1,293 new cases of Covid-19 recorded as hospitalisations rise 

A further 1,293 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded today as hospitalisations continue to rise.

The Department of Health confirmed the additional cases while stating that there are 382 Covid-19 patients in hospital, of which 61 are in ICUs.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said that as children return to schools today, it “is important to highlight to both children and their parents that considerable preparations have been made across the country to reopen schools safely”.

He called on parents to keep the symptoms Covid-19 in mind and not to send children to school if they display any of them.

Dr Holohan also urged caution “when participating in activities with classmates outside the school environment, which have proven to be settings where outbreaks and transmission in children have occurred in the past”. 

It comes as it was reported today that almost nine out of ten Irish adults are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

More than 88% of people over the age of 18 are now fully vaccinated against the virus, while 91.8% of Irish adults have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Paul Reid, CEO of the Health Service Executive (HSE), said some 14,000 vaccinations were administered over the weekend at walk-in clinics, which are now open to anyone over the age of 12.

In a tweet, Mr Reid said that some 134,000 people have received a vaccine in walk-in centres since they opened.

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