Live COVID-19 updates from Ireland and Northern Ireland.

September 24

Update 12:50 pm EST: As of 5:30 pm GMT today in Ireland:

  • 1,163 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 297 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 61 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 381,883 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Thursday, September 23. There have been 5,209 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 22.

As of Thursday, September 23, there have been 7,167,675 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,759,608 people have received their first dose
  • 3,408,067 people have received their second dose

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today announced that from next week, people who are immunocompromised will be able to receive third vaccine doses:

From next week our COVID-19 vaccine programme will begin third doses for immunocompromised. College vaccination week also takes place with pop-ups in third-level college. Here's an update. #ForUsAll@roinnslainte @HSEImm @HSELive @merrionstreet pic.twitter.com/Jm2m4sCMP9

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) September 24, 2021

Update 11:55 am EST: 1,030 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 231,696 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,486,226 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 7,607 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Eight more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,533. All eight of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 23 - 10 am September 24.

As of September 24, there have been 2,512,860 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,308,437 were first doses and 1,203,664 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health is reminding the public that walk-in jabs will only be available for a limited time. You can learn more here.

Time is running out if you want to get your first dose #COVID19 vaccine at a walk-in clinic.

More info ➡️ https://t.co/SXMJBYw3w3 pic.twitter.com/mpYsJS1p30

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) September 24, 2021

September 23

Update 1:00 pm EST:  As of 5 pm GMT today in Ireland:

  • 1,355 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 286 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 59 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 380,720 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Wednesday, September 22. There have been 5,209 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 22.

As of Wednesday, September 22, there have been 7,157,391 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,523,076 people have received their first dose
  • 235,102 people have received a single dose
  • 3,399,213 people have received their second dose

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "Our ongoing analysis of the epidemiological situation has informed the NPHET recommendation to evolve public health management of school settings from Monday next.

"The resumption of in-person education was associated with a significant increase in the numbers of children referred for testing in recent weeks. This increase was driven by the screening of asymptomatic children who had been identified as close contacts. This action was precautionary and was due to the diligence of parents and guardians bringing their children for tests. Despite significantly increased testing in this age group, there has only been a relatively modest increase in the detection of cases. We have also seen the associated positivity rate decrease from 16% to 5% which is very reassuring.

"Both nationally and internationally, the evidence tells us that schools are a low risk setting for the transmission of COVID-19 among school-going children and, as such, now is the right time to evolve our contact tracing approach, while maintaining the infection prevention and control in place in educational settings.

"NPHET will continue to monitor the trajectory of the disease. It is important that we all continue to adhere to the public health guidance and to protect each other by washing our hands, wearing masks where appropriate and keeping our distance from each other to limit the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

"I would urge parents to keep children who are unwell and who experience the common symptoms of COVID-19 home from school and to contact your GP if you have any concerns."

Update 11:25 am EST: 1,165 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 230,666 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,480,732 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 7,698 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Eight more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,525. All eight of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 22 - 10 am September 23.

As of September 23, there have been 2,511,208 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,307,566 were first doses and 1,203,117 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann and Chief Medical Officer Professor Sir Michael McBride both welcomed the announcment that Ronapreve®, a new innovative treatment that combines two Neutralising monoclonal antibodies (nMABs) Casirivimab and Imdevimab, will be available for hospitalized patients with COVID-19 from this week.

You can learn more here

Health Minister Robin Swann has welcomed the announcement that new treatment, Ronapreve® will be available for hospitalised patients with COVID-19 from this week.https://t.co/xrlgCiubEO

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) September 23, 2021

September 22

Update 12:50 pm EST: As of 5:30 pm GMT today in Ireland:

  • 1,432 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 272 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 63 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 379,366 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Tuesday, September 21. There have been 5,209 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 22.

As of Tuesday, September 21, there have been 7,146,326 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,520,954 people have received their first dose
  • 235,010 people have received a single dose
  • 3,390,362 people have received their second dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "We have been closely monitoring the incidence of COVID-19 and we are reassured that the reopening of schools has not led to an increase in transmission of COVID-19 amongst school-going children or more widely across the population. This is good news for students, parents, and all those involved in the education of our children.

"As always, we will keep disease transmission in the population under review, but given the importance of education for our children, we feel that now is the right time to evolve our approach to the public health management of COVID-19 in educational settings.

"From Monday 27 September, we will change how we manage COVID-19 in our schools. Contact tracing of close contacts in childcare facilities and primary education and testing of asymptomatic close contacts in childcare facilities and primary education will no longer be necessary.

"Children aged 12 yrs or under, who are identified as close contacts in childcare, educational settings, special education settings or other non-household settings and who are asymptomatic will no longer be required to routinely restrict movements.

"Given the substantially higher risk of transmission in households as compared to any other setting, children aged 12 yrs or under, who are identified as household close contacts, will still be required to restrict movements and be tested, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.

"Public health advice remains that any person, including children aged 12 yrs or under, who displays symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should rapidly self-isolate and not attend school or socialise until 48 hours after they are symptom-free."

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly and Minister for Further & Higher Education Simon Harris today announced that pop-up vaccination centres will be hosted at third-level colleges in Ireland next week. You can learn more here.

Today along with @SimonHarrisTD and @HSELive we're announcing pop up vaccination centres in our third-level colleges next week.

There's already been amazing vaccine take-up in this age group and this will allow even more get protected#ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/8egJvb6xpq

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) September 22, 2021

Update 10:40 am EST: 1,060 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 229,501 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,475,015 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 7,738 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Four more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,517. Three of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 21 - 10 am September 22, while one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of September 22, there have been 2,509,462 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,306,822 were first doses and 1,202,311 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

In a joint statement today, Northern Ireland’s Minister of Health, Robin Swann MLA, Chairperson of the Assembly Health Committee, Colm Gildernew MLA, and Deputy Chairperson of the Assembly Health Committee, Pam Cameron MLA are urging to people to get vaccinated as “our health and social care staff and services are currently facing pressures like never before.”

Read the Joint Statement from Committee Chairperson Colm Gildernew, Deputy Chairperson Pam Cameron and Minister of Health, Robin Swann.https://t.co/lkTVIisQzg@GildernewColm @PamCameronMLA

— niahealth (@niahealth) September 22, 2021

Also today, Northern Ireland’s Health and Agriculture Ministers are urging any unvaccinated visitors to the Balmoral Show to use the opportunity to get jabbed.

The Health and Agriculture Ministers have urged any unvaccinated visitors to the Balmoral Show to use the opportunity to get jabbed.

The mobile vaccination clinic is offering walk-in first dose jabs from today until 5pm on Saturday@daera_ni | @setrust https://t.co/Hy8DJi9MMi pic.twitter.com/ZDZWbm8RVe

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) September 22, 2021

September 21

Update 12:35 pm EST: As of 5:30 pm GMT today in Ireland:

  • 1,423 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 286 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 63 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 377,937 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Monday, September 20. There have been 5,179 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 15.

As of Monday, September 20, there have been 7,137,480 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,519,053 people have received their first dose
  • 234,904 people have received a single dose
  • 3,383,523 people have received their second dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "COVID-19 vaccines are providing very effective protection from severe illness and have fundamentally changed the risk profile of COVID-19 in Ireland - it is important that all of us receive our COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to us.

"Once again today, we see more elements of our society and economy reopen. If you are fully protected through vaccination, then you can have confidence that your vaccination, and your continued adherence to the public health advice appropriate to each environment, is the best way you can protect yourself from COVID-19.

"If you display cold or flu like symptoms like cough, fever, headache, sore throat and blocked or runny nose, self-isolate immediately. Please do not meet up with others or attend events, work or school. Arrange a PCR test through the HSE as soon as possible."

Update 12:10 pm EST: 1,145 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 228,441 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,470,004 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 7,992 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Four more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,513. Three of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 20 - 10 am September 21, while one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of September 21, there have been 2,508,203 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,306,326 were first doses and 1,201,657 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

September 20

Update 12:30 pm EST: As of 5 pm GMT today in Ireland:

  • 1,154 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 297 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 63 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 375,367 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Saturday, September 18. There have been 5,179 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 15.

As of Sunday, September 19, there have been 7,130,149 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,517,879 people have received their first dose
  • 234,847 people have received a single dose
  • 3,377,423 people have received their second dose

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said today that more than 90% of Ireland’s population aged 16 and over is now fully vaccinated:

With over 90% of those age 16+ now with full vaccination we have achieved another milestone in our vaccine programme and in our continued phased pathway out of this pandemic. A huge well done and thanks to everyone for making this happen. pic.twitter.com/iOmL1cCgaq

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) September 20, 2021

From today, a phased and staggered return to the workplace comes into effect across Ireland, while restrictions on outdoor group activities for participants will be removed, and organised indoor group activities (sports, arts, culture, dance classes) can take place with some restrictions. You can learn more here.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin welcomed employees returning to the workplace today, noting that it’s an “important milestone:”

Welcome back to everyone returning to the workplace, and to all the arts, sports and cultural activities re-opening today.

Another important milestone as we emerge from the pandemic - one made possible by the efforts of the Irish people and our successful vaccine rollout.

— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) September 20, 2021

Update 11:55 am EST: 1,020 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 227,296 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,464,532 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 8,277 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Five more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,509. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 19 - 10 am September 20.

As of September 20, there have been 2,506,669 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,305,556 were first doses and 1,201,074 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

On Saturday, Northern Ireland’s Department of Health announced a new framework for international travel in and out of the region. From Monday, October 4, the traffic light system will be removed with the merger of the green and amber lists, leaving a single red list. Travel requirements for arrivals from the rest of the world will be determined by a travellers vaccination status rather than the country they are travelling from. Going forward, countries will be classified as red or non-red. You can find out more here via NI Direct.

✈️ International travel update - it has been agreed to introduce a new travel framework, simplifying the current process.

More ➡️ https://t.co/EcMoGCqQX3 pic.twitter.com/z90iJW6OUR

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) September 18, 2021

Update 11:45 am EST: Officials in the US have today announced that the ban on travel from the EU, including Ireland, and the UK, including Northern Ireland, is set to be lifted for fully vaccinated travelers from early November. You can read more here.

September 19 

Update 8:30 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,224 new cases of the coronavirus.

There are currently 278 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 63 ICU patients have tested positive for the virus. 

A total of 7,119,653 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been administered in Ireland, with 3,750,782 people receiving at least one dose of the vaccine and 3,368,871 receiving two doses. More than 90% of Irish people over the age of 16 are now fully vaccinated. 

The latest announcements come ahead of a further easing of COVID restrictions in Ireland on Monday, with yoga studios, art classes, and indoor sports and fitness classes set to reopen for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Indoor activities will be permitted to hold 100 people who have been fully vaccinated or who have recently recovered from the virus.

Office workers who have worked from home during the pandemic can also return to work on Monday in a "phased return" to office working. 

Tanáiste Leo Varadkar said that remote working would become a "permanent fixture" of Irish working life despite the return of in-person working. 

"We really want to see remote working become a permanent fixture of Irish working life. I hope employers are speaking to their staff to figure out what works best for them and the business as this phased return begins," Varadkar said. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 889 new cases of the virus and five further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,504. 

A total of 2,505,607 doses of the vaccine have been administer in Northern Ireland to date. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

September 18 

Update 9:30 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,456 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Ireland to 374,143. 

There are currently 261 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 66 ICU patients have tested positive for the virus. 

Hospitalizations have now fallen for six consecutive days in Ireland.

A total of 7,105,991 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 3,748,307 people receiving at least one dose and 3,357,684 receiving two doses. 

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that most ICU patients with COVID-19 were unvaccinated and encouraged anyone who has not yet received their vaccine to register for one as soon as possible. 

"Thankfully the hospitalised #COVID19 patients are now down to 261 & falling. ICU cases are rising at 71, with a hugely disproportionate number of unvaccinated patients. It's never too late to be vaccinated & our commitment stands, to never leave anyone behind. It works," Reid said on Saturday morning, 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,072 new cases of the virus and six further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,499. 

A total of 2,505,003 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Only limited figures are reported in the region on weekends.

September 17

Update 1:10 pm EST: As of 5:30 pm GMT today in Ireland:

  • 1,392 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 288 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 73 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 372,687 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Thursday, September 16. There have been 5,179 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 15.

As of Thursday, September 16, there have been 7,088,705 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,510,932 people have received their first dose
  • 234,728 people have received a single dose
  • 3,343,045 people have received their second dose

As of today, Ireland has the highest uptake of vaccination (full or both doses) anywhere in the EU, according to ECDC. Taoiseach Micheál Martin noted the “huge effort” to get to this point.

Ireland now has the highest uptake of vaccination (full or both doses) anywhere in the EU, according to ECDC.

