Daily figures on the number of new Covid-19 cases will no longer be published from today – this is the first time since the pandemic began in March 2020 and a clear signal that the worst is over for now.
The information will continue to be available online, but the Department of Health is to stop issuing press releases containing the numbers.
It comes as the overall Covid-19 situation continues to improve here, with numbers in hospital with the virus down to 378 today, including 39 in intensive care.
The Health Protection Surveillance Center (HSPC) reported 980 PCR-confirmed cases, with 1,020 people registering a positive antigen test through the HSE portal.
The department said it will continue to monitor information on the epidemiology of Covid019 along with the HSE, the HPSC and the national virus laboratory. She is led by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan oversees.
This includes all information on case numbers, local outbreaks and associated trends, emergence and detection of new variants in Ireland and abroad. Regular updates are provided to the Minister of Health. ”
Health officials said that as the May bank holiday approaches, it is important that we all continue to heed public health advice to socialize safely and remain focused on protecting those most vulnerable to the severe effects of Covid -19 are, as well as ourselves.
“Anyone who has symptoms should self-isolate for up to 48 hours after symptoms have substantially or completely resolved – please do not attend social events, work, school or college if you have symptoms.
“Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 should self-isolate for 7 days from the date of onset of symptoms or, if asymptomatic, from the date of first positive test. Anyone exiting self-isolation on the seventh day should continue to adhere to other public health safeguards.”
“Wearing masks is recommended on public transport and in healthcare. Wearing masks is also recommended based on an individual risk assessment, especially when the incidence of the disease is high. Those who want to wear a mask should not be deterred from doing so. People who are vulnerable to Covid-19 are also advised to be aware of the risks associated with activities they may be involved in and to take steps to best protect themselves. Vulnerable people are advised to consider wearing masks in crowded indoor spaces, which may relate to social gatherings or other activities and events, for example.
“Continue to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene by washing and sanitizing your hands regularly and coughing/sneezing into the crook of your arm. If possible, keep physical distance.
“If possible, meet outdoors. If you meet indoors, avoid poorly ventilated rooms and keep windows open.”
People who got infected over Christmas are now eligible for their first booster.
People aged 65 and over can take a second refresher course. This also applies to immunocompromised individuals aged 12 and over who can get their second booster when it is due.
Visit our Covid-19 vaccine dashboard for updates on the launch of the vaccination program and the rate of coronavirus cases in Ireland
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