Nphet reports 319 new Covid-19 cases

Today marks the lowest number of patients in hospital since September 13 and the lowest number in intensive care since St Stephen’s Day
Nphet reports 319 new Covid-19 cases

Last night, there were 59 patients with the virus in Irish hospitals with 23 in intensive care.

There have been 319 further Covid-19 cases confirmed in Ireland, the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) has said.

As of Friday morning, 60 coronavirus patients were in hospital, of whom 23 were in ICU.

Data relating to the number of Covid related deaths, as well as case numbers by county, has been affected by the cyberattack on the Health Services Executive (HSE).

In the North, just one Covid-19-linked death occurred in the latest week subjected to statistical analysis.

Today, 121 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed - the highest daily total in over seven weeks.

There are 18 patients are in hospital with the virus, none of whom are in intensive care.

Meanwhile, the EU drug regulator is recommending that people who have had a rare blood vessel syndrome are not immunised with AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine.

In a statement on Friday, the European Medicines Agency said it reviewed cases of six people who had capillary leak syndrome after they had received the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The vaccine has previously been linked to rare blood clots, but health officials say its benefits still outweigh the small risks.

Eight adult hospitals have zero Covid patients

There are now eight adult hospitals with no Covid patients, according to the head of the HSE.

Last night, there were 59 patients with the virus in Irish hospitals with 23 in intensive care.

It is the lowest number of patients in hospital since September 13 and the lowest number in intensive care since St Stephen’s day.

The hospitals that currently do not have any Covid patients are the Mercy in Cork, St James's in Dublin, Naas, Tullamore, Sligo, Galway, Kilkenny and Waterford.

In addition to these hospitals, the three children's hospitals - Temple Street, Crumlin and Tallaght - also have zero Covid patients.

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said the benefits of the vaccine programme are clear to see.

Over 3.1m vaccine doses have been administered including 2.2m first doses which means 57% of the adult population is partially vaccinated.

A total of 1.1m people, or 26% of the adult population, have been fully vaccinated.

"We do move to the next stage now which is going down further through the ages now that we have protected the most vulnerable and we are well into the over-40s now," said Mr Reid.

Trinity College Dublin Professor of Immunology Kingston Mills says the drop in hospital numbers is due to vaccination.

"Right now the numbers in hospitals is dropping significantly so that is very good news," said Prof Mills.

"Probably because most of the cases are in the younger population which don't get it as severely as the older population.

"That is a direct result of the vaccination of the older population."

The HSE expects this week to have given between 250,000 and 270,000 doses, and up to 290,000 next week.

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