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There are 215 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland and one further death, the Department of Health has confirmed.

This bring the total number of cases to 74,682, and the death toll to 2,097.

Of the cases notified today, 74 are in Dublin, 22 in Donegal, 15 in Kilkenny, 14 in Louth, 11 in Limerick and the remaining 79 cases are spread across 18 other counties.

The median age is 37 years old and 60 pc are under 45 years of age.

Overall, 210 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, 31 of which are in ICU.

Meanwhile, a British grandmother became the first in the world to receive Pfizer’s Covid-19 jab outside a clinical trial today as the NHS began its mass vaccination programme across the UK.

Margaret Keenan, 90, was given the jab in Coventry at 6.31am on Tuesday, marking the start of a phased NHS rollout of the vaccine to older people, health staff and care home workers.

Jabs will be administered at 70 hospital hubs across the UK from Tuesday – dubbed “V-Day” by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Mrs Keenan, who turns 91 next week and has a daughter, a son and four grandchildren, received the vaccine from nurse May Parsons at University Hospital in Coventry.

Known to family and friends as Maggie, Mrs Keenan said: “I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against Covid-19.

“It’s the best early birthday present I could wish for because it means I can finally look forward to spending time with my family and friends in the new year after being on my own for most of the year.

“I can’t thank May and the NHS staff enough who have looked after me tremendously, and my advice to anyone offered the vaccine is to take it – if I can have it at 90 then you can have it too.”

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