A huge effort by the public, and everyone involved in our #CovidVaccine rollout. pic.twitter.com/BhCDZG6mqE

— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) September 17, 2021

Update 11:25 am EST: 1,239 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 224,315 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,450,912 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 8,662 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

10 more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,493. Nine of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 16 - 10 am September 17, while one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of September 17, there have been 2,503,796 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,303,889 were first doses and 1,199,906 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

According to Northern Ireland’s Department of Health, “Of those in ICU wards with Covid, 72% are unvaccinated, 8% have had one dose and 20% have had two doses.

“Unvaccinated people make up less than 12% of our adult population – yet account for 72% of people in ICU.”

“Adults who have not had two vaccine doses are more than 5 times as likely to be admitted to hospital, and around 10 times more likely to be admitted to ICU, compared with fully vaccinated adults." You can read more here.

Getting vaccinated reduces your likelihood of being infected with #COVID19 and of passing it on to other people. #getthejab

➡️https://t.co/wgAw7NzE5k pic.twitter.com/ScWMIxZne8

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) September 17, 2021

September 16

Update 1:45 pm EST: As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,413 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 290 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 67 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 371,301 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Wednesday, September 15. There have been 5,179 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 15.

As of Wednesday, September 15, there have been 7,075,889 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,509,035 people have received their first dose
  • 234,615 people have received a single dose
  • 3,332,239 people have received their second dose

Update 11:25 am EST: 1,071 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 223,076 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,444,922 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 9,075 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Five more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,483. Four of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 15 - 10 am September 16, while one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of September 16, there have been 2,501,235 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,302,069 were first doses and 1,199,165 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

The Jabbathon vaccine promotion will continue next week with a range of clinics open across Northern Ireland. You can find out more information here.

New Jabbathon dates announced for next week 💉

Full details ➡️ https://t.co/hByYDE06LD@QUBelfast | @UlsterUni | @bfastmet | @DiscoverCAFRE | @swccollege | @mynwrc | @Economy_NI pic.twitter.com/ZMBFrIHxdN

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) September 16, 2021

September 15

Update 12:45 pm EST: Catherine Martin, Ireland’s Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media, said today: “I am also delighted to announce today that a pilot nightclub event will take place on 30 September in The Button Factory in Temple Bar and I hope that the learnings from this will help the sector as we head towards a full easing of restrictions in October."

The announcement comes as the Report of the Night-Time Economy Taskforce is published today, which can be read here.

Update 12:35 pm EST: As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,185 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 292 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 65 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

Ireland’s Department of Health reports that there has been a total of 5,179 deaths related to COVID-19 notified in Ireland. This includes 24 deaths newly notified in the past week (since last Wednesday, September 8.)

As of Tuesday, September 14, there have been 7,059,629 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,505,675 people have received their first dose
  • 234,500 people have received a single dose
  • 3,319,454 people have received their second dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "COVID-19 vaccines are providing very effective protection from severe illness and have fundamentally changed the risk profile of this disease.

"Since the 1st of April, approximately 4 out of every 5 people admitted to ICU and approximately 3 out of every 4 deaths with COVID-19 were not fully vaccinated. It remains vital that those who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine do so at the earliest opportunity.

"If you are fully protected through vaccination, then you can have confidence that your vaccination, and your continued adherence to the public health advice appropriate to each environment, is the best way you can protect yourself from COVID-19."

Update 11:00 am EST: 1,304 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 222,005 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,440,255 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 9,594 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

10 more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,478. Nine of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 14 - 10 am September 15, while one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of September 15, there have been 2,498,979 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,300,383 were first doses and 1,198,596 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

September 14

Update 12:40 pm EST: As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,181 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 309 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 60 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 368,712 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Monday, September 13. There have been 5,155 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 8.

As of Monday, September 13, there have been 7,045,546 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,503,326 people have received their first dose
  • 234,377 people have received a single dose
  • 3,307,843 people have received their second dose

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today thanked young people for their response to the country’s vaccination programme:

#ForUsAll The response of the people of Ireland to vaccination has been amazing, across age groups people came forward for vaccination to protect themselves and each other.

That response is also clearly evident in our younger population, so thank you. pic.twitter.com/8lkxJ4noBU

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) September 14, 2021

Update 11:00 am EST: 1,590 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 220,701 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,434,296 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 9,991 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Seven more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,468. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 13 - 10 am September 14.

As of September 14, there have been 2,496,461 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,298,956 were first doses and 1,197,505 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that booster vaccines should be offered to those more at risk from serious disease, and who were vaccinated during Phase 1 of the vaccine programme (priority groups 1 to 9).

Responding to the booster vaccine recommendations, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann said: “Introducing a booster programme will help to prolong protection in those most at risk from this virus and reduce hospitalisations as we head into colder weather and what will be a challenging period for our health service.” You can learn more here.

Health Minister Robin Swann has welcomed the advice on Covid booster vaccinations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

➡️https://t.co/zNd78S4gIw pic.twitter.com/xQCuCzrDEy

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) September 14, 2021

It was also announced today that people aged 12-15 in Northern Ireland will be offered a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine shortly.

All those aged 12 to 15 in Northern Ireland will now be offered one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and parental consent will be sought prior to vaccination. For those who are part of an ‘at risk’ group, they will receive two doses, eight weeks apart, in line with JCVI advice.

Minister Swann said:  “I have carefully considered the advice provided by the four UK Chief Medical Officers and have accepted their recommendation to expand the vaccination programme to all those aged 12-15.  This move will help protect young people from catching COVID-19 and is expected to prevent disruption in schools by reducing transmission.” You can learn more here.

Young people aged 12-15 in Northern Ireland will be offered a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine shortly.

➡️ https://t.co/6dR7lyH2Me pic.twitter.com/NOdRYjZq8L

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) September 14, 2021

September 13

Update 12:55 pm EST: As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,394 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 321 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 58 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 367,536 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Sunday, September 12. There have been 5,155 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 8.

As of Sunday, September 12, there have been 7,035,048 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,501,168 people have received their first dose
  • 234,235 people have received a single dose
  • 3,299,645 people have received their second dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "The awareness of COVID-19 symptoms, and what to do if you experience them, is extremely important.

"The COVID-19 symptoms for adults and children include fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, runny or blocked nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea, aches, fatigue, sore throat, headache.

"Regardless of how mild symptoms may be, we ask that you isolate if you experience any of them and contact your GP. Do not go to school, the workplace or socialise if you or your child exhibits COVID-19 symptoms."

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today said that it is “amazing to see Ireland continue to perform so well for the uptake of full vaccination in adults.” Of the EU member states, the Republic of Ireland is only behind Malta in the cumulative uptake of full vaccination amongst people aged 18 and over.

It's amazing to see Ireland continue to perform so well for the uptake of full vaccination in adults.

It's an amazing achievement and again I want to say thanks to everyone who came forward for vaccination and to all the staff and volunteers who helped make it happen. #ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/dLLENC4vu3

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) September 13, 2021

Brian MacCraith, chair of the High Level Task Force on COVID19 Vaccination, said today that just over 90 percent of people aged 18 and over in the Republic of Ireland are now vaccinated:

VACCINATION UPDATE

💉 90.2% of adults (18+) are now fully vaccinated

💉 90% of all eligible individuals (12+) have received at least 1 dose

💉 ~89.3% of those aged 16+ are fully vaccinated

💉 >75% of our total population have received at least 1 dose @HSELive#ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/shtVEG5cS0

— Brian MacCraith (@muirtheimhne) September 13, 2021

Update 11:30 am EST: 1,199 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 219,111 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,427,388 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 10,180 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Eight more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,461. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 12 - 10 am September 13.

As of September 13, there have been 2,493,882 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,297,882 were first doses and 1,196,000 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

September 12

Update 9:30 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,346 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 366,659.

There are currently 315 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 49 patients in intensive care have tested positive for the virus. 

A total of 7,019,842 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been administered in Ireland with 3,733,252 people receiving at least one dose and 3,286,590 receiving two doses. 

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that 45% of the cases in the past week were among the 0-18 age cohort but said that transmission rates in schools remained lower than the rest of the country. 

He told RTÉ's This Week that the best thing for children was to remain in school.

He said that the HSE does not expect most children under the age of 12 to be infected with COVID by the spring, despite claims by Dr. Clíona Ní Cheallaigh, who said that most primary school students would contract COVID by next year. 

Ní Cheallaigh said that evidence from the United States showed that the Delta variant was highly transmissible and that the virus would continue to spread if masks were not worn in primary schools. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,031 new cases of the virus and six further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,453.

A total of 2,492,097 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been administered in the region. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends.

September 11 

Update 10:40 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,466 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 365,313. 

There are currently 310 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 58 patients in intensive care have tested positive for the virus. 

A total of 7,005,781 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 3,730,456 people receiving at least one dose and 3,275,325 receiving two doses.

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,424 new cases of the virus and three further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,447. 

A total of 2,489,473 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the region to date. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

September 10

Update 12:55 pm EST: As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,620 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 328 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 59 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 363,847 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Thursday, September 9. There have been 5,155 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 8.

As of Thursday, September 9, there have been 6,988,411 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,492,746 people have received their first dose
  • 3,261,598 people are fully vaccinated

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today noted a highlight in Ireland’s vaccination programme as 90 percent of Ireland’s population 18 and older are now fully vaccinated. The seven millionth vaccine dose in the Republic of Ireland is expected to be administered today as well.

Another milestone day in our COVID-19 vaccine programme.

90% of 18+ now have full vaccination.

People continue to come forward and can continue to do so.

Also important that everyone complete their vaccine schedule. pic.twitter.com/hsdgIdcYES

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) September 10, 2021

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s HSE, said that 92.5 percent of adults in the Republic of Ireland are now partially vaccinated and that hospitalizations are trending downwards:

Brighter news. Progress on a range of areas related to #COVID19. Today 90% of adults are fully vaccinated with 92.5% partially. Hospitalisations are trending downwards. 329 in hospital, 54 in ICU. Overall testing positivity reducing but high volumes in schools still. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) September 10, 2021

Update 11:25 am EST: 1,687 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 215,457 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,403,690 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 10,475 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Six more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,444. Four of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 9 - 10 am September 10, while two occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of September 10, there have been 2,484,598 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,296,071 were first doses and 1,188,527 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has announced the university campuses that will be used in the upcoming ‘Jabbathon’ vaccination intiatiive. More information is available here.

First clinics announced in campus Jabbathon 💉

From Monday vaccinator teams will visit N’s universities and FE colleges to offer first dose #COVID19 jabs to students.

More info ➡️ https://t.co/eMawcX8A6q@mynwrc | @NRCCollege | @swccollege | @srcchat | @QUBelfast | @UlsterUni pic.twitter.com/thGJeePIZa

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) September 10, 2021

In an open letter today to parents, pupils, and the school community., Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael McBride said that “schools are the best place for children and young people.”

Dr. McBride said that “schools are safe places for children and staff” and that there is a “very low risk of severe disease in children.”

Schools are the best place for children and young people - the Chief Medical Officer Professor Sir Michael McBride has written to Parents, Pupils and the school community.

Full letter ➡️https://t.co/RAoCbUruSV pic.twitter.com/LORbpoCO6j

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) September 10, 2021

September 9

Update 12:40 pm EST: As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,292 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 331 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 54 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 362,228 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Wednesday, September 8. There have been 5,155 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 8.

As of Wednesday 8 September, there have been 6,969,334 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,489,122 people have received their first dose
  • 3,480,212 people are fully vaccinated

Yesterday, Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced that the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has recommended a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine (irrespective of whether primary vaccination course was of an mRNA or adeno-viral vector) for residents aged 65 years and older living in Long Term Residential Care Facilities and for those aged 80 years and older living in the community. The booster dose can be given after a minimal interval of six months following completion of the primary vaccination schedule.

Today I announced an important update to our COVID-19 vaccination programme. Following advice from NIAC and @CMOIreland we are announcing a booster vaccine dose for those aged 65+ in LTRC and those aged 80+#forusall https://t.co/dH7pLucLRO

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) September 8, 2021

Minister Donnelly said: "Once again this week, we have seen some of the necessary public health restrictions eased thanks to the enormous efforts the Irish people have made to continue to follow the public health advice and, in particular, in relation to our amazing levels of vaccine uptake.

"Vaccination remains our pathway out of this pandemic, and as with the earlier phases of our vaccination programme, this update to the programme ensures that we continue to prioritise our most at risk loved ones from the risks posed by COVID-19.

"I am aware that operationalising these updates to our vaccination programme will take a short period of time. I will continue to work with my department, the HSE and the High-Level Task Force to implement these recommendations as safely and efficiently as possible."

Update 11:55 am EST: 1,831 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 213,770 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,392,314 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 10,204 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Eight more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,438. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 8 - 10 am September 9.

As of September 9, there have been 2,479,883 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,294,896 were first doses and 1,184,987 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

September 8

Update 1:20 pm EST: As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,545 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 335 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 56 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 360,957 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Tuesday, September 7. There have been 5,155 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 8.

