There have been 35 additional Covid-related deaths within the State over the previous week.
Up to date figures on the Authorities’s Covid-19 knowledge hub present 1,207 constructive PCR outcomes have been registered on Wednesday, together with 2,501 constructive antigen outcomes.
The newest knowledge brings the State’s Covid dying toll to 7,571, whereas a complete of 1,628,745 circumstances have been confirmed for the reason that onset of the pandemic.
As of 8am on Wednesday, there have been 1,018 folks in hospital with the virus, 45 of whom have been receiving therapy in Intensive Care Models (ICUs) across the nation.
The figures come amid predictions that mask-wearing might return later this 12 months to fight the unfold of the virus.
Hospital marketing consultant Invoice Tormey stated transmission ranges are at the moment excessive as a result of a wave of Omicron subvariant infections. This has prompted concern amongst well being officers as viruses typically transmit at a decrease price in the course of the summer time months.
Dr Tormey stated the re-introduction of face masks might assist sort out an extra Covid surge within the autumn.
He added that the precise scenario within the State is now not clear as a result of discount in testing.
“We’re solely doing a sure variety of PCRs and the variety of constructive PCRs on individuals who may need Covid has soared as much as about 36 per cent or extra, and that goes to point out you that there’s numerous Covid locally,” Dr Tormey stated.