1,224 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Ireland today.
It brings the five-day moving average of new cases to 1,334 - a slight increase compared to yesterday, but down from 1,454 a week ago.
As of this morning, there were 278 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19 - up from 261 yesterday.
The number of patients in ICU has dropped from 66 to 63 over the past 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Ireland has hit another vaccine milestone, with more than 90% of all over 16s now fully vaccinated.
Younger people have influenced & shaped this country for the better on many occasions over the past few years. They have done so again. Now over 90% of those aged 16 & over have been fully vaccinated. The highest uptake in the EU. Truly remarkable & inspirational @HSELive
— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) September 19, 2021
HSE CEO Paul Reid says it’s the highest uptake in the EU, describing young people’s efforts as “truly remarkable & inspirational”.