As of Tuesday, September 7, there have been 6,951,760 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,486,456 people have received their first dose
  • 3,465,304 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Overall the incidence of COVID-19 infection is declining across the country, the five day moving average is 1,407 and we see a stabilisation of ICU and hospital admissions.

"Incidence of COVID-19 in adolescents and young adults is falling significantly and we are seeing early encouraging signs that the rate of infection is plateauing in children of school-going age. NPHET will continue to monitor this trend over the coming weeks.

"Vaccination continues to offer the best protection against the most severe effects of COVID-19 including hospitalisation and death.

"Anyone yet to avail of vaccination is strongly encouraged to do so. Local vaccination sites are available on HSE.ie."

Update 11:40 am EST: 1,210 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 211,939 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,381,349 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 9,892 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Six more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,430. Four of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 7 - 10 am September 8, while two occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of September 8, there have been 2,475,196 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,293,709 were first doses and 1,181,487 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has today announced a campus vaccination drive initiative, nicknamed ‘Jabbathon,’ which will involve 60 walk-in clinics across some 30 campuses.

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann said: “By getting vaccinated, students will be playing a vital part in getting normality back – reducing the threat of disruption to their education and all aspects of student life.”

The Jabbathon campus initiative follows the success of the Big Jab Weekend last month. Final figures from that initiative show that 12,052 first doses were administered over the weekend, along with 9,622 second doses.

The announcement comes ahead of the end of operations for Northern Ireland’s mass vaccination clinics this weekend. They have been concentrating mainly on administering second vaccines doses since the end of July.

Major push to vaccine students.

📢The “Jabbathon” initiative will involve 60 walk-in clinics across some 30 campuses – offering 💉first jabs to students across Northern Ireland’s universities and Further Education colleges.@Economy_NI @compharmacyni

➡️https://t.co/Fs2sGVDuHn pic.twitter.com/dN1wCmE8SN

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) September 8, 2021

September 7

Update 12:05 pm EST: The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed to a number of modest relaxations to the current Coronavirus Regulations. The following changes will come into effect at 5 pm on Friday,  September 10, 2021:

Domestic indoor settings

  • Recognising the impact that the pandemic has had on families, the maximum number of people who may meet indoors in a domestic setting is increased to 15 from up to 4 households.

Hospitality settings

  • The Executive has agreed that the current requirement for table service will be eased, both indoors and outdoors, to enable customers to go to the bar to place orders or pay. However, in indoor settings, customers will still be required to return to their table in order to consume their food or drink. Because there is less risk in outdoor settings, the prohibition on standing to consume food and drink outdoors will be removed.
  • It was also agreed to remove the prohibition on movement and standing to allow customers to play darts, pool, gaming machines etc.
  • The hospitality sector will also need to consider how best to manage the movement and queueing of customers to mitigate risk. In addition, the requirement to wear face coverings while not seated indoors will continue.

Music and dancing

  • In relation to indoor, live performance events (concerts and gigs) the requirements for tickets to be purchased in advance and allocated seating is removed. However customers must still be seated and the requirement to record contact details for all attendees continues.
  • The current restriction on music to background or ambient levels where that restriction currently applies is removed.
  • In addition, the current restriction on dancing in indoor settings is removed insofar as it applies to post wedding and civil partnership celebrations.

Working from home

  • While the message to work from home where possible and appropriate remains, the Executive would encourage employers to plan for a return to the workplace with consideration of mitigations to control the spread of the virus and engagement with employees and their representatives on the beneficial use of flexible working where appropriate.

Update 11:40 am EST: As of 4:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,470 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 367 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 59 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

The latest 5-day moving average is 1,381.

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 359,420 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Monday, September 6. There have been 5,112 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 1.

As of Monday, September 6, there have been 6,937,291 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,483,067 people have received their first dose
  • 3,454,224 people are fully vaccinated

Update 11:20 am EST: 1,748 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 210,729 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,373,465 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 10,316 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Seven more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,424. Four of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 6 - 10 am September 7, while three occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of September 7, there have been 2,470,155 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,292,837 were first doses and 1,177,318 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

September 6 

Update 1:10 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,144 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 357,955.

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 384 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, with 59 patients in ICU testing positive for the virus.

A total of 6,924,260 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been administered in Ireland, with 3,713,713 receiving at least one dose and 3,210,547 receiving two doses. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,764 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in the region to 208,981. 

The Department announced a further nine COVID deaths, taking Northern Ireland's death toll to 2,417. 

A total of 10,024 people have tested positive for the virus in Northern Ireland over past seven days, down from 10,893 last week. 

There are currently 407 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with COVID-19, with 46 ICU patients testing positive for the virus. 

Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 104%, while there are 134 active outbreaks in Northern Irish care homes. 

A total of 2,465,965 have now been administered in Northern Ireland.

September 5

Update 11:30 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,180 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 356,819. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 362 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, with 59 patients in ICU testing positive for the virus.

A total of 6,906,930 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 3,708,326 receiving at least one dose and 3,198,604 receiving two doses. 

A total of 92% of Irish adults are now partially vaccinated, while 89% of adults are fully vaccinated. 

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that 90% of Irish adults would be fully vaccinated by early week. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,232 new cases of the virus and seven further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,408. 

A total of 2,462,140 doses of the vaccine have now been administered in Northern Ireland.

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

September 4

Update 11:20 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,703 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Ireland to 355,639. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 363 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, with 52 patients in ICU testing positive for the virus.

A total of 6,892,273 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 3,703,755 receiving at least one dose and 3,188,518 receiving two doses. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has reported 1,812 new cases of the virus and seven further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,401. 

A total of 2,459,543 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

September 3

Update 12:10 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,414 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Ireland to 352,529. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 353 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, with 55 patients in ICU testing positive for the virus. 

A total of 6,871,433 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 3,698,849 receiving at least one dose and 3,172,584 receiving two doses. 

A total of 89% of Irish adults have now been fully vaccinated, while 82% of people over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated against the virus. 

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has reported a reduction in Ireland's 14-day incidence rate per 100,000, standing at 493 per 100,000 on September 1 compared to 532 a week previously. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,248 new cases of the virus and nine further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,394. 

There are currently 409 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with COVID-19, with 46 patients in ICU testing posting for the virus. 

Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 105%, while there are 130 active outbreaks of the virus in Northern Irish care homes. 

A total of 2,456,256 doses of the vaccine have now been administered in the region. 

September 2

Update 1:15 pm EST: As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,751 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 343 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 59 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 352,529 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Wednesday, September 1. There have been 5,112 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 1.

As of Wednesday, September 1, there have been 6,853,648 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,460,642 people have received their first dose
  • 3,393,006 people are fully vaccinated

Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) today said: “If you had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and you do not want a second dose of AstraZeneca, you can choose to get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine [Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna] dose instead. 

If you want to get an mRNA vaccine after having 1 dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, you can go to a Pfizer or Moderna dose 2 walk-in vaccination clinic. More details here: https://t.co/Asxm6RakxC#ForUsAll

— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) September 2, 2021

Update 1:00 pm EST: 793  individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 202,925 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,336,295 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 9,393 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

12 more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,385. 11 of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 1 - 10 am September 2, while one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of September 2, there have been 2,452,955 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,287,633 were first doses and 1,165,322 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Rapid tests are now available at 400 community pharmacies in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health said today. You can learn more here.

Rapid #COVID19 tests are now available to collect from over 400 community pharmacies across Northern Ireland.

READ MORE ➡️ https://t.co/Ws3ZN0uUZk@cathyharrison00 | @compharmacyni | @BootsUK pic.twitter.com/TdbdewDJ7S

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) September 2, 2021

September 1

Update 1:05 pm EST:  As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,789 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 360 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 56 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 354,236 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Tuesday, August 31. There have been 5,112 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 1.

As of Tuesday, August 31, there have been 6,836,122 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,455,838 people have received their first dose
  • 3,380,284 people are fully vaccinated

From today, Ireland's public transport will return to 100% capacity as part of the newly-announced plan to wind down all COVID restrictions by the end of October. The wearing of face masks on public transport remains mandatory.

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced major updates to Ireland’s vaccination programme - Pregnant people to be offered mRNA COVID-19 vaccination at any stage of pregnancy, and imunocompromised individuals aged 12 years and older will be able to receive an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Regarding pregnant people receiving an mRNA vaccination, Minister Donnelly said: "The evidence shows that vaccination is the best way to protect both mother and baby from serious harm from COVID-19 and I am pleased to today announce that COVID-19 vaccination will be available at all stages of pregnancy.

"I am aware that many pregnant people and their partners will have questions about this update to the vaccination programme, and I encourage anyone who has any concerns to engage with their obstetric care team and the many trusted sources of information available in order to make the best decision for you and your baby."

Regarding a third vaccine dose for people who are immunocompromised, Minister Donnelly said: "Since the very beginning of this pandemic, we have worked to protect those most at high risk from severe illness and death from COVID-19. I hope that the opportunity to receive a third or booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine brings comfort and reassurance to people that these vaccines are very safe and effective and offer protection from COVID-19.

"I will now work with my department, the HSE and the High Level Task Force to implement these recommendations as soon as possible.

"As we move into this new stage of the pandemic, it is more important than ever that all of those eligible for vaccination but who remain unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, should initiate or complete their vaccination course. Vaccination along with our continued adherence to the public health advice we are all so familiar with are the best ways we can protect ourselves, our loves ones and our country’s reopening.

"If you display symptoms of COVID-19 like cough, fever, headache, sore throat and blocked or runny nose - isolate and get a test immediately. Continue to regularly wash hands, wear a mask when appropriate, keep your distance, open windows and ventilate indoor spaces, and choose outdoors where possible for meeting others."

Also today, Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan today reminding the Irish public of the importance of wearing masks:

We wear masks to protect others from #COVID19. We should all continue to wear masks in appropriate settings, even if you are fully vaccinated. #COVID19 #ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/e8Ay74B3kL

— Dr Tony Holohan (@CMOIreland) September 1, 2021

Update 12:10 pm EST: 1,472 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 202,132  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,332,707 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 10,378 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Nine more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,373. Seven of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am August 31 - 10 am September 1, while two occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of September 1, there have been 2,449,587 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,286,025 were first doses and 1,163,562 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

August 31

Update 1:45 pm EST: You can learn more about Ireland's plan to conclude its remaining COVID restrictions here

Update 1:05 pm EST: Taoiseach Micheal Martin delivers a live address regarding the rollback of restrictions in Ireland:

Taoiseach @MichealMartinTD announces the latest plan for the easing of #Covid19 restrictions | Live blog: https://t.co/ZtFAlZa8c9 https://t.co/2VXvHSmE6W

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) August 31, 2021

Update 12:35 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,382 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 355 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 54 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 352,447 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Monday, August 30. There have been 5,092 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, August 25.

As of Monday, August 30, there have been 6,818,637 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,451,531 people have received their first dose
  • 3,367,106 people are fully vaccinated

Update 11:50 am EST: Taoiseach Micheál Martin is due to address the nation at 6 pm local time today. He is expected to unveil the government's plans to roll back remaining COVID restrictions by the end of October.

Update 11:45 am EST: 1,313 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 200,660  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,327,258 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 10,620 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Six more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,364. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am August 30 - 10 am August 31.

As of August 31, there have been 2,445,876 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,284,443 were first doses and 1,161,433 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

August 30

Update 12:45 pm EST: Due to the bank holiday weekend, Northern Ireland’s COVID dashboard will not be updated until tomorrow, August 31.

1,259 positive cases and sadly six deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

As of today, August 30, 2,442,855 total COVID vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland - 1,283,099 first doses and 1,159,756 second doses.

NI #COVID19 data has been updated:

📊1,259 positive cases and sadly six deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.

💉2,442,855 vaccines administered in total.

Vaccines➡️ https://t.co/Yfa0hHVmRL

The dashboard will be updated again on Tuesday 31 August. pic.twitter.com/VW0PFxry06

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) August 30, 2021

Update 12:35 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,293 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 382 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 61 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 351,065 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Sunday, August 29. There have been 5,092 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, August 25.

As of Sunday, August 29, there have been 6,801,702 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,446,217 people have received their first dose
  • 3,355,485 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "As many children return to classrooms across the country today, it is important to highlight to both children and their parents that considerable preparations have been made to reopen schools safely.

"Our data clearly shows that, to date, the school environment was not a major source of disease transmission.

"In order to go back to school as safely as possible, my advice to children is to wash your hands or use hand sanitiser regularly and follow the protocols operating in your school.

"Parents, please keep in mind the symptoms to look out for and do not send your child to school if they display any of them. Instead, help them to isolate and contact your GP for advice and arrange a test if appropriate. I would also urge caution when participating in activities with classmates outside the school environment, which have proven to be settings where outbreaks and transmission in children have occurred in the past. This will help to prevent further transmission and potential outbreaks."

Stephen Donnelly, Ireland’s Minister for Health, today said that over 80 percent of Ireland’s population aged 12 and over is now fully vaccinated:

Update on our COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Over 6.8m doses now administered.

