21,098 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported to the Ministry of Health since last night.
Around 7,038 cases were reported today through PCR testing, while 14,060 people registered a positive antigen test via the HSE portal yesterday.
As of 8 a.m. today, 1,395 Covid-19 patients are hospitalized, with 55 in intensive care.
Today’s figures follow the surge in case numbers and hospitalizations in recent weeks, with over 50,000 cases detected during the extended St Patrick’s Day bank holiday.
The number of hospital admissions related to Covid-19 has increased by 75 percent since the beginning of March.
The public is being urged to return to basic measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing to contain the spread of the virus.
The Chair of the Irish Medical Organization (IMO) GP Committee, Dr. Denis McCauley said there was reluctance to acknowledge this surge now that all Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted.
However, he stressed that something had to be done as hospital admissions and the number of intensive care units continue to rise.
“I think there’s an uptick, and there’s a reluctance to acknowledge that,” said Dr. McCauley on RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland.
“Numbers in hospitals are rising and this has been talked about for two weeks, but unfortunately two weeks later we see that numbers in intensive care are also rising.
“I think there is a problem and we have to recognize it.
“The tone is there’s no problem, people are like, ‘Covid again, come on, give us space.'”
Meanwhile, HSE chief Paul Reid told Newstalk this morning he was “very clearly urging the public to get back to basics” like wearing masks, social distancing and hand hygiene.
He said the current rise in cases is overwhelming the healthcare system not only because of the increase in hospital admissions but also because 4,300 staff in the HSE have been absent from the past week due to Covid-19.
https://www.independent.ie/news/21098-cases-of-covid-19-reported-as-public-urged-to-take-extra-steps-to-suppress-the-virus-41479769.html 21,098 cases of Covid-19 have been reported as the public has been urged to take extra steps to suppress the virus