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29/09/2021

"Considerable preparations have been made to reopen schools safely" says Dr Holohan

"Considerable preparations have been made to reopen schools safely" says Dr Holohan

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,293 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8am today, 382 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 61 are in ICU.

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

"As many children return to classrooms across the country today, it is important to highlight to both children and their parents that considerable preparations have been made to reopen schools safely.

"Our data clearly shows that, to date, the school environment was not a major source of disease transmission.

"In order to go back to school as safely as possible, my advice to children is to wash your hands or use hand sanitiser regularly and follow the protocols operating in your school.

"Parents, please keep in mind the symptoms to look out for and do not send your child to school if they display any of them. Instead, help them to isolate and contact your GP for advice and arrange a test if appropriate. I would also urge caution when participating in activities with classmates outside the school environment, which have proven to be settings where outbreaks and transmission in children have occurred in the past. This will help to prevent further transmission and potential outbreaks."

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