Huge progress and thanks to everyone involved, especially all of those who came forward for vaccination.

Remember anyone age 12+ can come forward for vaccination at any time. pic.twitter.com/Dv2DgxU2y8

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) August 30, 2021

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive, today noted that adhering to public health measures remains important despite high levels of vaccination:

382 #COVID19 patients in hospital today, 60 in ICU. A strong reminder that the virus is still causing illness. Vaccination offers strong protection but it's still important to be conscious of the risks by continuing public health measures. These provide protection too. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) August 30, 2021

August 27

Update 1:00 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,875 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 326 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 59 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 346,070 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Thursday, August 26. There have been 5,092 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, August 24.

As of Thursday, August 26, there have been 6,736,217 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,417,556 people have received their first dose
  • 3,318,661 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Ireland’s fourteen-day incidence is currently 531 per 100,000. This means that as per ECDC categorisation, Ireland is now classified as dark red with incidence higher than 500 per 100,000. This demonstrates that there is presently a high level of virus transmitting in Ireland. With so much disease circulating in the community, the reality is that if you are unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated you are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and potentially becoming very unwell.

"Today and over this weekend, the HSE are operating walk-in COVID-19 vaccination centres right across the country for anyone aged 12 years and older. This increased opportunity for vaccination is a real sign of hope and I strongly encourage anyone who has not yet attended for their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to avail of these vaccination centres this weekend. Please make sure to take up your second dose of vaccine as soon as it is offered to you. These vaccines are very safe and effective at protecting against the worst effects of COVID-19.

"As we come into the weekend, it’s important to risk assess your plans, particularly if you are not yet fully vaccinated. Try to meet up in small groups, meet outdoors and avoid crowds if possible. If you need to meet indoors with others, please ensure the room is well ventilated. Please also continue to wear a mask where appropriate, wash your hands, manage your contacts, and maintain your social distance.

"If you are in an environment that feels unsafe then feel empowered to leave. Remember that if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms at all, self-isolate - do not meet up with others or attend any events - and arrange a PCR test through the HSE as soon as possible."

Update 11:10 am EST: 1,875 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 195,433  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,308,414 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 11,664 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Five more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,337. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am August 26 - 10 am August 27.

As of August 27, there have been 2,434,651 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,279,093 were first doses and 1,155,558 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

A number of changes to Northern Ireland’s international country travel lists were confirmed last night, August 26.

From 4 am on Monday, August 30, the following changes will be introduced:

  • Demark, Lithuania, Finland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, the Azores, and Canada have been added to the Green list.
  • There are no changes to the Amber list. 
  • Thailand and Montenegro will be added to the Red list.

You can find out more about Northern Ireland’s entry regulations here on NI Direct.

August 26

Update 12:40 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,866 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 331 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 61 of those patients in intensive

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 344,195 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Wednesday, August 25. There have been 5,092 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, August 24.

As of Wednesday, August 25, there have been 6,705,120 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,407,879 people have received their first dose
  • 3,297,241 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today; "This evening, 61 people with COVID-19 are receiving critical care in hospital. That is the highest number since 3 April this year.

"Critical care is our last line of defence against COVID-19 and I know this figure will concern many of us. There are however many other ways we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from severe outcomes from COVID-19.

"Vaccination remains our best means of protection against COVID-19. The vaccines available in Ireland are very safe and effective against COVID-19. There are still some people who haven’t yet taken up the opportunity of vaccination, or who have delayed receiving a second dose for various reasons. I strongly encourage anyone who is in this position to ensure they get fully vaccinated as soon as possible in order to best protect themselves and those around them.

"When incidence of disease is high, as it is in Ireland at the moment, it greatly increases the risk to you of contracting COVID-19. If you complete your vaccine schedule you will be fully protected 7 – 14 days after your second dose.

"Vaccination, along with continuing adherence to the public health advice, will break the chains of transmission and drive down incidence of COVID-19 in our communities.

"If you display symptoms of COVID-19 like cough, fever, headache, sore throat and blocked or runny nose - isolate and get a test immediately. Continue to regularly wash hands, wear a mask when appropriate, keep your distance, open windows and ventilate indoor spaces and avoid crowds. Manage your social contacts and choose outdoors where possible for meeting others."

Update 11:30 am EST: 1,550 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 193,558  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,301,629 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 11,642 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Four more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,332. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am August 25 - 10 am August 26.

As of August 26, there have been 2,428,676 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,275,554 were first doses and 1,153,122 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

August 25

Update 1:45 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 6:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 2,051 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 323 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 56 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 342,329 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Tuesday, August 24. There have been 5,074 deaths,including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, August 18.

As of Tuesday, August 24, there have been 6,675,404 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,398,237 people have received their first dose
  • 3,277,167 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "While we have increasing levels of vaccination across the population, we continue to have significant concerns over the Delta variant and the increase in the incidence of disease across a range of factors. Unfortunately, this variant is still circulating widely.

"Over 70% of cases are in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people and we are seeing a high incidence of COVID-19 in adults and teenagers aged 16-29. If you haven’t yet registered for your vaccine or have delayed receiving your second dose, please do so as soon as possible. We know that vaccines work. They are about 80% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 disease and they provide approximately 95% protection against hospitalisation.

"It is very important that we remain vigilant and continue to follow the public health measures that we are all so familiar with. This is especially important for anyone who is soon to return to school and college.

"Continue to wear a mask, wash your hands properly and often, maintain a social distance, manage your contacts and avoid crowds."

Update 12:00 pm EST: 1,771 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 192,008  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,296,606 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 11,917 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Five more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,328. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am August 24 - 10 am August 25.

As of August 25, there have been 2,422,194 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,272,071 were first doses and 1,150,123 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Mobile vaccination clinics are continuing to deliver first doses in Northern Ireland. You can learn more here.

Pop-up vaccination clinics are continuing to deliver first and second doses across Northern Ireland 🚐💉

More info: https://t.co/lFhtprFjr7

Keep up to date: https://t.co/ygDvQlhn3L pic.twitter.com/c1Q0Rd79Jv

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) August 25, 2021

Northern Ireland’s Covid Certification Service is now open for those planning to travel within the next three months. You can learn more and find out how to apply on the NI Direct website here.

Northern Ireland’s #COVID19 Certification Service is now open for those planning to travel within the next three months.

➡️ https://t.co/BDs00W8pfa pic.twitter.com/O4YA7NOjC1

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) August 24, 2021

August 24

Update 11:30 am EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 2 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,571 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 307 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 55 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 340,278 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Monday, August 23. There have been 5,074 deaths,including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, August 18.

As of Monday 23 August, there have been 6,641,944 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,388,202 people have received their first dose
  • 3,253,742 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "On average, we have reported 1,814 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per day for the last 5 days. Our 14-day incidence is now 526 per 100,000 population. This is an extremely high incidence of disease circulating in our communities.

"Mask wearing is a simple and effective way of breaking the chains of transmission. If you are infected but do not have symptoms or have yet to develop symptoms, you can still spread the virus to others. Face masks help reduce this risk. By wearing a mask, you protect those around you. In January 2021, 94% of people reported wearing face masks in public places, and 93% in February and in March. As of this month, that figure has dropped to 84%.

"Please, continue to wear a mask in indoor settings like retail, on public transport and in restaurants and in crowded outdoor settings. This remains a simple but important measure that we all can take to prevent this virus spreading in our communities."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group said today: "Our modelling is telling us that we should soon reach the peak of the current wave of infections caused by the Delta variant.

"We have been living with COVID-19 restrictions for a significant period of time – it is now 542 days since we reported the first case of COVID-19 in Ireland. It is understandable that many of us are tired of the public health measures that we continue to advise.

"Unfortunately, this disease continues to evolve and the very best way we can protect ourselves and each other is to continue to do our very best to follow the public health advice. A high level of protection against the spread of disease is on the horizon once all of us who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine do so, and importantly, once we all complete the full dosing schedule. You will be fully protected 7 -14 days after your first dose."

Dr. Michael Power, National Clinical Lead, HSE Critical Care Programme and Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Beaumont Hospital said today: "There are currently 55 people in intensive care in our hospitals. Critical care is our last defence against COVID-19. All of our ICUs have limited capacity – when ICU beds are required by patients with COVID-19, it reduces what is available in the system for other patients who require critical care.

"The best way for all of us to protect our critical care capacity and our health service is to complete our vaccination programmes as soon as possible and to continue to follow the public health advice. Please do all you can to avoid transmitting this disease to your family, your friends, your co-workers and to those in your community."

Dr. Cillian De Gascun, Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory and Medical Virologist said today: "About 60% of people with COVID-19 who are currently receiving critical care are people who are eligible to be vaccinated. This is a stark reminder to all of us to receive our COVID-19 vaccines as soon as we are eligible to do so.

"If you haven’t registered yet, please do and ensure you receive both doses of your vaccine. Continue to be vigilant and avoid large crowds were possible. If you are attending an event, remember to keep your distance, wear a mask and if you do not feel safe, then leave."

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive, said today that nearly 86 percent of adults in Ireland are fully vaccinated:

Gap between adults partially & fully vaccinated continues to close. Almost 86% of adults fully vaccinated & 91% partially. Now over 144,000 12-15 year olds registered & 88,000 administered. 307 #COVID19 patients in hospital & 60 in ICU is still our focus of concern. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) August 24, 2021

Update 11:15 am EST: 1,648 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 190,237  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,291,517 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 11,886 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

12 more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,323. Nine of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period,10 am August 23 - 10 am August 24, while three occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of August 24, there have been 2,417,807 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,270,066 were first doses and 1,147,741 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

August 23

Update 12:45 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,592 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Ireland to 338,707. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 318 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 60 ICU patients have been diagnosed with the virus.

A total of 6,614,044 doses of the vaccine have now been administered in Ireland, with 3,607,097 people receiving at least one dose and 3,006,947 receiving two doses.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said that Ireland has yet to reach the peak of the current wave of infection. 

"The median age of those in ICU is 55 - this means that 50% of the patients currently in ICU with Covid-19 are aged less than 55 years," Holohan said. 

"Over the weekend, we reported that the number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in hospital in a single day had reached a level not seen since mid-February this year.

"Unfortunately, all of this indicates that we are still not at the peak of this wave of Covid-19 and that many people continue to experience severe illness due to [the virus]."

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,320 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of cases in the region to 188,589. 

The Department additionally announced nine further covid-related deaths as the region's death toll climbed to 2,311.

There are currently 352 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with the coronavirus, while 43 ICU patients have tested positive for the virus. 

Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 100%, while there are 132 active outbreaks in Northern Irish care homes. 

A total of 2,414,189 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been administered in Northern Ireland, meaning that more than 9 million doses of the vaccine have now been administered on the island of Ireland.

August 22

Update 11:15 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,688 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Ireland to 337,117.

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 314 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 59 ICU patients have been diagnosed with the virus.

The HSE said that the current hospitalization figures are the highest since the end of March. 

A total of 6,593,688 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been administered in Ireland, with 3,598,868 people receiving at least one dose and 2,994,820 receiving two doses.

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said that 91% of Irish adults were now partially vaccinated against the vaccine, while 85% of adults are now fully vaccinated. 

Reid added that 135,000 children aged between 12 and 15 have now registered for their coronavirus vaccine, with 77,000 children in that age bracket receiving their first dose of the vaccine. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,485 new cases of the virus and 11 further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,302. 

A total of 2,408,221 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Only limited figures are reported in the region on weekends. 

August 21

Update 11 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 2,125 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 335,429. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 259 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 54 ICU patients have been diagnosed with the virus.

A total of 6,574,056 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been administered in Ireland, with 3,586,658 people receiving at least one dose and 2,987,398 people receiving two doses. 

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said that recent daily cases numbers are "of significant concern". 

"The number of newly confirmed #COVID19 cases in hospital in the last 24 hours has reached a level not seen since mid-February. This upward trend in serious infection is of significant concern, increasing the pressure on frontline healthcare services and non-COVID care," Holohan said on Twitter. 

Holohan urged anyone who has not yet availed of a coronavirus vaccine to come forward and limit their risk of severe infection. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,612 new cases of the virus and four further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,291. 

A total of 2,401,296 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Only limited figures are released in the region on weekends.

August 20

Update 12:40 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 2,098 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 333,304. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 251 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 52 ICU patients have been diagnosed with the virus. 

A total of 6,536,284 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have now been administered in Ireland, with 3,571,239 people receiving at least one dose and 2,965,045 receiving two doses. 

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said that more than 90% of Ireland's adult population are now partially vaccinated, while roughly 84% of the adult population are fully vaccinated. 

"So, what we have to do [over the] next few weeks is close that gap now between second and first doses," Reid told RTÉ News. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 2,397 new cases, taking the total number of cases in the region to 184,172. 

The Department also announced nine further coronavirus-related deaths, taking Northern Ireland's death toll to 2,287. 

