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A member of the swab team working at the Covid-19 test centre at DkIT last year. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan / Newspics

A member of the swab team working at the Covid-19 test centre at DkIT last year. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan / Newspics

A member of the swab team working at the Covid-19 test centre at DkIT last year. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan / Newspics

There have been 12 further deaths and 431 more Covid-19 cases, the Department of Health confirmed today.

This brings the total number of cases in the State to 242,105 and the total number of coronavirus-related fatalities to 4,812.

Of the deaths reported today, four occurred in April, two in March and six in January.

The median age of those who died was 76 years and the age range was 42-91 years.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 204 are men / 226 are women
  • 70pc are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 33 years old

160 are people in Dublin, 50 in Kildare, 34 in Donegal, 21 in Meath, 20 in Limerick and the remaining 146 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

As of 8am today, 192 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 49 are in ICU. There were 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of April 12, 1,076,216 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland. Some 758,763 people have received their first dose and 317,453 people have received their second dose.

It emerged today that Ireland is to get 545,000 extra doses of Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine from April to June.

It followed a decision by Pfizer to add an additional 50 million doses to its deliveries to the EU in the second quarter.

It will mean that Ireland will get 2.6 million doses of Pfizer vaccine over the three months.

This is enough to vaccinate 1.3 million people.

The announcement comes as some relief as the vaccination roll out here has to be reorganised.

"Welcome news that Ireland will be receiving close to 545,000 extra BioNTech-Pfizer vaccines, starting this month,” Taoiseach Micheál Martin said.

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This followed the decision to confine the AstraZeneca vaccine to the over 60s because of a very small risk of blood clots.

Johnson and Johnson deliveries here have also been put on hold as the FDA and the EMA examine reports of a small number of blood clots in people who got the vaccine.

Around 40,000 of the one shot vaccine were due here this month with 605,000 expected over April to June.

EU resident Ursula von der Leyen said the earlier deliveries, which will start this month, will take total supplies to the EU from Pfizer to 250 million doses in the second quarter of this year.

“I want to thank BioNTech-Pfizer. It has proven to be a reliable partner. It has delivered on its commitments, and it is responsive to our needs,” said von der Leyen.

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