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Latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: 35 deaths and 613 new Covid-19 cases as thousands arriving into Ireland every day

The latest figures come as Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said that between 1,000 and 3,500 people are still arriving in the country every day.

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Health Minister Stephen Donnelly. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos Dublin

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos Dublin

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos Dublin

There have been 35 further deaths and 613 new Covid-19 cases, the Department of Health confirmed today.

The youngest person who died was 53 while the oldest was 102.

21 of the deaths occurred in February, 12 people passed away in January, one in November and one death is under investigation.

There has been a total of 4,271 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland while the total number of confirmed cases now stands at 217,478*.

Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has resulted in the denotification of five confirmed cases, the total figure reflects this adjustment.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 308 are men / 304 are women
  • 66% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 34 years old
  • 224 are in Dublin, 39 in Limerick, 37 in Meath, 34 in Westmeath, 33 in Offaly and the remaining 246 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of 8am today, there are 591 patients in hospital with the illness, 138 of whom are in ICU. There were 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

The latest figures come as Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said that between 1,000 and 3,500 people are still arriving in the country every day.

Last week there were around 10,500 arrivals in Dublin Airport alone, he said during a debate on the Government’s legislation on mandatory quarantine for international arrivals yesterday.

Opposition parties have called for mandatory hotel quarantine to be introduced for all arrivals into the country’s ports and airports.

Mandatory hotel quarantine legislation was passed today and will see passengers from 20 countries stay in facilities for two weeks upon arrival into the country. Passengers themselves will have to pay for the two week stay.

While Opposition parties were in favour of legislation on mandatory hotel quarantine being finally brought before the house, Labour, Sinn Féin and the Social Democrats will propose amendments that all non-essential arrivals be put into mandatory hotel quarantine.

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Passengers may leave quarantine if they arrive into the country with a negative test and a further negative test again on day 10.

Speaking yesterday, the Health Minister also said Ireland could have enough doses of Covid-19 vaccines to inoculate 10.3 million people.

Mr Donnelly said the State had orders in place for 18.4 million doses of vaccines for its programme, which is expected to be significantly ramped up in coming months.

But these figures are heavily caveated on the availability and supplies of the vaccines.

Mr Donnelly said the figures give the public “better hope for brighter days ahead”.

He brought a memo to Cabinet on Tuesday to purchase additional doses including an extra 1.64 million doses of Moderna, as well as 330,000 doses of Valenza, 1.1 million of Novavax and 2.1 million of Janssen.

“Up to 10.3 million people could be vaccinated if these came through,” Mr Donnelly said.

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