Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

08.39 10 Jul 2021


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More than 55% of the adult population in Ireland are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the CEO of the HSE.

Paul Reid said that 70% of adults have had at least one dose of the inoculation, adding that there is "a big challenge ahead" with the virus.

There have been 275,000 doses of the vaccine administered so far this week.

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Meanwhile, the number of patients in hospital being treated for the virus stands at 50, with 15 in ICU.

"A big challenge but we all want to protect where we're at, for now," Mr Reid said.

The last vaccination clinic run by GPs in Dublin will take place today, with 2,100 patients to be vaccinated at the Helix from 1.30pm until 5.30pm this afternoon.

So far the service has given jabs to 27,500 people.

It comes as 631 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed by the Department of Health yesterday.

It's the first time over 600 cases have been reported in a single day since late April, and the highest daily figure since April 1st.

The five-day moving average of new cases also rose to above 500.

Commenting on the figures, the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said they were "a cause of concern" and indicate that the disease "is prevalent in our communities again".

“We know there is worry and frustration out there, particularly for young people who have had significant parts of their lives put on hold by this disease," he said.

"We ask if you are not yet vaccinated, to hold firm to the public health advice as you await your vaccine.

The Deputy Chief Medical Officer added yesterday that concerns remain about the Delta variant but it won't stop the country emerging from the pandemic.

Dr Ronan Glynn said all the things we're already doing to protect ourselves from COVID-19 are just as effective as ever.

"The proportion of cases that are due to the Delta variant has increased rapidly over the last four weeks from 5% of cases in early June to now accounting for about 70% of cases and rising," he said.

"So far, some parts of the country have been more affected than others, including Donegal, Waterford and Dublin, but we are also seeing high or increasing incidence in Sligo, Limerick, Roscommon and Meath," he said.

"While numbers in hospital remain low, we have seen a small but concerning increase in hospitalisations over the past week and we will be monitoring this closely in the weeks ahead."

Main image: The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Leon Farrell / RollingNews.ie

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