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Covid-19 Cases Reach 2,174 Today On Irish Mainland.

The Department of Health in the Republic of Ireland have confirmed 1,154 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.

There are 297 people in our hospitals with Covid-19, an increase of 19 patients since yesterday, with 63 of these being treated in intensive care.

Vaccine companies Pfizer and BioNTech have stated that recent trial results indicate that their coronavirus vaccine is safe, and produces a robust immune response in children aged 5 to 11 years. They added that they will seek approval from regulatory bodies in the European Union, the United States and elsewhere around the world shortly. The vaccine is expected to be administered at a lower dosage than for children aged over 12 years.

Meanwhile, the wearing of face masks in secondary school will remain compulsory for the present, although the same requirement have been ruled out for those attending primary school.

The benefits of primary schoolchildren wearing face masks as a Covid-19 protection measure are considered to be small, according to a Hiqa review, latter which looked at their use in under 13-year-olds, which is the current cut-off point.

In Northern Ireland today their Department of Health has confirmed another 1,020 cases of coronavirus, up from the figure of 889 reported yesterday.

A total of 22,296 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Northern Ireland since the pandemic first began.
There were 379 patients with Covid-19 in hospitals today, compared to 419 on Friday.
Sadly, 5 more coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland, also today.

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