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Coronavirus: Nine further deaths and 379 new cases as half a million people now fully vaccinated

Coronavirus updates

There have been nine further Coronavirus-related deaths and 379 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today.

With less than five new cases announced today, Laois now has a 14-day incidence rate of 42.5.

This is well below the national average of 128.1 and Laois now has the fifth lowest incidence rate in the country.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 190 are men / 185 are women
  • 77% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 29 years old
  • 171 in Dublin, 27 in Donegal, 28 in Kildare, 24 in Limerick, 22 in Cork and the remaining 107 cases are spread across 18 other counties.

As of 8am today, 117 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 34 are in ICU, 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of Sunday 9th May, 1,848,747 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 1,347,561 people have received their first dose
  • 501,186 people have received their second dose

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health said: “This week is a hopeful week and one that we have all been looking forward to. We have gotten to this point by working together in following the public health advice and reducing incidence of disease in our communities.

“We need to continue to focus on the measures that we know can protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19 – we can plan to meet friends and family where it is safe to do so and those who have been vaccinated can have confidence in their vaccine. They are now able to get out and about and enjoy the benefits of the vaccine.

“The two primary targets as we try to exit the pandemic are vaccination and low transmission. If we can keep cases low and continue to vaccinate as many people as possible, we will find ourselves in a very different risk environment where we can see further easing of measures.

“Our task now is to keep the disease under control by following the basic measures and taking up our vaccine when it is offered to us.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

Half a million people fully vaccinated

501,186 people are now fully vaccinated, the latest figures show.

308,676 of those are from Cohort 3 which is people aged 70 and older. 97,731 are frontline workers from Cohort 2.

84,860 are from Cohort 1 which is residents aged 65+ in long term care facilities.

9,786 are from Cohort 4 which is people aged 16-69 and at very high risk of severe Covid-19 disease.

80 are from Cohort 5 which is those aged 60-69 and the remaining three are in Cohort 7 – people aged 16-59 years with medical conditions at high risk of severe Covid-19 disease.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.