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Dr Ronan Glynn (Julien Behal Photography/PA)

Dr Ronan Glynn (Julien Behal Photography/PA)

Dr Ronan Glynn (Julien Behal Photography/PA)

Another 582 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed by the National Public Health and Emergency Team (Nphet) this evening.

No further deaths linked to the virus were reported.

The total number of deaths related to Covid-19 stands at 4,566, while there is now a total of 228, 796 cases.

Of the cases notified today, 156 are in Dublin, 23 in Meath, 19 in Donegal, 15 in Louth, 14 in Kildare and the remaining 198 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

There are 345 people with the virus have been hospitalised, 83 of which are in ICU.

As of March 15, 620,580 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland.

A total of 455,182 people have received their first dose and 165,398 people have received their second dose.

Meanwhile, the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine was today ruled “safe and effective” by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

However, the European regulator said it “cannot rule out definitively” a link between “a small number of cases of rare and unusual but very serious blood clotting disorders” and the vaccine, though investigations were ongoing.

Emer Cooke, EMA executive director, said this situation was not unexpected, adding that “when you vaccinate millions of people” such reports of rare events will occur.

The EMA has concluded there is no overall increase in the risk of blood clots with the vaccine, and in fact it is likely to reduce the overall risk of clots.

Ms Cooke told a press briefing: “The committee has come to a clear scientific conclusion.

“This is a safe and effective vaccine. Its benefits in protecting people from Covid-19, with the associated risks of death and hospitalisation, outweigh the possible risks.

“The committee also concluded that the vaccine is not associated with an increase in the overall risk of thromboembolic events, or blood clots.”

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