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Today: 3,216 Covid-19 Cases On Island Of Ireland.

In the Republic of Ireland there have been 1,782 new Covid-19 cases confirmed today by the Department of Health. There are 189 people in our hospitals who have tested positive for the virus, and of these, 30 are receiving care in ICU’s.

In Northern Ireland, sadly, there have been 4 further Covid-related deaths reported, together with 1,434 further new cases. There remain 226 Covid-positive patients in the norths hospitals, with 37 requiring critical care.

The Health Service Executive’s Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Colm Henry, has stated the rate of Covid-19 cases appears to be growing more slowly than first expected, however, he continues to urge caution when attending all outdoor gatherings at this stage of our vaccination programme.

A total of 10 ‘walk-in vaccination clinics’ were open around the Republic of Ireland today including the Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel, in south Co. Tipperary and the Abbeycourt Hotel, Nenagh, in north Co. Tipperary, for people over the age of 16 years.

Please Note: Times and locations are subject to change, with the most up to-date information available on the HSE website [https://vaccine.hse.ie/.]

Between July 20th and August 2nd (14 Day period) there have been recorded 489 newly confirmed cases in the 8 electoral areas of Co. Tipperary; shown here as follows:- Thurles 58; Cashel/Tipperary 167; Cahir 12; Roscrea/Templemore 26; Nenagh 20; Clonmel l29; Newport 52; Carraig-on-Suir 25.

In the Premier county there are two areas with rates below 100 cases per 100,000; these are named as Nenagh, Co. Tipperary (94) and Cahir, Co. Tipperary (82).

Some 90% of the population, aged over 16, have now registered to obtain a vaccine.

The online registration system for 12 to 15-year-olds is fully expected to open next Thursday, August 13th, 2021.

The positivity rate in testing centres is about 12% and but continuing to rise since the reopening of hospitality. There have been outbreaks in hotels and other different accommodation settings.

Warning:
Cases of the relatively new coronavirus variant, first discovered in Colombia in January, and known so far as VUI-21JUL-01 or B.1.621, have been detected in six regions within the UK, with most being detected in the London area. Early evidence suggests that current coronavirus jabs are less effective against this new strain of the virus, however current data is extremely limited and more research is required.

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