IRISH medical directors reported 9,218 new cases of Covid-19 this evening.
About 4,006 cases had a positive PCR test result and 5,212 people registered for a positive antigen test through the HSE portal.
A total of 824 people are battling the virus in Irish hospitals, with 79 being admitted to the ICU.
Last weekend the Government eased almost all Covid-19 restrictions in Ireland.
Yesterday total 8,309 cases have been reported.
The only measures that are maintained are wearing a mask, isolating when positive for Covid-19 and using a Covid-19 Digital Certificate to travel.
World Health Organization expert Dr. Mike Ryan indicates any further lockdown is “unlikely” and that “we’ll be fine” even if a new variant emerges.
Dr Ryan, executive director of WHO’s health emergencies programme, said he did not anticipate any further lockdowns in the future thanks to three key factors.
He told Winter Night Festivals by Irish Era: “Difficult shutdown scenario with Omicron, vaccination, and booster shot.
“And with the sequence of the vaccine and the infection, our system develops more lasting immunity. Even if a new variant emerges, we’ll be fine.”
However, epidemiologist Sligo warned the pandemic was not over and said health systems must prepare for next winter, where flu and Covid epidemics could both break out.
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