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Coronavirus Ireland Nine further deaths and 379 new Covid-19 cases confirmed

As of 2pm today, there were 117 Covid-19 patients in Irish hospitals, of which 34 are in ICU

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Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

There have been nine further deaths of people with Covid-19 and 379 new cases of the virus confirmed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet).

This brings the number of people who have died with Covid-19 in Ireland to 4,929, while the total number of infections in Ireland now stands at 253,567.

As of 2pm today, there were 117 Covid-19 patients in Irish hospitals, of which 34 are in ICU. There have been four admissions to ICUs in the last 24 hours.

More than 1.8m doses of a Covid-19 vaccine have been administered, while over 500,000 people are now fully vaccinated, according to latest HSE data.

1,347,561 people had received at least one dose as of Sunday, May 9.

A decision by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) on whether the age limit for the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be lowered is expected this week.

Up to 200,000 45-49 year-olds could be fully vaccinated with the J&J vaccine alone in June should the advice on the one-shot vaccine change.

The HSE is believed to be asking if the age restriction around the one-shot vaccine can be lowered from 50 to 45.

The move would accelerate the vaccination roll-out and help ease the way for more significant lifting of restrictions over June and July.

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