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COVID-19: 763 new cases and 28 deaths were confirmed in Ireland yesterday, including three cases of Brazilian variant

DUBLIN: The Department of Health has confirmed that three cases of the new variant of COVID-19, first detected in Brazil has been identified in Ireland.

The department said that all three cases related to the P1 variant are directly related to recent travel from Brazil.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn said those who recently came from Brazil and those from the 19 countries recently included in ‘Category 2’ by the health minister should abide by the 14-day home quarantine rule.

This P1 variant has previously been found in European countries, including France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

There is currently no microbiological or epidemiological evidence of any change in transmissibility of P1 variant. The deputy CMO said that further studies are needed to determine whether the current vaccine is effective for this variant and how severe the infection is.

COVID-19 cases and deaths

A further 763 COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths related to COVID-19 were reported in the country yesterday. A total of 754 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 151 are in ICU.

The median age of those who died was 79 years and the age range was 32 to 97 years. Of the cases, 370 were men and 388 were women. The median age was 30 years.

There were 251 cases in Dublin, 84 in Galway, 57 in Kildare, 47 in Limerick, 42 in Waterford and the remaining 282 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of February 16, 293,752 vaccine doses had been administered in Ireland. The health department said 187,893 people were given the first dose and 105,859 people the second dose.

Violations and fines continue

Officials say Gardai has fined more than 8,000 people for breaching the COVID-19 regulations. Of these, more than 6,500 were related to non-essential travel.

A total of 7,950 fines were imposed for violating public health regulations. A total of 6,297 €100 fines were issued for non-essential travel. While a further 263 €500 fines for non-essential journeys to ports and airports.

About 200 people were fined €500 for organising a house party. A total of 747 people who attended such parties were fined €150 each. Around 155 people were fined €80 for not wearing face masks.

Gardaí said that 620 court prosecutions have been initiated to date for those in breach of the regulations.

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