Sunday, August 15, 2021

James Cox

A further 2,074 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in the State today.

There are 229 coronavirus patients in Irish hospitals with 43 in intensive care units.

Meanwhile, thousands of 12-15 year-olds will become the latest to receive their vaccines this weekend.

It comes as health officials have issued a stark warning that numbers in ICU with Covid-19 are now approaching the same levels as the peak of the second wave.

Rising cases

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn warned cases were now rising in every county.

“We have reported over 10,000 cases in the last week and, while we have very high incidence across Donegal, Monaghan, Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Louth and Cavan in particular, incidence is rising across all 26 counties,” he said.

“In addition, while incidence is particularly high in those aged 16-29 years, incidence is now rising across all age groups.”

Health officials have also warned of a “sudden increase” in cases in Limerick and Tipperary, with most cases also having multiple close contacts.

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