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Covid-19 Cases On Irish Mainland Number 2,593 Today.

The Department of Health has confirmed a further 1,394 cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland over the past 24 hours.

The number of people in our hospitals with the virus now stands at 321, which is up 6 on the figure we reported yesterday. Of these patients, 58 are in intensive care, down 1 since yesterday.

In Northern Ireland, yet another 1,199 cases of coronavirus were reported over the same time scale. Alas, sadly 8 further coronavirus-related deaths have been reported also in the last 24 hours.

There were 457 patients with Covid-19 in northern hospitals today, with 41 patients in hospital intensive care units; 32 of which were on ventilators.

Meanwhile, current vaccines are sufficiently effective at preventing severe Covid-19, and there is no current need for the general population to be given a third booster dose, according to a report in “The Lancet” journal, published today, even with the threat of Delta. Available studies; the report claims, do not provide credible evidence of substantially declining protection against severe disease, which was and is the primary goal of vaccinations.

World Health Organisation Chief, Mr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called on countries to avoid giving out extra Covid jabs until the end of the year.

Vaccination continues to offer the best protection against the most severe effects of COVID-19, including hospitalisation and death.

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