As a further 4,642 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ireland, leading health officials have issued stark warnings about the transmission rates of the virus.
There are 556 patients in Irish hospitals being treated for Covid-19, 107 of whom are intensive care settings.
"As we look ahead to the weekend, we need to continue to make every effort we can to drive down incidence of disease and break the chains of transmission,” Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, said.
"Before you leave the house, think about the number of people you are going to meet, and the risk associated with the activities you have planned.
"Keep your contacts low and avoid crowds; Wear a mask correctly; Meet outside if possible; Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces; Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene."
HSE chief Paul Reid said that Covid-19 was now ‘prolific in most communities and nobody wants to be the next hospitalised case’
He added: "An immediate reduction by all of us of risk activities is needed to turn this around."
Longford boutique Fabiani is celebrating this morning after fending off a host of high street giants to be crowned National Store of the Year 2021.Fabiani, a luxury independent fashion outlet, secured the top award at the five-star Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin last night.
Local authority bosses have confirmed that it has rejected approaches from two prospective developers over plans to carry out a major face-lift of Connolly Barracks.
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