Vaccines are working and ‘all is well’ to reopen

Leo Varadkar, Tanisti, said vaccinating children under 35 was “really working now” and “everything is fine” for the next phase of reopening on Monday.

Cases have stabilized [or are] drop. “The rise in the number of patients in the hospital and the intensive care unit is slowing,” he said in a post on Twitter.

“The under-35 vaccination is already up and running now. All is well for the next phase of reopening on Monday.”

Restrictions are scheduled to be eased on Monday Includes live music and dance allowed at weddings and organized outdoor events at 75% capacity, with all attendees being fully vaccinated or accompanied by minors.

All religious ceremonies may proceed at 50% of venue capacity, regardless of the immunity status of attendees.

Earlier today, the Ministry of Health confirmed 1,414 new cases of Covid-19.

There are 353 people in hospital who have tested positive for the disease, an increase of 10 since yesterday. Of these, 55 are being treated in intensive care, a drop in four.

Also today, the Health Protection Surveillance Center (HPSC) reported that the 14-day Covid-19 infection rate in Ireland was declining.

The latest HPSC report puts the figure at 493 per 100,000 people as of September 1. A little over a week ago, it was 532.

There were 100 outbreaks of Covid-19 in the week until last Saturday, a slight decrease from the previous week, according to the latest report from HPSC.

The new figures also show that 89% of adults aged 18 and over are now fully vaccinated.

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Among those 12 years of age and older, 82% are fully vaccinated.

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Meanwhile, Ireland had the highest rate of Covid-19 infection in 14 days in Europe last week, according to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The country’s 14-day infection rate at that time was 504.11 cases per 100,000 people.

It is followed by Cyprus with 496.1, Greece with 412.3, and France with 403.2.

Poland recorded the lowest rate of HIV infection, with a 14-day rate of 7.7 cases per 100,000 people.

The death rate for Covid-19 patients in Ireland was 6.65 deaths per 100,000 people in two weeks.

Bulgaria recorded the highest mortality rate of 55.67 deaths per 100,000 people in these two weeks.

In a post on Twitter, the chair of the high-level task force on vaccination, Professor Brian McRaith, said that 6.87 million vaccines have been administered.

At this point, 92.1% of adults received at least one dose.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health was notified of 1,751 new cases of Covid-19.

In Northern Ireland, nine deaths and 1,248 new cases of infection were reported in the past 24 hours.

There were 409 COVID-19 patients in hospital this morning, 46 of whom are in intensive care.

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Health officials also said that 2,456,256 vaccines have been administered.

Additional reporting: Dmitriy O’Donnell

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