The Ministry of Health was notified of 5,452 cases of Covid-19 through PCR testing on Wednesday, March 16.
In addition, 8,644 people registered for a positive antigen test through the HSE portal.
As of 8am yesterday, there were 1,081 Covid-19 patients hospitalized, the highest since February last year.
The number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care also reached 44, up from 42 patients the day before.
“With the St. Patrick’s Day bank holiday approaching, it’s important that we all continue to follow public health advice to safely socialize and remain focused on keeping safe.” protect those most vulnerable to the severe impact of Covid-19, as well as the Department of Health said in a statement.
It said there had been an increase in the number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 being cared for in hospitals and this was placing an additional “burden” on service delivery between hospitals and emergency departments. rescue.
The Ministry of Health added: “Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate until 48 hours after their symptoms have basically or completely cleared – please do not attend any social events. what society, job, school or university you have if you have symptoms
“A mask should be worn in crowded places in the home, on public transport and places of health care. Anyone who wants to wear a mask should not be discouraged.
“Continue to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene by washing and sanitizing your hands frequently and coughing/sneezing into your elbow. Maintain a physical distance if possible.
“Meet outdoors if possible. When meeting indoors, avoid poorly ventilated spaces and keep windows open.”
The department has reiterated its advice that anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 should self-isolate for seven days from the date symptoms began, or if asymptomatic, the date of their first positive test. surname.
It also reminds people infected with the virus over the Christmas period that they are eligible for the booster vaccine.
“Make an appointment for a booster shot on www.hse.ie if you are 12 years or older. It’s not too late to receive a main dose of Covid-19 vaccine. Vaccines are still the most effective way to protect us. from the worst effects of COVID -19.,” said the Department of Health.
https://www.independent.ie/news/5452-new-cases-of-covid-19-reported-as-public-urged-to-take-care-of-st-patricks-weekend-41456779.html 5,452 new cases of Covid-19 reported as public calls for care over St Patrick’s weekend