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latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: 988 new cases, 26 further deaths

Of the cases notified today, 378 are in Dublin, 68 in Galway, 61 in Kildare, 47 in Limerick, 45 in Louth and the remaining 389 cases are spread across all other counties.

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Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer,.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer,.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer,.

There have been 988 new cases of Covid-19 and 26 further deaths linked to the virus, the Department of Health confirmed this evening.

Twenty-four of these deaths occurred in February, one in January and one in October.

The median age of those who died was 81 years and the age range was 58-98 years.

This brings the death toll to 4,135, while there is now a total of 214,378 confirmed cases of the virus.

Of the cases notified today, 378 are in Dublin, 68 in Galway, 61 in Kildare, 47 in Limerick, 45 in Louth and the remaining 389 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of 8am today, 719 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, 149 of which are in ICU. Thirty-six additional hospitalisations occured in the past 24 hours.

As of Wednesday, 310,900 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland.

A total of 197,609 people have received their first dose and 113,291 people have received their second dose.

Meanwhile, Dr Colm Henry, HSE chief clinical officer, has said there are fears that the newly-discovered Brazilian mutation of coronavirus in Ireland may be more transmissible.

Three cases have been detected in the Republic for the first time.

All are directly associated with recent travel from the South American country, the authorities said.

He told RTE Radio 1: “It may well be more transmissible.

“As to whether or not it is more resistant to the neutralising antibodies that is created by vaccines, we don’t know yet.

“We know from the South African variant that shares some traits that it has a greater resistance but is still susceptible to vaccines. But of course it is worrying.”

The cases are being followed up by public health teams and enhanced measures have been put in place.

The Brazil variant could be much more contagious or easy to catch than the original version of coronavirus.

It has undergone changes to its spike protein – the part of the virus which attaches to human cells.

It first emerged in July.

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