COVID live updates: 27,325 news cases on the island of Ireland

December 31

 Ireland’s Department of Health has reported a further 20,110 new cases of Covid in the Republic today with 682 of these in hospital with 86 of these patients in intensive care. Northern Ireland has recorded 7,215 new Covid cases. 

Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan, told the RTE: “Once again, we are reporting another very high number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. The number of people in hospital with [the disease] is continuing to increase.

“I know many people have canceled or postponed planned social and family events, not just for New Year’s Eve, but right throughout the Christmas period.

“The occasions in life we most look forward to have been changed utterly by this pandemic. However, these collective efforts are necessary to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our health service.”