Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

17.01 8 May 2021


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There has been one further death related to COVID-19 and 408 new cases confirmed today by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths has now risen to 4,919, while the latest figures bring the total amount of cases here to 252,303.

Of the latest cases, 77% are under 45 years of age, while the median age is 31 years old.

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As of 8am, 110 people are now receiving treatment in hospital for the virus after nine new admissions in the past 24 hours.

Of those patients, 33 are in ICU, down from 34 yesterday.

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population now stands at 129.

The five-day moving average is now 406.

As of May 6th, 1,746,912 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland.

1,267,167 people have received their first dose, while second doses have been administered to 479,745 people.

It comes as a Dublin GP has said that some people in Ireland are still failing to follow public health advice on how to prevent the transmission of the virus.

Dr Ray Walley, from the GP Expert Advisory Group on COVID-19, said that "the same mistakes are being made" now that occurred in the earlier stages of the pandemic.

Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast with Susan Keogh, Dr Walley said that from a GP's perspective, he could see that "people are making the same mistakes that they did before".

This includes individuals who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 failing to isolate from others.

"There was a downward trend in [case] numbers overall but that has stalled overall as well," he said.

"In fact, testing has been up week on week this week compared to last week.

"But it is the same mistakes being made whereby people are going to work symptomatic or meeting people symptomatic."

Main image: Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health. Photo: Leah Farrell / Rollingnews.ie

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