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Coronavirus Ireland 10 more deaths and 617 new cases of Covid 19 confirmed in Ireland

It comes as there has been an outbreak of at least 70 Covid-19 cases at Intel’s construction site in Leixlip, Co Kildare.

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There have been 10 further deaths and 617 new cases of Covid 19 confirmed in Ireland.

This takes the number of people that have died with the virus in Ireland to 4,866, while the total case count has risen to 245,310.

There were 179 Covid-19 patients in hospital this afternoon, of which 48 are in ICU.

Latest vaccine data shows that 878,823 people had received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine by Tuesday, April 20, with 362,142 people fully vaccinated.

Ireland will vaccinate more people next week than in any week previous, HSE Chief Paul Reid said at a media briefing today.

“It will be the largest number to date, definitely over 150,000 doses.

“Everything has never gone our way. There hasn't been a week in which everything went our way,” Mr Reid said, adding that the final number will depend on advice from NIAC regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and delivery figure

It comes as there has been an outbreak of at least 70 Covid-19 cases at Intel’s construction site in Leixlip, Co Kildare.

An Intel spokesperson said the construction site for its new manufacturing facility is continuing to operate and they are “actively working” with the relevant public health authorities.

The company was informed by its main construction contractor over the weekend that a number of people working on the site had tested positive. Follow up testing resulted in further positive cases being identified.

In a statement, Intel said: “We understand the number of positive cases to be approximately 70, but it is a fluid situation. We are working to support our construction team in whatever way we can - to understand what has happened in this situation and how it can be addressed with corrective measures.

“Workers at the construction site have been informed of the situation. As I am sure you understand, for confidentiality reasons we are not disclosing details of any specific cases.

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“For all confirmed cases, contact tracing was conducted and any other workers who may have been exposed have been required to self-quarantine and monitor their health. Additional testing of workers at the construction site is being carried out and any affected areas are subject to deep cleaning and disinfection.”

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