people take all preventative measures possible, including staying home.”
As of 2pm today, 1,436 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 207 are in ICU. There have been 38 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Since the outbreak, there have been 3,317 deaths and 197,553 cases.
Earlier today, there were 11 Covid-19 deaths and 314 new cases reported in Northern Ireland.
The North’s hospitals are at 91 per cent occupancy.
The region’s death toll is now 1,861 and there have been 104,274 cases.Tags: