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COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in Ireland, as is the number of people hospitalized with virus

DUBLIN: The Department of Health has confirmed two further deaths and 769 new cases of COVID-19 in Ireland yesterday. It is the most COVID cases reported in Ireland in the last three weeks.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ireland is now 230,599. The death toll from COVID-19 is 4,587.

Of the cases confirmed yesterday,

● 381 are men and 378 are women

● 75% are under 45 years of age

● The median age is 32

● 284 of the new cases are in Dublin, 67 in Donegal, 47 in Offaly, 45 in Meath, 44 in Kildare, and the remaining 282 cases are spread across 20 other counties.  

As of yesterday morning, 360 COVID-19 patients were hospitalised, with 82 in ICU.

The 14-day incidence rate in Ireland is 150 per 100,000 of the population. With 411 cases per 100,000 population, Offaly has the highest incidence rate, followed by Longford at 296 and Kildare at 249.

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that there has been a slight increase in the number of people hospitalized with the COVID-19 this weekend. “A slight increase again this weekend would give us concern around trends, particularly in line with some of the cases we’re seeing come through this weekend, a slight rise in cases would give us concern,” he said.

As of 18 March, 654,251doses of the vaccine were administered in Ireland. Of these, 478,725 people received their first dose and 175,526 received their second dose.

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