Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

17.29 20 Mar 2021


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There have been nine further deaths related to COVID-19 and 525 new cases confirmed this evening by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

Seven deaths occurred in March and two deaths took place in February.

The median age of those who died was 76 and the age range was 64 to 95 years.

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The latest figures bring the total amount of cases here to 229,831, while the number of coronavirus-related deaths stands at 4,585.

Of the latest cases, 68% are under 45 years of age, while the median age is 34 years old.

Regarding the nationwide distribution of cases, 266 are in Dublin, 33 in Meath, 29 in Wexford, 25 in Offaly, 24 in Donegal, and the remaining 148 cases are spread across 19 other counties.

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As of 8am today, 328 people are now receiving treatment in hospital for the virus after 27 new admissions in the past 24 hours.

Of those patients, 83 are in ICU, down from 87 yesterday.

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population now stands at 150.2.

As of March 17th, 639,586 doses of the COVID-19 inoculation have been administered in Ireland.

468,328 people have received their first dose, while a second dose has been administered to 171,258 people.

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It comes as the head of the HSE says people will not be given the choice of receiving one type of COVID-19 vaccine over another.

The rollout of the AstraZeneca inoculation resumed today following a week-long suspension over blood clotting concerns.

Around 3,700 over 75-year-olds will receive either their first or second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Helix vaccination centre in Dublin over the weekend.

Speaking from the centre, HSE CEO Paul Reid says there will be no picking and choosing of vaccines.

"All vaccines are proven safe and effective and we'll be administering the vaccines based on our plans, it has always been our plans across all of the population based on defined risks and that's what we'll continue to do," he said.

Main image: Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

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