As of April 23, 1,359,921 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in Ireland, of which 966,611 people have received their first dose and 393,310 people have received their second.
Yesterday Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced that one million first doses of Covid-19 vaccinations had been administered in Ireland.
“Great work by all the vaccination teams and GPs across the country,” he said on Twitter.
Today, several restrictions have been lifted, with some outdoor sports now being permitted. They are primarily non-contact sports like golf and tennis. However, these sports can only take place with a maximum of two households.
In addition, zoos have also reopened. Dublin Zoo, Fota Wildlife Park in Cork, and Tayto Park in Meath will all be reopening parts of their facilities as a result. Pet farms are similarly allowed to welcome visitors.
Funeral restrictions have also changed, with 25 people now permitted to attend one. However, there has been no increase in the number of people allowed to go to a wedding.
In regards to attending mass, the Taoiseach said on The Week in Politics on RTÉ yesterday that: “We said we would examine religious services. But we understand the danger of indoor.”
Meanwhile, the Covid-19 situation in India remains dangerous, as hospitals across the country are turning away patients after running out of medical oxygen and beds.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said that Ireland will help India with equipment and supplies.
“We are assessing a plan to provide oxygen and ventilators to India working with the EU,” he said on Twitter.
Former President and UN Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson has called for political pressure to support an international campaign for intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines to be waived. This would allow vaccine production to be increased globally.
“The experts are very clear, even if one country does not have access to vaccines, it will not guarantee that the rest of the world will be safe, simply because you'll have variants that we are actually seeing,” she said on RTÉ's Drivetime.
Last year South Africa and India jointly requested that the World Trade Organization temporarily suspend intellectual property. However, their push proved to be unsuccessful.