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Latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: 534 new Covid-19 cases amid warning Delta variant spread will outpace vaccine supply

Earlier today, HSE chief Paul Reid warned the growth in the Delta variant will outmatch the supply of vaccines in the coming weeks.

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Paul Reid.  Photo: Gareth Chaney

Paul Reid.  Photo: Gareth Chaney

Paul Reid.  Photo: Gareth Chaney

A further 534 new Covid-19 cases were announced this evening with 58 people in hospital with the illness.

This is down slightly from yesterday's 60 patients.

Out of those hospitalised, 17 are in ICU.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said: "Daily case numbers may change due to future data review, validation and update."

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer said: "Covid-19 is still circulating in our community.

“As we come into weekend, it is extremely important that we continue to adhere to the public health advice to stop the spread of the disease.

“If you are not yet fully vaccinated and you plan to socialise, please do so safely and meet outdoors. Please avoid crowds, wear a mask where appropriate, wash your hands, manage your contacts and maintain your social distance.

"If you develop symptoms of Covid-19 over the weekend, make sure to arrange a test as soon as possible and don’t put it off until Monday to contact your GP or attend a testing centre."

Earlier today, HSE chief Paul Reid warned the growth in the Delta variant will outmatch the supply of vaccines in the coming weeks.

He said they are closing the gap between vaccination and the variant but the more infectious variant is ahead at this point.

Although 347,000 people were given a vaccine last week it will drop to 280,000 next week as supplies fall. Supplies will dip in July, he added.

"We need to be honest with the public, over the next few weeks, there is an exposure."

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Delta variant cases will peak in August but the vaccination roll out will not be able to outpace it.

"We wish we had more time and supplies to stay ahead of the pace of growth of the Delta variant," he said.

The HSE still does not know the impact the rise in cases will have on hospitalisations but they will inevitably increase.

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