COVID-19: 1,758 New Cases

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COVID-19: 1,758 New Cases


05:22 15 Aug 2021

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The Department of Health has reported 1,758 new cases of covid-19.


As of 8 O'Clock this morning, 248 patients are in hospital with the virus.


While 48 of those are receiving intensive care, an increase of 5 in 24 hours.


The head of the HSE says Covid case numbers have risen six-fold in the last six weeks - and remain a "very live threat" to hospitals.


HSE chief executive Paul Reid says the rising number of infections is a concern.


"It's still a very live threat to us [...] case levels are rising at all ages. It's a real, I guess, alert to all of us. We take strong encouragement vaccinations are working, but we're not bulletproof."


Over 20 thousand children aged between 12 and 15 have received a Covid-19 vaccine so far.


Registration opened for teenagers on Wednesday evening to get a Pfizer or Moderna jab.


More than 6.3 million doses have now been administered with 81 per cent of adults fully vaccinated.


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