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Latest figures Dr Ronan Glynn says outlook 'uncertain' as Covid-19 cases hit highest level in six months

1,837 new cases were confirmed yesterday

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Dr Ronan Glynn (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Ronan Glynn (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Ronan Glynn (Brian Lawless/PA)

The country is experiencing a "high level" of Covid-19 with 1,837 new cases confirmed yesterday.

There were 208 people in hospital with Covid-19, an increase of 10 from Saturday's figures, while there are 31 people in intensive care units (ICU), down two compared to Saturday.

The highest incidence rate of Covid-19 is now among young people aged between 16 and 34, the latest data shows.

The latest figures come as the registration portal for children aged between 12 and 15 will open this week.

Just 3pc of Covid-19 cases are now in people aged 65 years and over, according to deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn.

"There remains significant uncertainty in terms of the underlying trends, including the potential effect of the recent August bank holiday weekend on case numbers and referral patterns," he warned.

"With over 18,000 cases in the last fortnight, Ireland's 14-day incidence rate has now increased to 386 per 100,000 population, the highest it has been since the start of February.

"Incidence remains particularly high, above 500 per 100,000, in Donegal, Louth, Galway, Mayo and Monaghan.

"Although the link between cases and severe disease has been very substantially weakened through vaccination, it has not been completely broken and, unfortunately, due to the high incidence, we continue to see an increasing number of people in hospital.

"We are experiencing a high level of disease and the outlook over the coming days is uncertain.

"What is not uncertain, however, is that we can alter the course of this disease through the simple measures that we are all so familiar with."

He urged people to continue to adhere to public health advice and said that vaccines are "fundamentally changing the risk profile of the disease here".

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"What there is also no uncertainty about is the phenomenal uptake of Covid-19 vaccines by people of all ages across Ireland," he said.

The latest figures show that around 90pc of people over the age of 16 have registered to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.

On Thursday, children aged between 12 and 15 can be registered to receive their first jab for the first time.

There are approximately 280,000 in this age group based on Central Statistics Office figures.

Under the plans, the HSE will primarily use the vaccination centres, but it previously said it is also going to work with GPs and pharmacies.

The move to extend the vaccination programme to a younger cohort meant the HSE needed to make significant enhancements to its IT system to facilitate the consent process.

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