There are currently 388 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 47 ICU patients have also been diagnoed with the virus. 

Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 101%, while there are 134 active outbreaks of the virus in Northern Irish care homes. 

A total of 2,395,542 have now been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Northern Irish Health Minister Robin Swann described recent coronavirus figures as "deeply concerning". 

"The Delta variant is taking its toll on Northern Ireland and it is vital that as many of our citizens as possible are vaccinated," Swann said on Friday. 

August 19

Update 1:10 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 6 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,818 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 244 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 52 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 331,206 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Wednesday, August 18. There have been 5,074 deaths, according to weekly data that includes probable and possible deaths.

As of Wednesday, August 18, there have been 6,499,009 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,330,831 people have received their first dose
  • 3,168,178 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "We are experiencing a rapid rise in the incidence of the disease across the country, with 12,348 cases reported in the last 7 days. This means that the virus is now circulating widely in our communities.

"While the vaccine programme continues, we need to allow time for the levels of immunity in the community to increase. The Delta variant spreads through close contact with others. Where possible, please continue to work from home and remember that small group meet ups in outdoor or well-ventilated indoor spaces are safer for everyone.

"Follow the public health advice and take the opportunity to be vaccinated with all recommended doses - these are our safeguards against the spread of the virus. The risk of outbreaks in group settings, such as in workplaces or at social gatherings, can be minimised through strong adherence to social distancing, avoiding crowds, mask wearing and good hand hygiene.

"If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, please ensure to self-isolate immediately and get a free test through the HSE as soon as possible."

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive, said today that more than 90 percent of adults in Ireland are now partially vaccinated:

6.5M vaccines now administered here. Just on 84% of adults fully vaccinated & over 90% partially. The vaccines continue to reduce illness, hospitalisation, admittance to ICU & mortality. But please continue to take caution as the virus is still hugely prevalent. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) August 19, 2021

Update 11:25 am EST: 1,963 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 181,775  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,268,235 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 10,460 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Nine more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,278. Six of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period,10 am August 18 - 10 am August 19, while three occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of August 19, there have been 2,389,725 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,256,779 were first doses and 1,132,946 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Northern Ireland’s ‘Big Jab Weekend’ kicks off on this Saturday, August 21. Mass vaccination centres across the region will once again offer walk-in first jabs for all adults. Learn more here.

The Big Jab Weekend is nearly here!

Mass vaccination centres will once again offer walk-in first jabs for all adults on 21 and 22 August.

That’s on top of ongoing vaccinations at mobile clinics and participating community pharmacies.

➡️ https://t.co/ygDvQlhn3L#BigJabWeekend pic.twitter.com/dgFXkGWRt8

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) August 19, 2021

August 18

Update 1:10 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,861 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 249 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 54 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 329,388 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Tuesday, August 17. There have been 5,074 deaths, according to weekly data that includes probable and possible deaths.

As of Tuesday, August 17, there have been 6,456,918 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,315,602 people have received their first dose
  • 3,141,316 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "The number of patients with COVID-19 in hospital and ICU has continued to increase in recent weeks. At the moment, 43% of patients with COVID-19 in ICU are aged less than 50 years of age. This is a stark reminder to all of us to continue to adhere to the public health guidance and to ensure to receive both doses of COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it offered.

"In the main, we have seen very high vaccination figures in our population, particularly in the over 60s cohort who were offered their vaccines first. Unfortunately, incidence of disease is increasing across all age groups. COVID-19 vaccines are ensuring that those who are fully vaccinated are protected from the severe illness and poor outcomes related to this disease. For every fully vaccinated confirmed case of COVID-19, we know that vaccines are preventing about 4 other cases.

"We have shown time and time again in this country that we can break the chains of transmission of COVID-19 and continue to protect ourselves and our loved ones by supporting one another to adhere to the public health advice. If you display symptoms of COVID-19 like cough, fever, headache, sore throat and blocked or runny nose - isolate and get a test immediately. Continue to socialise safely by risk assessing, meeting outdoors where possible. Only meet up with small numbers of people and avoid crowds. Remember, it is OK to leave if you do not feel safe."

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive, said today that Ireland received its biggest weekly delivery of vaccines:

Today we received our biggest weekly delivery of vaccines to this country of over 540,000 doses. This was hugely boosted by the first tranche of a total of 700,000 Romanian reallocated vaccines. It's key that we get to the smaller percentages of people now unvaccinated @HSELive pic.twitter.com/XCd3WczE7c

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) August 18, 2021

Update 11:25 am EST: 1,345 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 179,812  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,262,776 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 9,974 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Eleven more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,269. Ten of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period,10 am August 17 - 10 am August 18, while one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of August 18, there have been 2,384,396 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,255,312 were first doses and 1,129,084 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Ahead of Northern Ireland’s ‘Big Jab Weekend,’ Health Minister Robin Swann said: "When we get jabbed, we're protecting others." You can learn more about vaccinations n Northern Ireland here.

‘Vaccination is the single biggest contribution people can make to getting normality back. It helps open doors to nights out, travel, music and sports events and the many other things we have missed’ - Health Minister#BigJabWeekend

More info ➡️ https://t.co/ygDvQlhn3L pic.twitter.com/jMpMvXcYYD

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) August 18, 2021

August 17

Update 12:45 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,496 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 248 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 54 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 327,684 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Monday, August 16. There have been 5,059 deaths, according to weekly data that includes probable and possible deaths.

As of Monday, August 16, there have been 6,409,339 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,299,720 people have received their first dose
  • 3,109,619 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "As a public health doctor, I am keenly aware of the impact the public health advice has had on all in society. Making the decision not to attend work or socialise if you are displaying symptoms can be very difficult. Similarly, choosing to leave a family gathering or social event because it doesn’t feel safe is hard and can cause anxiety.

"Unfortunately, the fact remains that incidence of COVID-19 in Ireland is continuing to increase. Our current 14-day incidence is 493 per 100,000, the highest it’s been since 31 January, and incidence of disease is continuing to rise steadily in nearly all age groups and in 21 out of 26 counties.

"Last Tuesday, we were seeing an average of 3 people with COVID-19 admitted to ICU per day. Today, that figure has doubled to 6 people with COVID-19 admitted to ICU per day.

"If we didn’t have vaccination our current 14-day incidence would be approximately 1,000 per 100,000 and we would be seeing up to 50 people admitted to hospital for every 1,000 cases reported. Instead, we are seeing about 20 people admitted to hospital for every thousand cases reported.

"We have an opportunity over the next few weeks to break the chains of transmission by continuing to follow the public health advice that is second nature to most of us at this stage. If you have any symptoms that indicate that you may have COVID-19 like cough, fever, headache, sore throat and blocked or runny nose - isolate and get a test immediately. Make plans to socialise safely and risk assess as you go, meet up with others outdoors, if possible, try to meet up in small groups and avoid crowds. If you do not feel safe, then leave. Ensure to attend for your COVID-19 vaccine when it is your turn to do so, particularly for your second dose."

Yesterday, Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said it was "great to see such enthusiasm among younger people" for vaccinations:

A quick snapshot of the latest data on vaccine uptake. Great to see such enthusiasm among younger people! pic.twitter.com/w3Wceg5ZJO

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) August 16, 2021

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive, said that 82 percent of adults in Ireland are now fully vaccinated:

Now over 6.4M vaccines administered here with 82% of adults fully vaccinated & 90% partially. Continued great progress too on the 12-15 year olds, with almost 100,000 registered & 47,000 administered. The vaccines are working & give us a pathway to a brighter future. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) August 17, 2021

Update 9:33 am EST: 1,564 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 178,467  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,258,787 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 10,099 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Seven more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,258. Five of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period,10 am August 16 - 10 am August 17, while two occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of August 17, there have been 2,376,682 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,252,746 were first doses and 1,123,936 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Northern Ireland will host a “Big Jab Weekend” this weekend, August 21 - 22 where Northern Ireland’s mass vaccination centres will once again offer walk-in first jabs for all adult age groups.

The ‘Big Jab Weekend’ will be the last chance for anyone aged 18 and over to get their first jab at a mass vaccination centre

Health Minister Robin Swann said: “We want to offer people as many opportunities as possible to get the jab. There is still demand for vaccination – the take-up at walk-in clinics demonstrates that. 

“No appointment will be needed at the vaccination centres this weekend or at the ongoing walk-in clinics – just turn up and get your jab at a time that suits you. It couldn’t be easier.

“Vaccination is saving lives. When we get jabbed, we are protecting ourselves, protecting others and protecting the health service. It is the single biggest contribution people can make to getting normality back. It helps opens doors to nights out, travel, music and sports events and to so many other things we have missed so much in the last 18 months.”

‘Big Jab Weekend’ is taking place across NI on 21 and 22 August.

Mass vaccination centres will once again offer walk-in first jabs for all adults.

That’s on top of ongoing vaccinations at mobile clinics and participating community pharmacies.

➡️https://t.co/BsFLp83pb9 pic.twitter.com/aKgSLCRY8e

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) August 17, 2021

August 16

Update 1:10 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 6 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,558 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 262 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 51 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 324,747 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Saturday, August 14. There have been 5,059 deaths, according to weekly data that includes probable and possible deaths.

As of Sunday, August 15, there have been 6,371,213 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,288,098 people have received their first dose
  • 3,083,115 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Though we have growing levels of vaccination across the population, there is now a very high level of disease circulating in the community. The Delta variant has enabled COVID-19 to regain a foothold in Ireland, which puts us all at risk as social contacts and mobility increase. We are closely monitoring the spread of the virus with some concern.

"Vaccines will help us turn the tide, but we are not there yet. We need to give vaccines the time and space to build up levels of protection across all demographics so that we can continue to progress the re-opening of all sectors of society and our economy.

"Please get vaccinated as soon as a vaccine is offered to you. It is also very important that people receive their second dose of vaccine as soon as you are called to do so. You will be fully protected one or two weeks after your second dose, depending on which vaccine you have received.

"I am asking people to be cautious and to closely follow public health advice over the coming weeks, in particular in the run up to schools reopening in September.

"We all know what this means, and, more importantly, we know that by following the public health advice we can drive down incidence of COVID-19 in our communities. If you have any symptoms that indicate that you may have COVID-19 like cough, fever, headache, sore throat and blocked or runny nose isolate and get a test immediately. Make plans to socialise safely and risk assess as you go, meet up with others outdoors if possible, try to meet up in small groups and avoid crowds. If you do not feel safe, then leave.

"Please continue to wear a mask where appropriate, wash your hands, manage your contacts, and maintain your social distance."

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today said it is "Great to see Ireland doing so well on vaccines:"

Great to see Ireland doing so well on vaccines - a reflection of the huge work being done by our vaccine teams, GPs, pharmacists and so many others across the country. (source ECDC) pic.twitter.com/4ToDifT5Pw

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) August 16, 2021

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive, today noted that the recent hospitalization figures reflect the progress of Ireland’s vaccination programme:

Today we've now 259 #COVID19 patients in hospital (up from just 40 over 6 weeks ago), 48 of those in ICU. Without vaccines in January we saw hospital cases of over 2,000. But it's a strong reminder to us all to stick with what works, public health measures & vaccines. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) August 16, 2021

Update 11:50 am EST: 1,306 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 176,903  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,254,249 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 9,991 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Three more deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,251. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period,10 am August 15 - 10 am August 16.

As of August 16, there have been 2,371,369 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,251,182 were first doses and 1,120,187 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

From today, people in Northern Ireland who have been fully vaccinated no longer need to self-isolate after coming into close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. More information is available here.

People who are fully vaccinated no longer need to self-isolate if they've been in close contact with someone with #COVID19

Instead, they should get a PCR test on day 2 and day 8.

Those not fully vaccinated should still self-isolate for 10 days.

➡️https://t.co/EqQwGiVbKZ pic.twitter.com/cd1GqLUo7q

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) August 16, 2021

August 15

Update 11 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,758 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Ireland to 324,747. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 248 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 48 ICU patients have been diagnosed with the virus. 

A total of 6,350,278 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland to date, with 3,498,072 receiving at least one dose and 2,852,206 receiving two doses. 

More than 75,000 children aged between 12 and 15 have registered for a vaccine since registration opened two days ago, while more than 30,000 people in that age bracket have already received a vaccine. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,294 new cases of the virus and three further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,248. 

A total of 2,366,260 doses of the vaccine have now been administered in the region. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends.

August 14

Update 11 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 2,078 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 322,989. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 229 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 43 ICU patients have been diagnosed with the virus. 

A total of 6,326,226 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 3,479,514 people receiving at least one dose and 2,846,712 people receiving both doses. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,437 new cases of the virus and five further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,245.

A total of 2,362,361 have been administered in Northern Ireland to date.

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends.

August 13

Update 12:50 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,978 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Ireland to 320,915. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 221 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 43 ICU patients have been diagnosed with the virus. 

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn said that incident rates were rising in every 26 counties and across all age groups. 

