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Coronavirus Ireland: nine further deaths and 522 new cases confirmed


Dr Ronan Glynn. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Dr Ronan Glynn. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Dr Ronan Glynn. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

There have been nine further deaths of people with Covid-19 and 522 new cases of the virus confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

This takes the number of people who have died with coronavirus in Ireland to 4,405, while the total case count within the State has risen to 222,169.

There are 426 people with Covid-19 in hospitals as of 2pm today, of which 102 are in ICU. 34 people have been hospitalised with the virus in the last 24 hours while 43 Covid patients were discharged.

Four deaths occurred in March, three occurred in February and one in January. The date of one of the deaths is under investigation.

The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 69-94 years.

There have been 280 new cases in Dublin, 28 in Meath, 28 in Kildare, 26 in Cork and 19 in Donegal and the remaining 141 cases are spread across 19 other counties.

Carlow and Leitrim recorded no new cases.

Of the cases notified today; 275 are men and 243 are women; 67pc are under 45 years of age and the median age is 33 years old.

The national 14-day incidence rate has fallen to 185 cases per 100,000 people.

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460,637 doses of vaccine have been administered as of Tuesday, March 2, of which 316,056 are first doses and 144,581 second doses.

Earlier today it was confirmed that the HSE will not meet its target of 100,000 vaccine doses administered for next week due to a temporary shortfall in Astrazeneca supplies. It is believed the HSE will now deliver 84,000 doses next week.

The HSE also fell short of its target last week and is forecast to do so for this week, but it is expected the shortfall will be corrected by the end of the month.

The Astrazeneca shipments in question are 75,000 doses less than originally expected.

Chief Clinical Officer Colm Henry today said that most of the over 85 cohort will have received their first shot this week but admitted between 600 and 800 will not receive their first dose until next week due to issues for some GP practices.

People aged between 16 and 69 who have underlying conditions that make them at-risk to severe infection with Covid-19 are also due to begin receiving their first dose next week.

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