A total of 631 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland today.
There are 50 patients with the virus in hospital, and 15 in ICU.
One in five patients hospitalised with Covid-19 are in Letterkenny University Hospital. The hospital recorded 10 patients with the virus in its care this morning, with no Covid-19 patients in ICU.
Speaking this evening, Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Today we are reporting over 600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the first time since late April. This is a cause of concern and shows that this disease is prevalent in our communities again.
“We know there is worry and frustration out there, particularly for young people who have had significant parts of their lives put on hold by this disease. We ask if you are not yet vaccinated, to hold firm to the public health advice as you await your vaccine. Please continue to manage your contacts, meet outdoors and avoid crowds.
“If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 or have any concerns, please isolate and seek a free PCR test as soon as possible. If you are not yet fully vaccinated and a close contact of a person that has tested positive for COVID-19, you also need to isolate and get a free PCR test.”