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COVID-19: 1,173 New Cases In Ireland

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

05:43 16 Jul 2021


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There have been 1,173 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Ireland.

Latest available figures show there are 79 people in hospital with the virus - 23 of these are in ICU.

The Department of Health says these numbers may change due to a future data review.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, says those who are unvaccinated remain at high risk.

"We continue to experience rapid increases in the incidence of the disease in the community, with cases increasing in 22 out of 26 counties and with the greatest majority of cases occurring in people who have not yet been fully vaccinated.

"The current trajectory of the highly transmissible Delta variant across the country means that unvaccinated people are at high risk of contracting COVID-19, with just over 50% of today's cases aged between 19-34 years old.

"We need those who are waiting for full vaccination to take every precaution this weekend and adhere strongly to the public health advice as they await their vaccines - limiting social contacts, meeting outdoors, staying two metres apart, wearing masks and avoiding international travel."

He adds: "If you are experiencing symptoms of cold and flu: headache, sore throat, runny nose, please let your close contacts know, stay at home and get tested as soon as possible for COVID-19."

It comes as more than five million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have now been administered in Ireland.

Over 60% of adults are now fully vaccinated, while 75% of adults have had at least one dose.

Wile the legislation around indoor dining has passed through the Seanad, after passing all stages in the Dáil earlier this week.

It will initially only be open to people who are vaccinated or recovered from the virus.

The bill is expected to be signed into law next week.

And Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said it is now planned that indoor hospitality will be able to re-open from July 26th under the proposed legislation.

He said work is underway to finalise the guidelines for that re-opening - along with plans for an app reader.


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