Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

17.26 19 Jul 2021


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There have been 1,071 new cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

It’s the fourth day in a row there have been more than 1,000 daily cases.

The five-day moving average of new cases now stands at 1,159 - almost double what it was a week ago.

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The five-day moving average of new COVID-19 cases now stands at 1,159

Health officials say they're "continuing to see a rise in incidence of disease across all key indicators".

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: "Our 14-day incidence is now the highest it’s been since 24 February at 231/100,000. Our five-day average is 1,159 cases per day, the highest it’s been since 2 February.

"If you are fully vaccinated, you can have confidence in your vaccine and enjoy socialising and meeting with other vaccinated people indoors, so long as you continue to follow the basic public health precautions.

"If you are waiting to be fully vaccinated, then it is best to continue to socialise outdoors."

As of this morning, there were 101 COVID-19 patients being treated in Irish hospitals - the first time the figure has risen above 100 since late May.

However, ICU numbers have remained steady - with 20 patients in intensive care with the virus, down slightly from the numbers reported over the weekend.

Almost 5.2 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Ireland - with over 77% of adults partially vaccinated and 64% fully vaccinated.

Amid the rising figures, the Government's due to make its final decision on the planned reopening of indoor dining later this week.

Main image: Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photograph: Eamon Farrell / RollingNews.ie

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