The Department of Health issued a statement on Friday, April 29th

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre was notified today of 980 PCR-confirmed COVID-19 cases. In addition, 1,020* people registered a positive antigen test through the HSE portal on Thursday, April 28.

As of 8 a.m. today, 378 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, with 39 in ICU.

The Department of Health will no longer publish daily COVID-19 figures as of today. This data will be updated on a regular basis on Ireland’s COVID-19 data hub.

Under the supervision of the Chief Medical Officer, the department, the HSE, the HPSC, and the NVRL continue to monitor all information pertaining to the epidemiology of COVID-19. This includes all case numbers, local outbreaks and associated trends, as well as the emergence and detection of new variants in Ireland and elsewhere. The Minister of Health is kept up to date on a regular basis. These updates can be found here: The Chief Medical Officer submits a weekly report to the Minister of Health on COVID-19.

With the May bank holiday approaching, it is critical that we all continue to follow public health advice in order to socialize safely while also focusing on protecting those most vulnerable to the severe effects of COVID-19, as well as ourselves.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate for 48 hours after symptoms have significantly or completely resolved – please do not attend any social events, work, school, or college if you have symptoms.

Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 should isolate themselves for 7 days from the onset of symptoms, or if asymptomatic, from the date of the first positive test. Anyone who comes out of self-isolation on day seven should continue to follow other public health precautions.

Wearing a mask is recommended on public transportation and in healthcare settings. Wearing a mask is also recommended based on individual risk assessment, especially when disease incidence is high. Anyone who wants to wear a mask should be encouraged to do so. Individuals who are susceptible to COVID-19 are also advised to be aware of the risks associated with the activities they may choose to engage in and to take precautions to protect themselves optimally. Vulnerable people are advised to consider wearing masks in crowded indoor settings, such as social gatherings or other activities and events.

Maintain good hand and respiratory hygiene by regularly washing and sanitizing your hands and coughing/sneezing into your elbow. Maintain as much physical distance as possible.

If possible, we should meet outside. Avoid meeting in poorly ventilated areas and keep windows open.

Many people who became infected with COVID-19 during the holiday season are now eligible for a first booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine. If you are 12 or older, you can book your first booster appointment on www.hse.ie. People aged 65 and up can now receive their second COVID-19 booster vaccine. Those aged 12 and up with a weakened immune system can also get their second booster when it is due. It’s not too late to get a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines continue to be the most effective way of protecting ourselves from the most severe COVID-19 effects.