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Delta blow Coronavirus Ireland: 365 new Covid-19 cases confirmed as Dr Tony Holohan warns of Delta variant 'threat'

It comes as Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly revealed that half of the adult population will be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 today.

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Dr Tony Holohan

Dr Tony Holohan

Dr Tony Holohan

A further 365 new cases of Covid-19 have been announced with 51 people in hospital with the illness.

Out of those hospitalised, 14 patients are in ICU.

The Department of Health say today's figures "may change due to future data review, validation and update."

No figures on deaths relating to the illness are available.

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Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer revealed over 70% of all cases are now accounted for by the Delta variant.

He said: "While this variant continues to present a threat, those of us who are fully vaccinated can have confidence in their vaccine and should feel comfortable meeting with other fully vaccinated people in all settings."

“Unfortunately, the Delta variant continues to present a risk to those of us who are unvaccinated or waiting for a second dose of vaccine - we need to continue to follow the public health advice, manage you contacts, avoid crowds, wear a mask, wash your hands... and most importantly get your Covid-19 vaccine when it is offered to you.”

It comes as Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly revealed that half of the adult population will be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 today.

More than 4.3 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered to date, with almost 49.6pc of the country’s adult population being fully vaccinated.

Additionally, 66.9pc of Irish adults have received their first dose of the jab.

Minister Donnelly tweeted: “By the end of today half our adult population will have full vaccination.

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“This will continue to grow in the days and weeks ahead.

“It's important that everyone continues to ensure they get their second dose.”

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