349 patients are hospitalised with the disease, of which 65 are in ICU.
The HSE says the health system will be able to handle both the flu and covid this year.
There wasn’t one single confirmed case of flu last year but health officials say that won’t happen this Winter.
Those eligible for the flu vaccine are being urged to get their dose as soon as they can.
Health officials are advising everyone to be aware of the risk factors for getting COVID-19:
·Distance – the risk of getting COVID-19 increases as the distance between you and others gets smaller. Keep 2 metres apart where possible
·Activity – How you spend time with people and what you do with them can increase your risk. Follow the government’s Stay Safe Guidelines when spending time with others
·Time – The more time you spend in close contact with other people can increase your risk of getting COVID-19. Keep track of who you spend time with and how
·Environment – Being outdoors is safer than being indoors. Where possible, meet with others outdoors. If this is not possible, keep windows and doors open when meeting others inside
·Symptoms – Know the symptoms. If you have them self-isolate and contact your GP immediately
·a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
·shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
·flu like symptoms
“If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must self isolate and phone your GP for further advice.
If you have been referred for a test or are awaiting a test result, you must self isolate.
If you are a confirmed case of COVID-19 you must self isolate for 10 days.
If you are identified or have identified yourself as a close contact of a confirmed case, you must restrict your movements.
Department of Health’s COVID-19 Information Dashboard; providing latest case information.