People with Covid-19 symptoms are being urged to stay at home, even if they are vaccinated, as they could still spread the virus.

The plea from Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan came as the Department of Health reported 1,015 cases of Covid-19.

The number of people with Covid-19 who are receiving treatment in hospital is up one to 178.

29 of these patients are being treated in intensive care units - an increase of two from yesterday.

"Public health doctors around the country are reporting that outbreaks are being notified to them that originated in symptomatic people attending workplaces, or eating out, or visiting friends," Dr Tony Holohan said.

"Please remember that you should stay at home if you have symptoms even if you are vaccinated, because you could still transmit Covid-19.

"Together as a country, we need to keep on top of all the positive behaviours that limit the spread of disease, and integral to this is staying at home if you have any cold or flu symptoms," he said.

He said that going to work or meeting friends while experiencing symptoms "could be the beginning link that sets off a chain of transmission that leads to an outbreak in your community."

Dr Holohan also said that the "uplifting scenes" witnessed at walk-in vaccination centres at the weekend were "extremely encouraging."

More than 30,000 people availed of the walk-in vaccination centres that operated around the country over the Bank Holiday weekend.

"Young people have had an exceptionally difficult time throughout the Covid-19 pandemic," Dr Holohan said.

"Their willingness to come out to get vaccinated in droves is another example of the resilience they have shown throughout this challenging time.

"It is this same spirit of solidarity, commitment to keeping our whole community safe by getting vaccinated, and keeping to the basic safe measures such as staying at home if you feel unwell that will ultimately be our pathway out of this pandemic."

Earlier there were 1,082 new cases of the virus reported by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland in the last 24-hour reporting period.

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The deal had been announced by the Government early last month.

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