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Coronavirus: Over 3000 Cases Reported For Eighth Day In A Row

There are 83 people in intensive care.

3,578 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening. 

It's the eighth consecutive day the figure has exceeded 3,000. 

520 Covid patients are in hospital - the highest in over eight months - with 83 in intensive care, up five from yesterday.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: 

“We have reported over 44,000 cases in the past 14 days. The volume of disease in the community is really very high and represents a significant risk to those who are most vulnerable in our society.

“We need to continue to use all of the tools available to us to protect ourselves and others. By layering all of the public health measures with which we are now so familiar, we can help to break the chains of transmission. Ensure that you are washing your hands regularly, wearing a mask on public transport and in other social settings, try to meet others outdoors and ensure that indoor spaces are well-ventilated. And of course it remains essential that anyone with symptoms isolates and gets tested.

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