"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.

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

"While vaccination has very positively impacted on the proportion of positive cases who end up in hospital or critical care, the current high and increasing incidence will nevertheless result in a significant number of people getting very sick with Covid-19."

A total of 6,288,754 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 3,468,729 people receiving their first dose and 2,820,025 people receiving both doses. 

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that 80% of the Irish adult population has now been fully vaccinated, while almost 90% of adults have received at least one dose. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,389 new cases of the virus and four further deaths, taking the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the region to 2,240. 

There have been 8,330 cases of the virus in Northern Ireland over the last seven days, while there have been 172,866 cases since the outbreak of the pandemic. 

A total of 2,356,600 doses of the vaccine have now been administered in Northern Ireland. 

August 12

Update 2:10 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

  • 1,903 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 219 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 37 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 318,937 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Wednesday, August 11. There have been 5,059 deaths, according to weekly data that includes probable and possible deaths.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: “We know that vaccines work. They are about 80% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 disease and they provide approximately 95% protection against hospitalisation. This protection against severe disease holds up even in the context of the Delta variant. Ireland’s vaccination programme is currently preventing at least 2,700 cases per week per million population.

“The COVID-19 vaccination programme has shown not only the best of scientific and medical endeavour, but also commendable solidarity by those who have come forward to receive a vaccine for the good of themselves and their wider community.

“While uptake has been fantastic, there are some who have not yet taken the opportunity to get protected through vaccination. For those who remain unsure, have questions or concerns, please access trusted sources of information like your GP or pharmacist and look at the information available on www.hse.ie."

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said today that more than 3 million people in Ireland are now fully vaccinated.

>3 million people now have full vaccination.

9/10 adults will have at least one dose by this weekend, while 4/5 will be fully-vaccinated.

This is an amazing achievement and well done to all involved. pic.twitter.com/xrYwlSQ4Ir

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) August 12, 2021

Also today, parents / guardians of children and young people can register them for a COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA) and that the first appointments will begin in the coming days.

Today parents/guardians of children and young people can register them for a COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA)

The first vaccinations for this age group will take place in the coming days.

If you want more information on these vaccines - check out https://t.co/IIIa5SmWPm pic.twitter.com/h9v2dkndWP

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) August 12, 2021

Update 1:55 pm EST: Northern Ireland’s Department of Health today announced that from Monday, August 16,  people who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to self-isolate if they've been a close contact of someone who tests positive for #COVID19. Instead, they should get a day 2 and 8 PCR test. 

Those not fully vaccinated must still self-isolate for 10 days.

You can learn more here.

From Monday 16 August, people who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to self-isolate if they've been a close contact of someone who tests positive for #COVID19

Instead, they should get a day 2 and 8 PCR test.
Those not fully vaccinated must still self-isolate for 10 days. pic.twitter.com/QbdKaCvyJ6

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) August 12, 2021

Update 1:10 pm EST: 1,610 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 171,477  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,233,940 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 9,446 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Three more deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,236. Two of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period,10 am August 11 - 10 am August 12, while the other new death occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of August 12, there have been 2,349,717 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,244,812 were first doses and 1,104,905 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Update 11:15 am EST: Ireland'sDepartment of Health has announced that 169 people have died with COVID-19 in Ireland since the beginning of April. 

A total of eight people have died so far in August, while 16 people died in July and 14 people died in June. 

More than half of the 169 deaths took place in April, with 94 people dying during the fourth month of the year. The remaining 37 deaths were recorded in May. 

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn said on Thursday that seven people who were fully vaccinated died with the virus, although he said that most of these people would have underlying conditions. 

Glynn said that COVID-19 has become a "preventable illness" and said that the risk of ending up seriously unwell after contracting the virus is now preventable due to the vaccination rollout. 

Glynn praised Irish people for their "phenomenal" uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine and said the benefit of Ireland's vaccination rollout would become apparent in the coming weeks and months. 

"Ultimately we want as many people as possible across all age groups to get vaccinated," Glynn said on Thursday.

August 11

Update 1:30 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 6 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,819 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 206 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 36 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 315,385 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Monday, August 9. There have been 5,044 deaths, according to weekly data that includes probable and possible deaths.

As of Tuesday, August 10, there have been 6,192,071 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,222,816 people have received their first dose
  • 2,969,255 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Vaccination, combined with basic public health measures, is the most effective way to protect the community against COVID-19. From tomorrow, registration for the COVID-19 vaccine programme opens for young people aged between 12 and 15 years of age. With over 6 million vaccine doses administered to date, each week we reach another important milestone in our journey out of this pandemic.

"If you are pregnant and you have concerns about taking the vaccine, speak to your GP, obstetrician or midwife for guidance and for bespoke health advice for your pregnancy. Use trusted sources of information such as the HSE or Department of Health for the latest vaccine information."

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today said that from tomorrow, August 12, vaccination registration for people aged 12 - 15 will open. You can find more information here.

Tomorrow we'll begin registration for a COVID-19 vaccine for children and young people age 12-15.

Vaccination appointments for this group will begin this weekend.

Parents seeking information can find out more on the @HSELive website - https://t.co/IIIa5S5lXO pic.twitter.com/4jWgIuAymD

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) August 11, 2021

Minister Donnelly also said today that more than three-quarters of Ireland’s population aged 16 and over have been fully vaccinated:

> three quarters of our 16+ population now have full vaccination.

Amazing work by all our vaccination teams across the country, the volunteers and support staff, the pharmacies, GPs and everyone involved. pic.twitter.com/uhPXFlbOn8

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) August 11, 2021

Update 11:40 am EST: 1,467 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 169,867  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,228,319 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 9,230 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Three more deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,233. The newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period,10 am August 10 - 10 am August 11.

As of August 11, there have been 2,343,361 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,243,125 were first doses and 1,100,236 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

August 10

Update 12:50 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,508 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 206 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 33 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

As of Monday, August 9, there have been 6,154,995 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,212,811 people have received their first dose
  • 2,942,184 people are fully vaccinated

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "COVID-19 is circulating to a significant degree in the community, but the public’s ongoing adherence to public health advice, the high levels of vaccine uptake, and the ongoing community engagement with testing centres around the country is encouraging. We continue to see good levels of cooperation with contact tracing and we must maintain this in order to break chains of transmission and keep our families and communities safe.

"Until you receive a result and if you receive a positive result from a PCR test, it is essential that you isolate and cooperate with contact tracing teams so that your close contacts can be informed. If you are a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, please come forward for a PCR test immediately if you have any symptoms or are not yet fully vaccinated to help stop the spread of this disease.

"If you are experiencing fever, cough, cold/flu symptoms, or loss of sense of smell or taste, please isolate straight away and seek a PCR test as soon as possible, either by contacting your GP or by booking a test online for one of the HSE’s COVID-19 test centres. This is also important for those who are fully vaccinated as you can still transmit COVID-19."

Update 12:15 pm EST: 1,305 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 168,400  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,222,808 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 9,063 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Two more deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,230. One of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period,10 am August 9 - 10 am August 10, while the other occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of August 10, there have been 2,335,798 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,240,811 were first doses and 1,094,987 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health today said that pop-up walk-in vaccination clinics will continue throughout August and into September.

In addition, an expanding number of community pharmacies are offering Moderna vaccine first dose appointments in Northern Ireland.

Minister for Health Robin Swann said: “The walk-in clinics continue to be effective at reaching people. Encouragingly, this shows that there is still demand for vaccination. We will continue to work hard to keep increasing the take-up rate. 

“As well as protecting more people from the virus, this will also support our hospitals during what will be an extremely difficult autumn and winter.”

The pop-up walk-in clinics provide first vaccine doses to everyone aged 16 plus. No appointment is needed. In addition, 16 and 17 year olds can get Pfizer first jabs - without appointments - at NI’s regional vaccination centres. Anyone aged 18 and over can book a Moderna first dose appointment at participating community pharmacies.

August 9

Update 1:20 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 6 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,522 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 217 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 34 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

As of Sunday, August 8, there have been 6,115,249 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,202,159 people have received their first dose
  • 2,913,090 people are fully vaccinated

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 313,87 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Sunday, August 8. There have been 5,044 deaths, according to weekly data that includes probable and possible deaths.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Over the past fortnight we have reported almost 20,000 cases. While 17% of these cases were in people who are doubly vaccinated, this is entirely in keeping with what we expect as an increasing proportion of our population get vaccinated.

"It's important to remember that this does not mean vaccines are not effective. While they will not prevent every case, they provide excellent protection against severe disease and significantly reduce the risk of hospitalisation.

"If you are awaiting or have recently received your second vaccine dose, please be aware you are not yet fully vaccinated. You will be fully vaccinated 1 week after your second dose of Pfizer and 2 weeks after your second dose of Moderna and AstraZeneca. If you have received Janssen, you should not regard yourself as fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after."

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "It is important to continue to follow the public health advice. Please remember that you should stay at home if you have any cold or flu symptoms even if you are fully vaccinated, because you could still transmit COVID-19. If you wait to isolate until you get the results of your test, you will be much more likely to pass it on to others in your family and community.

"We must work together to continue to limit the spread of the disease in our communities and key to this is not attending the workplace or socialising if you have any symptoms."

Today, Ireland’s Minsister for Health Stephen Donnelly said that almost three in four of those age 16+ are now fully vaccinated.

Update on our vaccination programme.

>6.1 million doses administered as of last night

Almost three in four of those age 16+ are now fully vaccinated,

Walk-in vaccination centres captured ~9,000 more for first doses.

Registration for 12-15 year olds later this week. pic.twitter.com/d9TWevC9UP

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) August 9, 2021

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive, said that nearly 9,000 people received one jab at Ireland's walk-in vaccination centres this past weekend.

Almost another 9,000 people had a dose 1 vaccine administered in our Walk In centres the weekend. 2/3 of these hadn't previously registered. All age groups were represented and on occasions full families attended. We're on the final leg of the vaccination programme now. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) August 9, 2021

Update 12:00 pm EST: 1,031 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 167,095  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,218,151 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 8,974 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Eight more deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,228. The newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am August 8 - 10 am August 9.

As of August 9, there have been 2,322,659 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,233,437 were first doses and 1,089,222 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Today, Northern Ireland’s Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Ian Young emphasised the clear and indisputable benefits of vaccination in the fight against COVID -19. 

“Back in December last year, for every 1000 cases of COVID-19 in NI, around 80 were admitted to hospital here,” Professor Young stated. “Now it’s in the region of 22 hospitalisations per 1000 cases. That’s a dramatic reduction.

“Clearly, the vaccination programme has made a significant difference. Its benefits are indisputable."

Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Ian Young has emphasised the clear and indisputable benefits of vaccination in the fight against COVID -19.

READ➡️https://t.co/qsTpUliiNm #vaccineswork #getvaccinated pic.twitter.com/Qhqi9n2GMK

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) August 9, 2021

August 8

Update 11:15 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,837 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 312,465.

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 208 patients in Irish hospitals who have tested positive for COVID-19, with 31 ICU patients testing positive for the virus. 

A total of 6,094,737 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been administered in Ireland, with 3,416,376 receiving their first dose and 2,678,361 receiving both doses. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,129 new cases of the coronavirus and one further death as the region's death toll to 2,220.

A total of 2,316,713 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Only limited coronavirus figures are now reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

August 7 

Update 11 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,828 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 310,628. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 198 patients in Irish hospitals who have tested positive for COVID-19, with 33 ICU patients testing positive for the virus. 

A total of 6,078,493 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been administered in Ireland, with 3,408,634 receiving their first dose and 2,669,859 receiving both doses. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,349 new cases of the coronavirus and six further deaths as the region's death toll to 2,219. 

A total of 2,310,931 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Only limited coronavirus figures are now reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

August 6

Update 2:00 pm EST: In an update today, the Department of the Taoiseach said that following the advice by the Attorney General on August 4 that regulations do provide for organised outdoor events and gatherings up to 200 people, the relevant Fáilte Ireland guidelines have been updated today and are available now on the Fáilte Ireland website.

The guidelines have also been updated to allow for live music and other performances outdoors in hospitality settings, subject to all of the relevant public health guidance.

Update 1:55 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 6:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,782 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 189 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 30 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

As of Thursday, August 5, there have been 6,039,994 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,173,756 people have received their first dose
  • 2,866,238 people are fully vaccinated

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 308,800 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Thursday, August 5. There have been 5,044 deaths, according to weekly data that includes probable and possible deaths.

"Today and this weekend, the HSE are operating additional walk-in COVID-19 vaccination centres right across the country. This time last year, we could not have hoped for such highly safe and effective vaccines to aid us in suppressing this virus, nor that we would in fact have a range of them to use. The COVID-19 vaccination programme shows not only the best of scientific endeavour, but also commendable solidarity in those who come forward to receive a vaccine for the good of their wider community.

