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Nine deaths and 379 new COVID-19 cases confirmed yesterday; over half a million people fully vaccinated in Ireland

DUBLIN: The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has confirmed 379 new COVID-19 cases in Ireland yesterday. The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 253,567.

The NPHET also confirmed that nine further deaths have been recorded in the country, bringing the death toll from COVID-19 to 4,929.

Of the cases confirmed yesterday,

● 190 are men and 185 are women

● 77% are under 45 years of age

● The median age is 29

171 of the new cases are in Dublin, 27 are in Donegal, 28 are in Kildare, 24 are in Limerick, 22 are in Cork and the remaining 107 cases are spread across 18 other counties.

As of yesterday morning, 117 COVID-19 patients were being treated in hospitals across Ireland, with 36 in intensive care units.

The 14-day incidence rate in Ireland is 128.1 per 100,000 of the population. Donegal has the highest incidence rate at 253.2 cases per 100,000 population, followed by Kildare and Dublin at 251.2 and 191.2 respectively. Silgo (12.2), Kerry (14.2) and Mayo (33.7 have the lowest incidence rates.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, said: “We need to continue to focus on the measures that we know can protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19.

“The two primary targets as we try to exit the pandemic are vaccination and low transmission. If we can keep cases low and continue to vaccinate as many people as possible, we will find ourselves in a very different risk environment where we can see further easing of measures.”

“Our task now is to keep the disease under control by following the basic measures and taking up our vaccine when it is offered to us,” he added.

Over half a million people fully vaccinated

As of 9 May, 1,848,747 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in Ireland. 1,347,561 people received their first dose, and 501,186 received their second dose. The figure shows that more than half a million people have now been fully vaccinated in Ireland. People aged 52 can register for their vaccination today.

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