738 new circumstances of Covid-19 and 13 additional deaths

738 new circumstances of Covid-19 and 13 additional deaths

There have been 13 additional coronavirus-related deaths and 738 new circumstances of the illness confirmed to the Division of Well being.

Ten of those deaths occurred in February, one occurred in January, one occurred in October and the date of loss of life stays underneath investigation in a single different case.

The median age of those that died was 81 years and the age vary was 55 – 92 years.

There was a complete of 4,313 Covid-19 associated deaths in Eire. The cumulative complete variety of infections is 218,980.

The variety of individuals in ICU with Covid-19 is 135, that’s one lower than yesterday. There are 550 sufferers with the illness in hospital with 27 further hospitalisations up to now 24 hours.

Of the circumstances notified at this time 356 are males and 378 are girls with 71% underneath 45 years of age.

There have been 311 circumstances reported in Dublin, 54 in Limerick, 36 in Cork, 34 in Offaly, 33 in Donegal and the remaining 270 circumstances are unfold throughout 20 different counties.

As of Wednesday, 24 February, 391,355 doses of Covid vaccines have been administered in Eire. 254,948 individuals have acquired their first dose and 136,407 individuals have acquired their second dose.

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The 14-day incidence fee of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants is 215.8. This compares to 250.2 every week in the past and 674.2 one month in the past.

Counties with the very best an infection charges embody Offaly (406.6), Longford (305.8) and Dublin (290.9). Counties with the bottom charges embody Kerry (46), Cork (68.9) and Kilkenny (89.7).

Earlier, the chair of the Covid-19 Vaccination Taskforce mentioned that near half one million vaccine doses ought to be administered by the tip of subsequent week.

Prof Brian MacCraith mentioned the infrastructure can be in place to offer a million vaccines a month by quarter two and two million a month, or 500,000 every week, in quarter three.

Talking to RTÉ’s Saturday with Katie Hannon, Prof MacCraith mentioned that primarily based on provides persevering with, a devoted vaccine workforce of over 2,000 individuals, on high of GPs and pharmacists, can be employed to roll out the vaccines.

He mentioned that there would be the potential at 37 mass vaccination centres in quarter three to manage 300,000 vaccines every week and a further 200,000 vaccinations every week at small centres in every county. 

Virtually 400,000 doses had been administered as much as final Wednesday, 150,000 in long-term care services, over 200,000 to frontline healthcare staff, and virtually 30,000 to over 85s.

He mentioned the purpose is to finish first-dose vaccination of over 85s by the tip of this week and mentioned they are going to get their second-dose in mid-Might.

In parallel to that, vaccination of these aged 80-84 may also start this week.

He mentioned {that a} particular sub-group of individuals with medical situations, who’ve been moved as much as precedence Stage 4, will start to be vaccinated from 8 March.

These are individuals whose medical situation places them at excessive danger of extreme sickness or loss of life from Covid-19 and contains some most cancers, immunocompromised and kidney sufferers.

He mentioned 1.25 million doses ought to be administered by the tip of quarter one and that he “has a excessive diploma of confidence” that over one million vaccines a month can be administered in April, Might and June.

In the meantime Well being Minister Stephen Donnelly has praised what he known as “extra robust proof” for the way nicely vaccines on working.

“Mass testing of 1 Dublin hospital this week returned simply 4 optimistic circumstances from 3,150 exams. That is a positivity fee of simply 0.13%,” he mentioned on Twitter.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar mentioned that the positivity fee had falled under 4% for the primary time since mid-December.

“Progress might need slowed but it surely positively has not stalled,” he mentioned on Twitter, responding to new information exhibiting there have been 692 optimistic swabs from 18,008 exams, a 3.84% positivity fee.

Earlier, HSE Chief Govt Paul Reid mentioned whereas healthcare groups are exhausted, the very fact they’re getting vaccinated and indicators that that is serving to cut back transmission is giving everybody a “second wind”. 

The roll-out of vaccines by GPs to individuals aged 85 years and older will proceed at centres arrange at Munster Know-how College in Cork Metropolis and Merlin Park in Galway, forward of the supply of 44,000 vaccines to a different 500 GP practices nationwide from Monday. 

All individuals arriving into Eire from South America will now additionally must bear necessary quarantine after 13 states had been added to the record of high-risk nations by the Minister for Well being final evening. 

The Division of Well being in Northern Eire has reported two additional deaths because of Covid-19 and 184 individuals have examined optimistic for the virus within the final 24 hours.

Elsewhere, specialists on the US Meals and Drug Administration voted unanimously final evening to authorise Johnson and Johnson’s single shot Covid-19 vaccine to be used in america.

The European Medicines Company is predicted to observe go well with in 12 days’ time.  

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