"I strongly encourage anyone still awaiting their COVID-19 vaccine to avail of these vaccination centres this weekend. These vaccines are very effective at protecting against the worst effects of COVID-19. Not only do they offer personal protection, but the more of us who receive a vaccine, the safer we all are as a group."

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today said that just over 73 percent of Ireland’s population aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated:

It's great to see so many of our 16+ population getting their vaccines. Registration will open next week for parents of 12-15 year olds. pic.twitter.com/du061pBwYg

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) August 6, 2021

Update 10:25 am EST: 1,434 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 163,586, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,203,785 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 8,299 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Four more deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,213. The newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am August 5 - 10 am August 6.

As of August 6, there have been 2,298,017 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,224,675 were first doses and 1,073,342 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

16 and 17-year-olds in Northern Ireland are now able to get their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. More information is available here.

📢Know someone who is 𝟭𝟲 𝗼𝗿 𝟭𝟳?

First dose Pfizer #COVID19 jabs are now available for 16 and 17 year olds

✔️ Walk-in vaccination centres are open across NI today
✔️ID and proof of date of birth required

Find your nearest centre or mobile clinic ➡️ https://t.co/ygDvQlhn3L pic.twitter.com/d3JyhI5r1R

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) August 6, 2021

August 5

Update 12:55 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,491 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 193 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 28 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

As of Wednesday, August 4, there have been 5,992,433 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,159,419 people have received their first dose
  • 2,833,014 people are fully vaccinated

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "Vaccination offers a real way out of this pandemic. The positive news is that take-up in Ireland is extremely high, which shows people understand the benefits for themselves and for their communities of getting vaccinated. Those with at least a first dose in the over 40s is over 90%, in the over 30s it is 84%, in the 18 to 29 year age group it is over 73%, and in the 16-17 year age group, it is over 46%. These figures continue to increase, and each person who has come forward should be commended.

"It’s understandable that after the period of time that COVID-19 has been with us, that some people become tired of it. But the virus does not become tired. It doesn’t care if we are fed up, it only sees the opportunity to spread from person to person when we let our guard down.

"Risk assess your plans this weekend. Remember that if you have any cold or flu like symptoms at all, you should err on the side of caution and stay at home - do not meet up with others, and do not go to work. If you are an employer, remind your employees to continue working from home where possible for now, and not to attend work with any COVID-19 symptoms. Vaccines work, but they must also be supported by us all choosing to act as safely as possible."

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today said that the six millionth vaccine dose will be administered in Ireland today.

A huge thank you to everyone involved in our vaccination programme. Today will be a milestone and congratulations to the person who will receive this special vaccine today. #ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/GM4s9gQmln

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) August 5, 2021

Minister Donnelly further announced that vaccine registration for people aged 12-15 will open next week. The HSE has provided more information here.

📢 The registration for a COVID-19 vaccine for children and young people, age 12-15 will open next week.

I'm encouraging parents and these young people to seek information from reliable sources such as the HSE website https://t.co/IIIa5S5lXO#ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/CPLcevJvQ6

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) August 5, 2021

Update 11:50 am EST: 1,641 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 162,152  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,198,841 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 8,105 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Three more deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,209. The newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am August 4 - 10 am August 5.

As of August 5, there have been 2,292,163 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,223,303 were first doses and 1,068,860 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Northern Ireland today announced changes to its international country travel lists effective from 4 am on August 8. More information on traveling to Northern Ireland is available here.

Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway have been added to the Green list. 

India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE will be added to the Amber list while there will no longer be a requirement for fully vaccinated people returning from France to quarantine.

Georgia, La Reunion, Mayotte, and Mexico will be added to the Red list.

✈️ Travel update

A number of changes to Northern Ireland’s international country travel lists have been confirmed.

More details ➡️ https://t.co/k5pihpuT77 pic.twitter.com/j3x6KplnnE

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) August 4, 2021

Northern Ireland vaccine certificates are now available for those travelling abroad up to and including August 31. More info is available here.

Northern Ireland vaccine certificates are now available for those travelling abroad up to and including August 31.

➡️ https://t.co/LTIP0AQmLe pic.twitter.com/dGS5z8BpSF

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) August 5, 2021

August 4

Update 1:15 pm EST: Northern Ireland’s Department of Health today announced that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that Covid-19 vaccine first doses be provided to all 16 and 17 year olds. You can learn more here.

#COVID19 VACCINATION UPDATE
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that Covid-19 vaccine first doses be provided to all 16 and 17 year olds.
Read more➡️https://t.co/fmy7jLPibl pic.twitter.com/KDZyQyvkg0

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) August 4, 2021

Update 1:10 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 6 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,314 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 187 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 30 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

As of Tuesday, August 3, there have been 5,948,704 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,135,842 people have received their first dose
  • 2,812,862 people are fully vaccinated

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 305,527 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Tuesday, August 3. There have been 5,044 deaths, according to weekly data that includes probable and possible deaths.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "Today, the ECDC and EMA have strongly encouraged those who are eligible for vaccination but have not yet been vaccinated to start and complete the recommended COVID-19 vaccination schedule as soon as they can. Full vaccination is the best protection for you and your community from COVID-19, including from variants such as Delta, which is dominant in Ireland.

"It is important to remember that infections in vaccinated people do not mean that vaccines do not work. While no vaccine is 100% effective in this way, these breakthrough infections that occur are generally much less severe, and they are associated with less risk of hospitalisation. Vaccines work.

"Vaccination programmes are one of the greatest public health developments of our time. Not only are the COVID-19 vaccines available to you in Ireland all highly effective and very safe, but they are our road out of this pandemic. Vaccination enables protection of the whole community, including the most vulnerable. Getting vaccinated is an important preventative tool personally, but it is also an act of solidarity from an individual to wider society - an act that keeps one another protected, and ensures the continued safe reopening of our society and economy."

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today announced that Ireland will be participating in the European Commission’s Advanced Purchase Agreement with Novavax for its vaccine that is currently in testing.

Ireland will be participating in this European Commission APA with @Novavax It is important that we maintain a broad portfolio of vaccines for the future, and Ireland will play a leading role in ensuring vaccines are distributed around the world. #ForUsAll https://t.co/yyETCCXD27

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) August 4, 2021

Update 10:50 am EST: 1,040 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 160,511  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,193,546 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 7,804 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

One death has been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,206. The newly reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am August 3 - 10 am August 4.

As of August 4, there have been 2,284,540 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,221,743 were first doses and 1,062,797 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

August 3

Update 1:00 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,015 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 178 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 29 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

As of Monday, August 2, there have been 5,903,118 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,117,714 people have received their first dose
  • 2,785,404 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Public health doctors around the country are reporting that outbreaks are being notified to them that originated in symptomatic people attending workplaces, or eating out, or visiting friends. Please remember that you should stay at home if you have symptoms even if you are vaccinated, because you could still transmit COVID-19.

"Together as a country, we need to keep on top of all the positive behaviours that limit the spread of disease, and integral to this is staying at home if you have any cold or flu symptoms. Don’t drop your guard, because heading into work or meeting a friend while experiencing fever, cough, cold/flu symptoms, or loss of sense of smell/taste – that could be the beginning link that sets off a chain of transmission that leads to an outbreak in your community.

"The uplifting scenes we saw over the Bank Holiday weekend as thousands of our young people received their COVID-19 vaccines at the HSE's walk-in vaccination centres were extremely encouraging.

"Young people have had an exceptionally difficult time throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Their willingness to come out to get vaccinated in droves is another example of the resilience they have shown throughout this challenging time. It is this same spirit of solidarity, commitment to keeping our whole community safe by getting vaccinated, and keeping to the basic safe measures such as staying at home if you feel unwell that will ultimately be our pathway out of this pandemic."

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive, said today that 30,000 people were administered a vaccination at Ireland’s walk-in centres over the weekend.

Over 30,000 people were administered a vaccination at our walk in centres the weekend. Outstripping our expectations by far. All age groups went through but this initiative makes us beyond proud of younger people. When needed, they once again showed up in numbers. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) August 3, 2021

Update 11:55 am EST: Taoiseach Micheál Martin today confirmed that Ireland has completed a deal with Romania and the EU to secure an additional 700,000 COVID vaccines.

We’ve completed a deal to secure an additional 700,000 #CovidVaccines from Romania/EU.

Fantastic news and a welcome boost to our rollout, which continues to experience huge support and uptake from the Irish public.

— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) August 3, 2021

Update 11:50 am EST: 1,082 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 159,471  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,190,060 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 8,254 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Six deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,205. Three of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am August 2 - 10 am August 3, while three occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of August 3, there have been 2,276,708 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,220,430 were first doses and 1,056,278 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

First doses of COVID vaccines are available in walk-in clinics around Northern Ireland - you can learn more here.

First dose #COVID19 vaccinations are available from a series of walk-in mobile vaccination clinics across Northern Ireland.

More info: https://t.co/vQgGeCKUIo

Keep up to date: https://t.co/ygDvQlhn3L pic.twitter.com/bQs0oEErzg

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) August 3, 2021

To encourage vaccinations, organizers of Féile an Phobail, a music and arts festival in Belfast, are giving away free tickets to the Féile Diversionary Music Night to people who receive their first Pfizer jab at the Falls Park Road Bowling Pavilion vaccination centre today:

Féile an Phobail Director Kevin Gamble is encouraging people to come to the Féile Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic at the Falls Park Bowling Pavilion today between 9am-3pm to get their 1st Pfizer jab and receive a free ticket for the Féile Diversionary Music Night. pic.twitter.com/snNUOzjfFT

— Féile an Phobail (@FeileBelfast) August 3, 2021

August 2

Update 12:00 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 3 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,352 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 177 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 27 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 303,426 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Sunday, August 1. There have been 5,035 deaths, according to weekly data that includes probable and possible deaths.

As of Sunday, August 1, there have been 5,871,111 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,102,229 people have received their first dose
  • 2,768,882 people are fully vaccinated

Yesterday, Dr. Ronan Glynn, Ireland’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, welcomed 

Quiet acts by the silent majority have defined the response to #COVID19 in Ireland. Vaccine uptake by young people & attendance today at walk-in centres are the latest examples of how people of all ages continue to act to protect themselves & their wider communities #Forusall https://t.co/MDCHxXOacn

— Dr Ronan Glynn (@ronan_glynn) July 31, 2021

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland's Health Service Executive, said today that the majority of people availing of Ireland's walk-in vaccination centres were under 19 years old.

An inspiring weekend for the vaccination programme. Over 18,000 people have availed of Walk In Centres so far. Continuing today in 26 locations. People of all ages attending, 50% aged 16-17 years old & 64% 19 or under. Approx. 2.1M vaccines administered in just 6 weeks. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) August 2, 2021

Update 11:45 am EST: 872  individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 158,389  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,186,180 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 8,525 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Five deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,199. The five newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am August 1 - 10 am August 2.

As of August 2, there have been 2,267,984 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,219,389 were first doses and 1,048,595 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Northern Ireland vaccine certificates are now available for those travelling abroad up to and including August 17.

Northern Ireland vaccine certificates are now available for those travelling abroad up to and including 17 August.

➡️ https://t.co/DeMWj3Wi5w pic.twitter.com/LAt6XLsQOU

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) August 2, 2021

August 1 

Update 10:45 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,098 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 302,074. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 163 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 26 requiring intensive care. 

A total of 5,849,924 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have now been administered in Ireland with 3,307,341 people receiving at least one dose and 2,542,583 receiving both doses. 

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that 10,000 people availed of walk-in COVID-19 vaccination centers on  Saturday as Ireland continues its vaccination rollout. 

The clinics are open to anyone over the age of 16 and have been established to encourage more people to receive their free COVID-19 vaccine. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has confirmed 1,072 new cases of the virus and five further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,194. 

A total of 2,262,64 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date. 

The region only reports limited COVID figures on weekends.

July 31

Update 11:45 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,427 new cases of the coronavirus, taking Ireland past 300,000 total confirmed cases. 

A total of 300,976 cases of the virus have now been confirmed in Ireland. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 164 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 26 requiring intensive care. 

A total of 5,823,011 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been administered in Ireland with 3,292,726 people receiving at least one dose and 2,530,285 receiving both doses. 

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan urged people to register for their free coronavirus vaccine. 

"Today we have reached the milestone of 300,000 cases reported in Ireland since the beginning of the pandemic.

"However, today we have also seen how solidarity continues to be the hallmark of our response with young people across the country lining up to get vaccinated, both to protect themselves and to play their part in protecting the community.

"I strongly urge anyone eligible for a vaccine to come forward and avail of the opportunity as soon as possible."

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,177 new cases and eight further deaths as the region's death toll climbed to 2,189. 

A total of 2,255,519 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland. 

The region only reports limited COVID figures on weekends.

July 30

Update 1:30 pm EST: The Department of Health has reported 1,501 new cases of the coronavirus, although this figure may change due to future data validation.

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 169 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals, an increase of 63 on the same day last week. 

Meanwhile, there are 23 patients in intensive care, an increase of one on the same day last week. 

