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Latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: Two further deaths and 383 new Covid-19 cases

The Covid-19 online registration system opened today for people in their fifties, beginning with people aged 59.

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Irish Defence Forces members Private Jason McCannon and Private Joey Heeney waiting to take Covid-19 swabs at St Peregrine’s GAA club in Mulduddart. Photo: Frank McGrath

Irish Defence Forces members Private Jason McCannon and Private Joey Heeney waiting to take Covid-19 swabs at St Peregrine’s GAA club in Mulduddart. Photo: Frank McGrath

Irish Defence Forces members Private Jason McCannon and Private Joey Heeney waiting to take Covid-19 swabs at St Peregrine’s GAA club in Mulduddart. Photo: Frank McGrath

There have been two further deaths and 383 more Covid-19 cases, the Department of Health confirmed today.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 250,672 and the total number of coronavirus-related fatalities to 4,908.

A total of 144 people are currently in hospital with the illness, 41 of whom are in ICU.

The Covid-19 online registration system opened today for people in their fifties, beginning with people aged 59.

People in the 50-59 age bracket will be able to register for the jab over the next 10 days.

It comes as the Cabinet is due to consider the latest advice from the HSE recommending to Government that it continues to vaccinate people based on their age.

The Health Minister had ordered a review into the rollout of the State vaccination programme after changes to the advice on the use of the four Covid vaccines.

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has recently recommended that all four vaccines can be administered to people over the age of 50, but only Pfizer and Moderna vaccines should be given to people under 50.

It is understood the HSE has advised the Government to continue with its current plan.

It means younger people are unlikely to be immunised ahead, or in tandem, with people from an older age category.

As of May 1, a total of 1,591,888 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered in Ireland – 1,146,562 first doses and 445,326 second doses.

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