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Latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: No deaths and 437 new cases of Covid-19 as Simon Harris says vaccine targets should come with 'caveat'

Simon Harris said today the Government is between “a rock and a hard place” in giving vaccination targets if batches of vaccine fail to arrive.

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Dr. Tony Holohan Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health at a Covid-19 press briefing

Dr. Tony Holohan Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health at a Covid-19 press briefing

Dr. Tony Holohan Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health at a Covid-19 press briefing

There have been no further deaths of people with Covid-19 and 437 new cases of coronavirus confirmed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) today.

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland remains at 4,422, while the total number of confirmed cases has now risen to 223,651.*

Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has resulted in the denotification of five confirmed cases which is reflected in the above figure.

There were 418 Covid-19 patients in hospital as of 8am today, of which 103 cases are in ICU. There were 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 216 are men / 218 are women
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 34 years old
  • 184 are in Dublin, 31 in Limerick, 26 in Donegal, 20 in Galway, 18 in Offaly and the remaining 158 cases are spread across all other counties.

A total of 513,322 vaccines have been administered in Ireland, with 363,601 of these being first doses and 149,721 second doses, according to latest data reported on Friday, March 5.

Meanwhile, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said today the Government is between “a rock and a hard place” in giving vaccination targets if batches of vaccine fail to arrive.

There has been criticism over the failure to meet vaccination targets in recent weeks after AstraZeneca delivery shortfalls.

Former health minister, Mr Harris said the country is “on track” to have the “overwhelming majority” of adults vaccinated with the first dose by June and fully vaccinated by the end of September.

He said that while the Government faces backlash for failing to meet targets after batches are not delivered, it should keep sharing information on vaccine targets with people with a “caveat”.

“Government does find itself sometimes between a rock and a hard place on this issue.

“[The] Government says in good faith, the HSE intends to vaccinate x amount of people. Then you find out of the blue that an order of vaccines doesn’t arrive at short notice."

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