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Latest figures Covid-19 Ireland: 11 further deaths and 420 new cases reported

There has now been a total of 242,819 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

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A member of the swab team working at the Covid-19 test centre at DkIT last year. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan / Newspics

A member of the swab team working at the Covid-19 test centre at DkIT last year. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan / Newspics

A member of the swab team working at the Covid-19 test centre at DkIT last year. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan / Newspics

Another 420 cases of Covid-19 and 11 deaths linked to the virus have been reported by the National Public Health and Emergency Team (Nphet) this evening.

This brings the total number of cases to 242,819 while there has now been 4,831 deaths related to the virus.

Of the deaths reported today, three occurred in April, one occurred in March, two in February and five occurred in January or earlier.

Of the cases notfied today, 147 are in Dublin, 41 in Meath, 33 in Donegal, 26 in Galway, 18 in Limerick and the remaining 155 cases are spread across all other counties.

Meanwhile, HSE chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry today urged people in the 60-69 age group to take the coronavirus vaccine.

Dr Henry said people in their 60s have “much more to fear” from Covid-19 than they do from the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Dr Colm Henry said cases of blood clotting are “extraordinarily rare” and appealed to anybody in the 60-69 age group to have the vaccination.

The chief clinical officer’s comments came as the Health Service Executive’s Covid-19 vaccine registration portal opened to people aged 68.

“AstraZeneca vaccine is a really good vaccine,” Dr Henry told Newstalk Breakfast on Friday.

“I know there was bad publicity, and there’s talk and concern over what have been a very small number of cases.”

But he said more than 35 million doses have been administered in the UK and the EU to date and in-depth analysis has shown 88 “extraordinarily rare” blood clotting cases, and that these cases have “rarely ever” been reported in older people.

He said this is why the National Immunisation Advisory Council has advised against using the AstraZeneca jab in younger people.

He emphasised that the chance of getting seriously sick from Covid-19 and ending up in hospital and ICU is significantly higher for people in their 60s than younger people.

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“I would say to anyone between 60 and 69 who is offered the AstraZeneca vaccine: take it and register,” he added.

“You’ve much more to fear from the virus than you have from the vaccine.”

On Thursday, more than 30,000 people, aged 69, registered for the vaccination through the portal.

HSE has said it will take three weeks to give the first doses to people aged 65-69 and a further three weeks for the 60-64 age group.


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