The Department of Health has been notified of 43 deaths in the last seven days as another 3,893 cases of Covid-19 are confirmed today.
As of 8am today, 611 patients are hospitalised with the virus, of whom 132 are in ICU.
There have been a total of 5,652 deaths related to Covid-19 notified in Ireland. This includes 43 deaths newly notified in the past seven days.
Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said approximately one in seven adults in the last week have had Covid-like symptoms.
"Approximately one in seven adults in the last week have had flu-like, cold-like, or Covid-like symptoms.
"The most important action you can take if you experience any symptoms of Covid-19 is to self-isolate immediately. This means staying indoors and avoiding contact with other people, including, in so far as possible, those you live with. Arrange to take a PCR test, not an antigen test, and continue to self-isolate while you wait for your test and the results,” he said.
Dr Holohan said he understands the difficulty of the current situation but reiterated the need to self-isolate if symptoms appear.
"I understand this is difficult, but in order to avoid passing Covid-19 or other respiratory illnesses on to your friends, family or work colleagues, rapidly self-isolating as soon as symptoms begin is the most important thing you can do.
"It’s also important to remember you still need to isolate for as long as you're symptomatic, and until 48 hours after your symptoms have settled, even if your PCR did not detect Covid-19,” he said.
Meanwhile Siptu has called for a reduction in capacity on public transport in order to protect workers from an increased risk of Covid-19 infection.
The trade union has more than 4,500 members working in public transport.
Sector organiser John Murphy said having 100pc capacity on public transport “sharpens” the risk of infection for workers and passengers.
“Ireland is experiencing a surge in Covid-19 infections and restrictions are being applied across various sectors of our economy. However, despite this, capacity on all modes of public transport remains at 100pc, which sharpens the risk for both workers and passengers.
“Siptu representatives fully accept that public transport must continue but passenger capacity must be reduced so our members can work, and passengers can travel, in the safest possible way,” he said.
Mr Murphy said that while the union is aware that Government is considering reducing public transport levels at weekends, he believes this would be a “flawed policy” as it would only cut the number of vehicles and potentially lead to “further overcrowding”.
He added that representatives have tried to engage with Transport Minister Eamon Ryan on these issues over the last “20 months”.
“The reality is previous decisions on public transport service levels and vehicle capacity have been taken by the Department of Transport without any consultation with workers or their representatives. This is despite several attempts by Siptu representatives to engage with the Minister for Transport concerning these issues over the last 20 months.
“We are now calling on the minister to engage with us immediately on the introduction of a coherent and safe policy in relation to public transport services,” he said.
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