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Latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: 1,758 new Covid-19 cases as 90,000 youngsters register for vaccine

There are now 248 people in hospitals, 48 of whom are in Intensive Care Units

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A further 1,758 cases of Covid-19 have been reported by the Department of Health this afternoon.

There are now 248 people in hospitals, 48 of whom are in Intensive Care Units.

The daily cases are down on Saturday’s, when there were 2,074 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

On Saturday there were 229 Covid-19 patients in hospital, 43 of whom were being treated in intensive care.

The continuing high numbers prompted HSE chief executive Paul Reid to express concern, with hospital admissions increasing sixfold in the last six weeks, but he said vaccinations were keeping people out of hospital.

Mr Reid has also confirmed 90,000 young people in the 12 to 15 age group have registered for a Covid-19 vaccine.

"We now have almost 90,000 12-15 year olds who are registered on the portal or may have just received it directly from a GP,” he said.

"There's 30,000 in total vaccines administered to 12-15 year olds since we commenced on Friday in some locations, but primarily yesterday,” he told RTE’s This week.

Teenagers in the age group will receive either a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in a vaccination centre, and parent or guardian consent is needed.

As children prepare to return to school next month, Mr Reid said: "We're working with the Department of Education, our public health team on the whole process around return to school, but that will be one of the measures that we have in place, because people are much higher protected with vaccinations."

Mr Reid confirmed that 90pc of the population is now partially vaccinated, while 81pc are fully vaccinated.

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