There have been 2,466 new cases of Covid-19 notified to the Department of Health.
This is the best variety of every day infections reported since 21 January, when 2,608 folks have been confirmed to have coronavirus.
The variety of folks in hospital who’ve examined constructive for the illness is 457, 9 greater than yesterday. Of these, 90 are receiving remedy in intensive care, a rise of two in a single day.
Today's an infection numbers are 82% greater than a month in the past, when 1,432 new cases have been recorded on 22 September.
Meanwhile the variety of folks with Covid-19 in hospital has risen by 68% throughout the identical time interval, from 272 to 457 with 63 in ICU on 22 September in comparison with 90 as we speak, a 42% enhance.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, stated: "The financial institution vacation weekend will carry elevated ranges of socialising throughout the nation.
"With the present trajectory of the illness in Ireland it can be crucial that each particular person is aware of and acts on the fundamental measures to restrict the unfold of Covid-19.
"Keep social distance, put on a face masks appropriately, wash your palms usually and handle your contacts.
"If you’re assembly indoors with others, make sure the room is properly ventilated, keep away from crowded conditions and if it appears like an unsafe atmosphere, go away.
"Be mindful of the symptoms of the disease such as fever, cough, or flu like symptoms. If you do experience any symptoms, self-isolate immediately and seek a PCR test as soon as possible."
Dr Holohan added: "Today and over this weekend, the HSE is continuous to function walk-in Covid-19 vaccination centres proper throughout the nation for anybody aged 12 years and older.
"I strongly encourage anyone who has not yet attended for their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, or second dose if it is due, to avail of these vaccination centres this weekend."
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Earlier, HSE Chief Operations Officer Anne O'Connor stated there are not any paediatric ICU beds accessible throughout the nation and simply 23 grownup ICU beds accessible.
She advised RTÉ's News At One that some youngsters are on trolleys.
"Critically, the paediatric services are very busy and Crumlin today has, unfortunately, 13 children on trolleys this morning, which is not something any of us would want."
Hospitals are seeing infections in youngsters that weren’t seen final yr due to the lockdown.
"We have a lot of children presenting with respiratory illnesses. We didn't really see that as much last year because children weren't mixing as much. They weren't in school as much and now they're back."
Across the nation, "our hospitals are under significant pressure and have been all of this week and indeed last week," Ms O'Connor stated.
But some elements of the nation are below extra vital strain than others with attendances highest in Galway, Tullamore, Cork University Hospital, Mayo, St Vincent's Hospital and Kilkenny."
Also as we speak, a member of the National Public Health Emergency Team stated the additional easing of restrictions has led to a "certain anxiety" amongst GPs and healthcare employees who’re involved in regards to the affect of rising Covid cases on hospitals.
Dr Mary Favier, Covid Advisor to the Irish College of General Practitioners, stated whereas it’s nice to see an additional reopening of society, there are numerous "conflicting" paths on the highway.
Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, she stated GPs and healthcare employees are feeling the affect on companies.
"So the priority is, we have now gone from what is meant to be a really sluggish gradual opening as much as what seems to be like a rushing up. And there are conflicting messages in that.
"GPs on the ground are really feeling the impact and for healthcare workers in hospitals, the same."
Dr Favier stated the "majority of our hospitals have no intensive care beds available, so if there is a major road traffic accident or someone has significant cardiac surgery over the weekend, people are vulnerable".
Meanwhile, Health Service Executive CEO Paul Reid has stated there’s a "significant proportion" of healthcare workers who should not in a position to work due to Covid-19 infections.
He is anxious to see booster vaccine campaigns for healthcare employees, including that the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) continues to evaluate the proof referring to booster pictures.
He stated his issues relate to healthcare employees turning into unwell with Covid-19 and the next affect on the well being service and "secondly, what we are seeing is emerging outbreaks within healthcare settings".
Mr Reid stated the current enhance in Covid-19 transmission over the past fortnight must be a "very real rain check for us all", saying he’s involved in regards to the "lag effect" between a excessive degree of cases and the ensuing hospitalisations.
"For those that are vaccinated it’s a robust warning to strengthen the fundamental measures of defence.
"If you are unvaccinated you are at a much higher risk and you put your family and friends and society at higher risk."
Mr Reid stated a lot of hospitals should not in a place to proceed elective care due to the affect of Covid-19 cases.
"Our concern heading into winter is a range of factors working against us."
On the potential of the well being service reaching surge capability, Mr Reid stated some hospital wards would wish to shut and workers redeployed to intensive care models.
Vaccines forestall severe an infection, Mr Reid stated, as he urged folks, in explicit pregnant ladies to get the vaccine.
Among the 12 pregnant ladies who’ve been admitted to ICU between June and October, just one was partially vaccinated, he added.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan stated there was a major enhance in transmission over the course of the final fortnight.
"We currently have in excess of 500 cases per 100,000 of the population and disease incidence is rising in all age groups and in every part of the country," he stated.
Late night time leisure is ready to reopen throughout the nation tonight, after new security tips have been signed-off between the Government and business representatives.
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