The head of Health Services Ireland urged residents to avoid crowded places such as shops. Tony Holohan’s warning comes on St Stephen’s Day, Ireland’s national holiday after Christmas Day, when many stores have traditional sales. Holohan already gave the advice before Christmas not to enter people from other homes In order to meet.
In Ireland, the number of corona infections is increasing rapidly. An infectious variant of the omikron virus is now prevalent there. On December 24, the country recorded the most infections in a single day, with 13,765 infections: more than double that four days earlier. The number of hospital admissions is currently at its lowest level since October. But the Irish government expects that number to rise again in the coming days.
The Irish government has imposed restrictions on the opening hours of closed bars, restaurants and nightclubs. But so far no official restrictions have been placed on stores, except for the obligation to wear face masks. “It is important that we all limit our contacts and avoid crowded places as much as possible,” Holohan stressed. “And if you have not yet received a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, take every possible precaution to protect yourself until you qualify.”
More than 90 per cent of all Irish people over the age of 12 have been vaccinated, one of the highest vaccination rates in Europe.
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