Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

17.40 21 Mar 2021


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There have been two further deaths related to COVID-19 and 769 new cases confirmed this evening by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

The latest figures bring the total amount of cases here to 230,599, while the number of coronavirus-related deaths stands at 4,587.

Of the latest cases, 75% are under 45 years of age, while the median age is 32 years old.

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As of 8am today, 360 people are now receiving treatment in hospital for the virus after 19 new admissions in the past 24 hours.

Of those patients, 82 are in ICU, down from 83 yesterday.

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population now stands at 155.3.

Regarding the nationwide distribution of cases, 284 are in Dublin, 67 in Donegal, 47 in Offaly, 45 in Meath, 44 in Kildare, and the remaining 282 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

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As of March 18th, 654,251 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland.

478,725 people have received their first dose, while a second dose has been administered to 175,526 people.

Concern

Earlier, the CEO of the HSE Paul Reid has said he is concerned about the increase in COVID-19 hospital admissions this weekend.

Speaking to On The Record with Gavan Reilly, Paul Reid said the hospitalisation figures have been "stuck" in recent weeks.

"And certainly in the last week when we saw the numbers just stuck for the past few weeks, they had come down for the past five or six weeks very well," he said.

"A slight increase again this weekend which would give us concern just around trends, particularly in line with some of the cases we're seeing come through this weekend, a slight rise in cases would give us concern.

"We've a lot more to go through with our hospitals before we're back at any normal levels."

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

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