There were 98 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Carlow on Friday evening.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 4,115* confirmed cases of Covid-19.
It brings the 14-day rolling total for the county to 1,393.
As of 8am today, 511 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 110 are in ICU.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “We are in a very uncertain and unstable position due to the high incidence of COVID-19 in Ireland driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant. This is a matter of very significant concern as we wait for more evidence relating to the Omicron variant and the impact it may have to emerge.
“At the moment, based on the evidence available to us, we believe that the public health measures we are so familiar with will work to slow and stop the transmission of the Omicron variant, as well as the Delta variant. Early indications suggest that a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine will offer good protection against infection from Delta and Omicron.
“If you are eligible for a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine, then please take the opportunity to receive your vaccine as soon as it is available to you. Similarly, if you are yet to receive a primary dose of Covid-19 vaccine then please come forward as soon as possible. You can get more information on where you can receive your vaccine, as well as trusted public health information on www.hse.ie, or by contacting your GP or local pharmacy.
“We are all aware that this day two weeks is Christmas Eve, a time of year when we all look forward to coming together with friends and family.”