The Delta Covid-19 variant, first identified in India, now accounts for 20% of cases in Ireland.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan said that the data shows a concerning increase in the variant in Ireland.
He went on to say that in the UK the Delta variant has been on the rise for a number of weeks and now their hospitalisations are also rising.
“It is really important that people who are not fully vaccinated continue to follow all public health advice. This includes people who are waiting for their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine,” Holohan said.
He further urged people to take a Covid-19 vaccine when one is offered to them.
Currently, approximately 61% of the adult population in Ireland has received their first Covid-19 vaccine, with roughly 31% fully vaccinated.