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Coronavirus: 7,333 New Cases Confirmed

A new 8pm curfew on hospitality comes into effect from Monday.

7,333 more people have contracted Covid-19 -- the third-highest number of new infections since the pandemic reached Ireland.

The Chief Medical Officer is warning the Omicron strain will mean "a large number of cases over the next short period of time".

410 patients are in hospital with the virus, with 107 receiving intensive care.

Meanwhile, the booster rollout for 40-49 year olds has been brought forward.

The Minister for Health announced last night that the vaccines will be made available for that age group will be available from tomorrow- 8 days ahead of the original schedule.

Access to the booster vaccination will be through a mixed model of appointments and walk-in clinics at Vaccination Centres, GPs and Pharmacies.

Details including locations and opening times are available on www.hse.ie.

Meanwhile, the Tánaiste has warned the number of new Covid cases in the coming weeks will break all records.

A new 8pm curfew on hospitality comes into effect from Monday along with caps on attendance at indoor and outdoor activities.

There will be an exemption for weddings which will be capped at 100 attendees; and further exemptions for hotel residents.

Leo Varadkar says he expects the situation to deteriorate quickly:

One midlands pub has responded to the latest restrictions on with a cheeky Facebook post:

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