60% Rise In Covid-19 Cases Says HPSC

A midlands hospital saw visiting restrictions implemented yesterday as a result of the virus.

There's been a significant rise in Covid-19 cases in Ireland, according to the HPSC.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre recorded over 1,000 cases of the virus last week.

The midlands saw 44 of those cases recorded between June 16th and June 22nd, with Laois seeing the fewest in the country, at three, while Offaly had 18.

However, there were 23 cases of Covid-19 recorded in Westmeath last week, with Regional Hospital Mullingar restricting visits as a result of a high number of patients presenting with the virus.

The national figure of 1,042 is an increase of 60% on the previous week's total, which was 650.

While there were 456 hospitalisations also reported.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre says the JN.1 variant remains the dominant lineage in Ireland.

It's also warning the widespread circulation of Covid-19 often leads to an increase in people experiencing severe disease.

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