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Cases latest Coronavirus Ireland: One further death and 306 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

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Covid-19 checkpoints on O'Connell St in Dublin

Covid-19 checkpoints on O'Connell St in Dublin

Covid-19 checkpoints on O'Connell St in Dublin

There have been one further Covid-19 related death while 306 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

This brings the official death toll to 2,053 while the number of total cases in the republic has risen to 72,544.

Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has resulted in the denotification of three confirmed cases and an adjusted total of 72,544.

As of 2pm today, a total of 244 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, 31 of whom are in ICU. There were three additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

The breakdown of today's cases is as follows:

  • 156 are men / 148 are women
  • 67% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 35 years old
  • 108 cases are in Dublin, 30 in Limerick, 22 in Galway, 17 in Donegal, 15 in Wicklow, 14 in Cork and the remaining 100 cases are spread across 18 other counties.

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Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

These figures come as Health Minister Stephen Donnelly earlier said the roll out of vaccines for Covid-19 could begin in January.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said he will unveil the large-scale logistics plan to distribute the vaccines to the public on December 11.

Ireland is in line to receive four different vaccines against Covid-19, pending authorisation.

It is believed healthcare workers and vulnerable people will be first in line to receive a vaccine when they have been authorised by the European Medicines Agency.

Elsewhere in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health confirmed ten further deaths and 290 new cases of Covid-19.

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