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14 deaths, 539 new COVID-19 cases confirmed yesterday; half a million COVID-19 vaccines administered in Ireland

DUBLIN: The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) reports that 539 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed yesterday in Ireland. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 222,699.

The health department also confirmed that 14 more people died due to COVID-19. Nine of these deaths occurred in March, one in February and four in January. With this, the death toll from Coronavirus now stands at 4,419.

Of the cases notified, 295 were men and 240 were women. 69% were under 45 years of age and the median age was 33 years old.

The highest number of cases were recorded in Dublin (245). Of the remaining cases, 42 were reported in Meath, 29 in Kildare, 26 in Limerick, 24 in Cork and the remaining 173 cases are spread across 19 other counties.

A total of 414 COVID-19 patients were hospitalised, with 101 in ICU.

The 14-day incidence rate of the virus per 100,000 population in Ireland is now 185.1.

Half a million COVID-19 vaccines administered

Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed yesterday that Ireland has reached the milestone of half a million COVID-19 vaccines administered. “Just been informed by the HSE that we have passed the half a million mark of COVID Vaccine doses administered,” he tweeted.

“Good news. The vaccines are having a significant impact on mortality and serious illness. This can be seen in the reduced levels of infection in our nursing homes and amongst our frontline healthcare workers. This brings hope, along with the continued fall in COVID numbers thanks to the sacrifices you have been making,” the Taoiseach added.

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