Covid-19 Evening Update – Reminder of today’s Covid headlines

COVID-19 UPDATE: 1,173 NEW CASES – HIGHEST FIGURE IN NEARLY FIVE AND A HALF MONTHS

79 patients are in hospital with the virus, 23 of whom are in ICU.

The chief medical officer, Tony Holohan, says half of today’s cases are among 19 to 34-year-olds, and cases are increasing in 22 counties.

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5 MILLION COVID-19 VACCINES HAVE BEEN ADMINISTERED IN THE REPUBLIC

Over 60 percent of adults are now fully vaccinated.

While 75 percent of adults have had at least 1 vaccine dose.

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25-29 YEAR OLDS CAN REGISTER FOR PFIZER OR MODERNA VACCINE FROM TODAY

The HSE’s portal is now open to the cohort, however people in this age group can still register with a pharmacy for a Janssen vaccine.

Registration can be done online or over the phone, with appointments to be arranged in the coming weeks.

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MEMBER OF NPHET: 3-4 WEEKS BEFORE PEAK OF DELTA WAVE FOR AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TO BE FULLY VACCINATED

The public health advice is for those who haven’t been fully protected against the worst effects of Covid-19 to take extra measures to protect themselves.

There are concerns that as hospitals are completing a lot of non-Covid care which was delayed due the pandemic that it wouldn’t take many admissions due to the Delta strain to put extra pressure on the facilities.

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DISEASE EXPERT SAYS IRELAND MUST VACCINATE CHILDREN TO REACH HERD IMMUNITY FROM COVID

A disease expert says Ireland must vaccinate children to reach herd immunity from Covid.

University College Cork professor Gerry Killeen says under 18s must be protected.

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70% OF PEOPLE NOT PLANNING TO TRAVEL ABROAD THIS YEAR

New ESRI research shows 30 per cent of those who’ve been vaccinated do have holiday plans.

But less than half of them have actually booked a trip.

The EU digital Covid cert goes live here on Monday.

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EDUCATION MINISTER: CALCULATED GRADES NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR NEXT YEAR’S LEAVING CERT

Students will get more choice on the papers they sit next June.

There’ll also be a second sitting of the exams to cater for anyone who might miss out first time around.

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