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Latest figures Coronavirus: Eight further deaths and 309 new cases reported

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Photo: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Photo: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Photo: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Another 309 Covid-19 cases and eight further deaths linked to the virus have been reported by the National Public Health and Emergency Team (Nphet) this evening.

This brings the total number of cases to 242,402 and the total number of coronavirus-related fatalities to 4,820.

Of the cases notified today, 107 are in Dublin, 30 in Kildare, 14 in Offaly, 21 in Meath,14 in Limerick and the remaining 104 cases are spread across 18 other counties.

As of 8am today, 184 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 51 are in ICU.

Today, nine thousand people aged 69 have used the HSE’s new vaccination portal within the first hour of its opening.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin declared the uptake online as "great to see".

The gateway to register for a jab opened at 10am today and no early problems were reported — despite online complaints and mockery of the 39 steps involved in setting up an account to be successfully registered.

There is thought to be up to 40,000 69-year-olds in Ireland, this means a quarter of them registered for a vaccine in the first hour.

People aged 69 will be able to register today, 68-year-olds can register from Friday, 67-year-olds from Saturday, 66-year-olds from Sunday and 65-year-olds from next Monday.

Those who have done so have been promised a jab within one or two weeks.

“Nine thousand registered in the first hour and generally each took under ten minutes to do so, with some considerably less (time),” a spokesperson said.

He added: “Five hundred have registered by phone. It’s going smoothly.”

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People who do not want to use the online portal — and the Department of Health accepts there may be many older people in this category — may avail of the phone line HSELive on 1850 24 1850 to register their applications.

Today is the first time the portal is open to the public, having previously been used by healthcare workers. This portal will also be used for the wider population in the roll-out from now on as age groups are invited to apply for a vaccine in descending order.


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