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Covid-19 Cases On Island Of Ireland Today Reach 5,142.

The Department of Health has confirmed 3,680 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, here in the Republic of Ireland.

The number of people in our hospitals, who have tested positive for the disease, stands at 543, down 8 since yesterday and of these, 97 are receiving treatment in our intensive care units around the country, latter figure an increase of 8 on yesterdays reported figures.

The Government is not actively considering a return to working from home full-time, the Minister for Health Mr Stephen Donnelly has confirmed, adding that he has not received any further advice from public health officials on this matter; thus the Government is not considering extending the Covid-19 vaccine passes to any other areas.

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has confirmed 1,462 new coronavirus cases and sadly a further 6 related deaths.

In the Netherlands, the Dutch pandemic expert advisory panel has recommended imposing western Europe’s first partial lockdown since the summer, putting pressure on the government to take drastic and unpopular action to fight a Covid-19 surge. The 16,364 new cases over the previous 24 hours, announced by the Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM) Dutch public health institute, has broken the previous record of 12,997, same set on December 20th last year.

The EU’s drug watchdog has approved two Covid-19 antibody treatments, in its first approvals of the ground-breaking therapies that help stop infected people developing symptoms of the disease.

Ronapreve” made by Swiss pharma giant Roche with US biotech firm Regeneron, and “Regkirona“, developed by South Korea’s Celltrion, have both gotten the green light from the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

In the meanwhile, please do continue to keep yourself and your family safe by regularly washing your hands and wearing a mask when appropriate.

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