Friday, 18 June 2021 06:51

Ireland reports 329 new cases of Covid, only 19 in ICU

DUBLIN, Ireland: As Covid cases continue to fall throughout Ireland, government officials report that there are only 19 patients in intensive care units, along with 57 new cases of the Covid virus.

Additionally, there were no deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

During a meeting of the Fianna Fil parliamentary party, Taoiseach Michel Martin said antigen testing is being tried in certain areas, including third-level colleges.

Martin made note that the reopening of society and the economy is continuing and the public has been very cooperative.

He also said that 340,000 vaccines are being administered weekly right now, and the online registration portal for 30-39 year olds will open within days.

He also warned that the Covid Delta variant must be suppressed by the public by following basic safety advice.

Also today, HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer, Dr Colm Henry, said the increase in Covid-19 vaccines has led to a "collapse in the harm" caused by the virus in the vaccinated population "way beyond" what was expected in clinical trials.

Henry added that the vaccine would "release us from the vice of this virus and that is a cause for hope".

He reported that in Ireland, over 90 percent of those 60 years old and over have been vaccinated.

He also said that some 450,000 people are awaiting a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Meanwhile, the HSE said yesterday that it has reduced the time between intervals for the first and second dose from 12 to 8 weeks.

Dr Henry told the media that by 5 July there will be well over 30 percent of the population fully vaccinated.

Dr Henry also said registration for the 30-39 age group will be opened later this week.