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Latest figures No further deaths and 821 new Covid-19 cases confirmed

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There has been no further Covid-19 related deaths while 821 new cases of the virus have been confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

This brings the Covid-19 death toll to 3,948 while the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland now stands at 210,402.

Of the cases notified today, 430 are male and 389 are female.

A total of 333 of the new cases are in Dublin, 91 in Galway, 53 in Limerick, 41 in Kildare, 38 in Meath and the remaining 265 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of 8am today, 916 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 157 are in ICU. 40 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of Friday 12 February, 265,237 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “With the commencement of vaccination of people aged over 85 in the community, today marks a significant milestone as we seek to protect the most vulnerable from this pandemic.

"It is an extraordinary testament to science that less than one year since our first case in Ireland, we are now in the process of rolling out three effective vaccines.

"The challenge now is to continue to suppress this disease so that as many people as possible can benefit from these vaccines over the coming months.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; “The current patterns remind us of the care we need to take to stay safe. In our workplaces and our colleges especially, we need to take care to stay safe until we are all protected by a vaccine.”

Dr Lorraine Doherty, National Clinical Director Health Protection HSE - Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), said; “From today, the over 85 age sub-cohort, which accounts for approximately 72,500 people, will receive their first vaccine over the coming weeks. This week, a total of 116 GP practices will participate in the rollout with an estimated 374 GP’s taking part.

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