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Virus fears Coronavirus Ireland: One death and 520 new Covid-19 cases amid warnings of fourth wave


Covid-19 test (stock image)

Covid-19 test (stock image)

Covid-19 test (stock image)

One more person has died after contracting Covid-19 while 520 new cases of the virus were announced today.

The latest figures bring the death toll from the illness to 4,588 while the total number of confirmed cases now stands at 231,119.

As of 8am this morning, 359 people were in hospital with Covid-19, 81 of whom are in ICU.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 258 are men / 262 are women
  • 79% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 28 years old
  • 242 are in Dublin, 36 in Meath, 30 in Offaly, 29 in Kildare, 25 in Wicklow and the remaining 158 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

Over 668,000 vaccine doses have been administered as of Friday, March 19, according to latest HSE data, with 487,466 first doses and 181,063 second doses given.

This equates to almost one in ten people in Ireland having received at least one vaccine dose.

It comes as a senior health official has warned Ireland is in danger of facing another wave of Covid-19 cases.

The HSE’s lead for infection control, Professor Martin Cormican, described case numbers as “stuck” and possibly rising.

Sunday saw 769 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed by the Department of Health, the highest daily increase in cases reported since Friday February 26.

Prof Cormican told RTE Radio 1’s Morning Ireland programme: “[Cases] are pretty much stuck, possibly going back upwards a bit. There’s a real danger of another surge.

“We certainly all hoped to be in a better place than we are. We need to deal with the reality of where we are and we need to be very careful.”

Mr Cormican described the increase in case numbers as disappointing and urged the public to continue in their social distancing efforts because the more people come together the more the virus spreads.

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