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Latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: 16 deaths and 543 new Covid-19 cases as 600,000 vaccine doses administered

There are 340 people in hospital with Covid-19 as of 2pm today, 85 of whom are in ICU.

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Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer, Department of Health. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer, Department of Health. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer, Department of Health. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

There have been 16 more deaths of people with Covid-19 and 543 new cases of the virus confirmed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) this evening.

This takes the number of people who have died with Covid-19 in the State to 4,534 while the total number of confirmed cases has risen to 226,358*.

Five previously confirmed cases have been denotified, with this reflected in the total figure.

Three deaths occurred in March, 12 in February and one in January.

The median age of those who died was 88 years and the ages of the deceased range from 59 – 96 years old.

There are 340 people in hospital with Covid-19 as of 2pm today, 85 of whom are in ICU.

There have been 15 people admitted to hospital with the virus in the last 24 hours while 22 people were discharged.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 269 are men / 271 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 29 years old
  • 235 are in Dublin, 50 in Kildare, 39 in Donegal, 31 in Meath, 28 in Galway and the remaining 160 cases are spread across 20 other counties

A total of 570,391 vaccines had been administered in the State as of Wednesday, with 409,000 people receiving at least one dose of a vaccine.

Earlier today, HSE Chief Paul Reid confirmed that over 600,000 vaccine doses have been administered.

Immunologist Luke O’Neill has said that it would be “ridiculous” and “stupid” if a scenario arose where excess vaccines became available in Northern Ireland and they were not sent to the Republic as part of an all-island approach in suppressing coronavirus.

“Go for it, no pride here, take whatever is going. If there are spare vaccines in the North, it is ridiculous if it wouldn’t be given in the South. It’s just stupid. I’d have no hesitation, if anybody offers us a vaccine we should take it.

“The UK is killing us; they’ve vaccinated 36 people per 100 now and it’s incredible. The EU is only at 10,” Prof O’Neill said.

This came after First Minister Arlene Foster called for more cooperation with regard to cross border sharing of vaccine supplies.

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