Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

13.17 20 Jun 2021


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The Department of Health has confirmed that 288 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Ireland today.

The figures show that there are currently 49 people being treated in hospital for the virus.

Of these patients, 15 are in ICU, an increase of one compared to yesterday.

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The Department warned that daily case numbers may change due to future data validation.

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population now stands at 96.

The five-day moving average is now 339, while the seven-day average is 313.

It comes as people in their 30s began registering for a COVID-19 vaccine for the first time today.

The vaccination portal opened for those aged 35 to 39, beginning with 39-year-olds on Sunday, 38-year-olds on Monday, and so on.

This cohort will be given their first doses next month, while it is expected people in their 20s will be vaccinated in late July or early August.

The CEO of the HSE Paul Reid said Ireland was in a three-week period where supplies of the vaccine are at their strongest.

"There was much frustration at the start of our vaccination programme as supply levels were weaker and unpredictable," he said.

"But we're now in a three week period of our strongest supplies at over 300,000 per week."

Main image: A medic wears a protective suit and face shield while carrying COVID-19 tests. Photo: Frank Hoermann / SVEN SIMON/DPA/PA Images

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