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09 Dec 2021

Dr Holohan urges people to "do everything we can" to stop the transmission of Delta variant of Covid-19

Dr Tony Holohan coronavirus covid-19

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health is urging people to do "everything we can to break the chains of transmission of the Delta variant" of Covid-19 as infection rates continue to remain high.

“I am increasingly worried about the rising incidence of the disease nationwide. Our primary focus now must be to protect the most vulnerable from Covid-19," Dr Holohan said.

“We are seeing a continuing increase in hospitalisation and intensive care admissions – a substantial amount of whom are not fully vaccinated - placing our frontline healthcare services, including non-Covid care, under significant pressure.

“It is essential that we do everything we can to break the chains of transmission of the Delta variant, in the community, in the workplace and in our homes. If you experience symptoms of Covid-19, even if you are vaccinated, please stay at home, isolate from others and arrange a free test immediately.

“If you have not done so already, please choose to protect yourself by availing of your free Covid-19 vaccine which will significantly reduce your risk of severe illness if you contract the disease.

“The vaccine, our best defence against Covid-19, is not the only tool we have to drive down the spread of the disease. Please continue to regularly wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes, open windows and ensure spaces are well ventilated, wear masks on public transport, shops, indoor workplaces and crowded outdoor areas, and by keeping a safe 2m distance from others as much as possible.”

The comments came after the release of Covid infection figures for Tuesday, October 26 which showed there were 2,193 new confirmed cases of Covid-19.

As of 8am on October 26 513 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 97 are in ICU.

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