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Covid-19 Cases Reach 2,489 On Irish Mainland Today.

The Department of Health has confirmed 1,185 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours here in the Irish Republic.

Currently there are 292 people in hospital having tested positive for the disease and of these, 65 are being treated in intensive care units, latter a rise of 5 over yesterdays reported figures.

Sadly, there has been a total of 5,179 deaths, to date, now notified in Ireland related to Covid-19. This figure includes 24 deaths newly notified in the past 7 days.

Meanwhile, Ireland is on track to proceed with the full lifting of Covid-19 restrictions next month, October 22nd, our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has informed an Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health.

In Northern Ireland, a further 1,304 cases of coronavirus were reported today.

There are 426 patients with Covid-19 in northern hospitals, with 36 patients in hospital intensive care units. Sadly, also 10 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported today. Same also comes with the news that in Northern Ireland during the summer months of 2021; the death rate there was five times that of the Irish Republic.

Meanwhile abroad, the European Union’s chief executive Ursula von der Leyen has stated in her annual policy speech that the pace of vaccination against Covid-19 must be quickened across the globe to avert “a pandemic of the non-vaccinated”.

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

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