Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

17.14 21 Jul 2021


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There have been a further 1,378 cases of COVID-19 reported in Ireland.

Today’s figures mean the five-day moving average now stands at 1,223.

It comes as the Tánaiste has warned Ireland could see up to 4,000 cases per day in the coming weeks due to the Delta variant of the virus.

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The Department of Health says the variant "is much more transmissible than what we have been dealing with previously".

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn, meanwhile, says the latest estimate of growth rate of new cases is approximately 6%-7% per day.

He warned that hospital and ICU numbers will see a ‘significant increase’ if incidence rates continue to rise.

As of this morning, there were 96 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals - an increase of seven compared to yesterday.

22 of those patients are being treated in intensive care.

Meanwhile, latest figures from the HSE show 79% of adults have now received at least one vaccine dose, with over 65% fully vaccinated.

As of today, vaccine registration is open to everybody aged over 18.

Main image: File photo of Dr Tony Holohan (left) and Dr Ronan Glynn (right). Photograph: Leah Farrell / RollingNews.ie

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