There has been one further Coronavirus-related deaths and 408 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today.
The Department are no longer providing a county by county breakdown at the weekends. So we do not know how many of these new cases are in Laois.
Of the cases notified today:
- 205 are men / 202 are women
- 77% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 31 years old
As of 8am today, 110 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 33 are in ICU. 9 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
As of May 6th, 1,746,912 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:
- 1,267,167 people have received their first dose
- 479,745 people have received their second dose
EU agree deal for extra 1.8bn Pfizer vaccines
According to European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, EU has concluded a deal with Pfizer-BioNTech for up to 1.8 billion extra doses of its Covid-19 vaccine.
von der Leyen said: “Happy to announce that the EU Commission has just approved a contract for guaranteed 900 million doses (+900 million options) with Pfizer-BioNTech for 2021-2023.”
Ms von der Leyen said Europe is preparing the next stage of its response including giving booster shots, allowing for vaccination of children and teenagers, and dealing with possible escape variants.