Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan is urging people to reduce their social contacts in half over the next two weeks in order to reduce the number of Covid-19 infections.
The update comes after a further 2,975 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Ireland. 551 patients with Covid-19 are currently in hospital, with 89 in ICU.
“If you’re going planning to go out two nights a week, maybe just go out once. If you’re planning to have 10 people over the house for a particular event, maybe just have five,” Holohan said.
“If we can do that, across the population, we think that could have a significant effect in terms of transmission,” he said.
He warned that in the run up to Christmas the virus will have more opportunities to spread through increased intergenerational socialising.
However, he noted: “‘Christmas 2021 will be different to Christmas 2020, because of vaccination.”
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