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Coronavirus: Over 13,000 New Cases

That's the highest figure in over a year. 

1,081 Covid patients are in hospital today - the highest figure in over a year. 

It's an increase of 34 from yesterday. 

Two weeks ago, only 653 Covid patients were in hospital. 

44 patients are in, intensive care with the virus - up two from yesterday. 

No deaths from Covid-19 were recorded in Westmeath or Offaly in the first two weeks of March - while one person died from the virus in Laois. 

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 5,452 PCR-confirmed cases of COVID-19.

In addition, on Tuesday 15 March, 8,644* people registered a positive antigen test through the HSE portal.   

With the St Patrick’s Day bank holiday approaching, it is important that we all continue to follow the public health advice in order to socialise safely and maintain our focus on protecting those most vulnerable to the severe effects of COVID-19, as well as ourselves.  

There has been an increase in the number of people with a diagnosis of COVID-19 who are receiving care in hospital. This is placing an additional burden on the delivery of services across hospitals and Emergency Departments.   

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate until 48 hours after symptoms have substantially or fully resolved – please do not attend any social events, work, school or college if you have symptoms.  

Mask wearing is advised in crowded indoor settings, on public transport and in healthcare settings. Anyone who wishes to wear a mask should not be discouraged from doing so.  

Continue to practise good hand and respiratory hygiene by washing and sanitising hands regularly and coughing/sneezing into your elbow. Maintain a physical distance where possible.  

Meet up outdoors if possible. When meeting indoors, avoid poorly ventilated spaces and keep windows open.   

Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 should self-isolate for 7 days from date of onset of symptoms, or if asymptomatic, date of first positive test. Anyone exiting self-isolation at day seven should continue to adhere to other public health protective measures. See www.gov.ie/covid19 for more information.   

Many people who were infected with COVID-19 over the Christmas period will now be eligible for a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Book a booster appointment on www.hse.ie if you are 12 years or older. It is not too late to receive a primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines remain the most effective way of protecting ourselves from the worst effects of COVID-19.   

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