A total of 5,779,100 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been administered in Ireland with 3,272,791 people receiving their first dose and 2,506,309 receiving both doses. 

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said that anyone aged 16 and over can register for their coronavirus vaccine, while Ireland's vaccine portal will soon open for children aged between 12 and 15. 

"If you have a child with an underlying medical condition, that is living in a household where there are other people at risk, please avail of vaccination at the earliest opportunity," Holohan said on Friday. 

"Vaccination and the incredible uptake across many age groups is leading us to a turning point in the pandemic." 

Update 9:20 am EST: 1,101 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 155,268  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,175,268 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 8,854 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Three more deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,181. The three newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am July 29 - 10 am July 30.

As of July 30, there have been 2,248,598 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,212,236 were first doses and 1,036,362 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health confirmed on Thursday that the NI COVID Certification Service will be available from 9am today for those traveling on August 1. More information is available here.

⬇️FURTHER VACCINATION CERT UPDATE⬇️

The NI COVID Certification Service will be available from 9am on 30 July for those travelling on 1 August in the first instance.

Read➡️https://t.co/mlvVwbzzJa

Info➡️https://t.co/X3yB2fKkJP pic.twitter.com/Ec1yZv6uCs

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) July 29, 2021

Tomorrow, July 31, is the last day that first doses of the COVID vaccine will be given at regional vaccination centres in Northern Ireland.

Tomorrow is the last day first dose #COVID19 jabs will be given at regional vaccination centres.

Getting your jab will never be easier or more accessible than it is now. 𝗗𝗼𝗻'𝘁 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝘁!

Information on walk-in jabs or to make an appointment ➡️https://t.co/ygDvQlhn3L pic.twitter.com/P8OaryB4uz

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) July 30, 2021

July 29

Update 12:55 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,361 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 160 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 26 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 298,048 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Wednesday, July 28. There have been 5,035 deaths, according to weekly data that includes probable and possible deaths.

As of Wednesday, July 28, there have been 5,726,222 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,039,962 people have received their first dose
  • 2,686,260 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "We have to continue to drive up vaccination rates as high as possible. The higher we go the better the protection we have and the sooner we’ll be able to ease more of the economic and social restrictions that still remain in place.

"Walk-in vaccination centres are opening across the country, anyone over 16 years of age can register for a COVID-19 vaccine. Encourage your friends and family to ensure they get reliable information about the vaccines available here and to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

"For our exhausted healthcare workers, the winter months ahead mean flu, other respiratory infection admissions alongside the backlog of scheduled and unscheduled care that has been disrupted due to COVID-19. We owe it to them to continue to maintain the basic personal public health protections; manage your contacts, keep distance, wash/sanitise hands regularly, cough/sneeze etiquette, avoid crowds, wear masks indoors and in crowded settings. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, isolate and get tested."

Taoiseach Micheál  Martin said today that 71 percent of adults in Ireland are fully vaccinated:

Great to visit the Vaccination Centre in Swords today, part of a superb #Covid19 vaccination effort across the country.

We’ve now given out 5.72m doses, fully vaccinated 71% of adults and partially vaccinated 86% - with uptake well above the EU average.#ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/GXv3ZehKLH

— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) July 29, 2021

Update 11:20 am EST: 1,471 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 154,167 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,171,953 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 9,142 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Two more deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,178. The two newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am July 28 - 10 am July 29.

As of July 29, there have been 2,239,652 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,209,145 were first doses and 1,030,507 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health today said “Work is ongoing to resolve the issues with the Northern Ireland COVID Certification Service and COVIDCert NI, and a further announcement will be made later today.

“The service will be returned in a phased and managed way and will be strictly limited to specific dates of travel, at any particular time, while we ensure that the service is working as expected.

"Applications for vaccine certificates, up to and including the 31st July have been, or are in the process of being completed."

⬇️IMPORTANT VACC CERT UPDATE⬇️

✈️Applications for vaccine certificates up to and inc. 31 July have been, or are in process of being completed
✈️Further info for those travelling on 1 Aug will issue later on @nidirect

Read➡️https://t.co/2h0eCRM9Wj

Info➡️https://t.co/X3yB2g1VBn pic.twitter.com/LfSCPRWyZD

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) July 29, 2021

July 28

Update 12:10 pm EST:  Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 3 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,408 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 152 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 26 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 296,687 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Tuesday, July 27. There have been 5,035 deaths, according to weekly data that includes probable and possible deaths.

As of Tuesday, July 27, there have been 5,668,124 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,015,575 people have received their first dose
  • 2,652,549 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Currently, 2% of cases are being hospitalised. We know that we would be experiencing many more cases and hospitalisations were it not for the great progress being made in taking up vaccination. We need to keep this up as we move to vaccinate the remaining, mostly younger, cohorts of our population.

"The more people vaccinated in this country, the less opportunity COVID-19 has to inflict severe illness and disruption on us. If you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination and have yet to register, please do so as soon as possible.

"If you are waiting to be fully vaccinated, please continue to follow the public health advice; manage your social contacts, meet outdoors, stay 2m apart, wear masks, wash/sanitise hands regularly and avoid non-essential travel abroad. If you are experiencing symptoms of cold and flu: headache, sore throat, runny nose, stay at home and get tested as soon as possible for COVID-19."

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Vaccination is having a very positive impact on the risk profile of COVID-19 in Ireland. As more people get fully vaccinated we can expect to see a higher proportion of cases in fully vaccinated people. This does not mean that vaccines are not working and, for those who have been fully vaccinated, their risk of severe illness or hospitalisation as result of COVID-19 is much lower than if they had not been vaccinated.

"It is vital that as many people as possible take the opportunity to get vaccinated in the weeks ahead – both for their own protection and for the protection of their families and friends. Walk-in centres for vaccination will open this weekend – please take the opportunity to get vaccinated."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: "Today we are reporting 1,408 cases of COVID-19 with a median age of 24. The current trajectory of the more transmissible Delta variant across the country means that unvaccinated people remain at high risk of contracting COVID-19.

"The pace at which our vaccination programme is operating means that it will not be long before you can avail of a vaccine. In the meantime, unvaccinated people should take all public health precautions to avoid contracting the disease."

Professor Karina Butler, Chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, said today: "The National Immunisation Advisory Committee examined and recommended the use of mRNA vaccines for 12-15 year olds. Clinical trials estimated efficacy of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as 100% in these age groups, making them extremely effective in preventing infection in this age cohort.

"I would strongly encourage those aged 12-15 years of age with underlying medical conditions, those living with a younger child with complex medical needs, or with an immunocompromised adult to accept vaccination as soon as it is offered."

Dr. Cillian De Gascun, Medical Virologist and Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, said today: "With more than 90% of all cases now caused by the more transmissible Delta variant, it’s vital we continue to exercise individual caution until each of us is fully vaccinated."

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive, said more than 70 percent of Ireland's adult population is now fully vaccinated:

A great National milestone today. Over 70% of the adult population are now fully vaccinated & 85% partially. Over 50,000 more vaccines administered yesterday. With this continued pace, we all want to reverse the trend on Delta and protect more & more people from illness.@HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) July 28, 2021

Reid also confirmed that walk-in vaccination centres will be open in Ireland this weekend:

This coming weekend we have "Walk in vaccination centres" across the country, for those adults yet to receive a Dose 1. Please encourage those not yet vaccinated to take up this opportunity. Let's see this key programme home. See https://t.co/MNrpx7yI9o for details @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) July 28, 2021

Update 11:50 am EST: 1,600 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 152,696  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,167,009 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 9,157 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Three more deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,176. The three newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am July 27 - 10 am July 28.

As of July 28, there have been 2,224,108 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,2018,462 were first doses and 1,022,646 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann is urging anyone who tests positive for COVID to use to use the digital self- trace option for contact tracing.

He said today: “The alarming increase in case numbers in recent days and weeks should serve as a clear warning that this pandemic is far from over. Only through continuing vigilance and our collective effort will we get through this - we all want to enjoy the summer but we must continue do so safely.

“Contact tracing is critically important, and is at the forefront of our continuing efforts to break chains of transmission and the digital self- trace option remains the quickest way to alert close contacts.”

Northern Ireland's regional vaccinations centers will stop giving first dose COVID jabs on Saturday.

Don't miss out!

Regional vaccination centres will stop giving first dose #COVID19 jabs this Saturday.

Getting your jab will never be easier or more accessible than it is now.

For more details on walk-in jabs or to make an appointment, visit https://t.co/ygDvQlhn3L pic.twitter.com/cU1ziSParA

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) July 28, 2021

July 27

Update 12:55 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,120 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 142 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 27 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

As of Monday, July 26,  there have been 5,598,551 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 2,984,892 people have received their first dose
  • 2,613,659 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "Almost 70% of our population is now fully vaccinated and today the vaccination programme has been extended to 12-15 year olds who will also be able to register for an mRNA vaccine.

"Following advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, which has been approved by Government, I encourage parents and guardians of those aged 12-15 years of age to register them for a vaccination as soon as the opportunity arises.

"The vaccination programme has received high uptake to date. I strongly urge anyone eligible to register for a vaccine to do so as soon as possible."

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said today that Ireland's vaccination programme is well ahead of schedule and that the Cabinet has approved vaccination for 12 to 15 year olds.

Our vaccination programme is well ahead of schedule with 16/17 year-olds registering today.

Cabinet has now approved offering vaccines to 12-15 year-olds.

We'll make clear information for parents available in the coming days and announce soon when registration can begin. pic.twitter.com/kEqRpqCznV

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) July 27, 2021

Update 11:20 am EST: The Irish government has today announced that from Thursday,  August 5, 2021, the maximum number of guests permitted to attend a wedding will increase from 50 to 100. Current protective measures apply.

Baptism services may proceed, however, they must follow all protective measures and social gatherings afterwards should be avoided.

The government has also accepted advice from NIAC that recommends the extension of the vaccination programme to children aged 12-15. This will be reviewed from a planning, operational and clinical perspective in the coming days.

Update 10:30 am EST: 1,473 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 151,096  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,161,793 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 9,078 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Three more deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,173. The three newly reported deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period, 10 am July 26 - 10 am July 27.

As of July 27, there have been 2,215,383 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,198,692 were first doses and 1,016,691 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann today welcomed the news that the Moderna vaccine will be rolled out in select community pharmacies.

Regional vaccine centres in Northern Ireland will stop giving first vaccine doses on July 31:

⌛️Time is running out...

Regional vaccination centres will stop giving first dose #COVID19 jabs on 31 July 2021

Getting your jab will never be easier or more accessible than it is now.

For more details on walk-in jabs or to make an appointment, visit https://t.co/ygDvQlhn3L pic.twitter.com/zzDkmoL4ct

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) July 27, 2021

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health is encouraging all people to get regularly tested for COVID, even if fully vaccinated or not symptomatic:

Around 1 in 3 people who have #COVID19 have no symptoms and are spreading it without knowing.

That could be a workmate.

It could even be you.

You can now easily get free rapid tests twice a week.
➡️https://t.co/rlRtPksrLQ pic.twitter.com/RYtFbfzaRu

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) July 27, 2021

July 26

Update 1:50 pm EST: Today, indoor hospitality reopens in the Republic of Ireland for people who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months, as well as children under 18 in their care. EU Digital COVID Certificates will be the primary means that people will use to access indoor hospitality. More details are available here.

Update 1:30 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 6 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,345 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 141 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 25 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

As of Sunday, July 25 there have been 5,551,754 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 2,961,334 people have received their first dose
  • 2,590,420 people are fully vaccinated

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 294,272 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Sunday, July 25. There have been 5,026 deaths, according to weekly data that includes probable and possible deaths.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "We are currently experiencing high incidence of COVID-19 across many counties. There has been a significant increase in hospitalisation over the last fortnight.

"Please continue to avoid crowded spaces, keep distance from others, keep indoor settings well-ventilated by opening windows and doors, wear a mask where appropriate."

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "87% of cases today are in those aged less than 45 years. If you are awaiting your vaccine or are awaiting your second dose, continue to protect yourself by following public health advice.

"Vaccines against COVID-19 are safe and effective. Please get vaccinated as soon as you have the opportunity to do so."

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly thanked staff as more than 5.5 million vaccine doses have been administered in Ireland:

Well over 5.5 million doses now administered.

A huge thanks to all the vaccinators and the staff in our vaccine centres across the country, as well as the GPs, pharmacists and all involved. pic.twitter.com/wXWQbIJxzo

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) July 26, 2021

Update 12:45 pm EST: 639 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 149,623  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,157,253 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 9,242 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

No new deaths have been reported today in Northern Ireland; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,170.

As of July 26, there have been 2,208,466 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,196,995 were first doses and 1,011,471 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health today said that issues relating to the CovidCertNI app have been resolved. You can learn more about the CovidCertNI here.

🔧Issues relating to the CovidCertNI app have now been resolved.

If you are having trouble accessing the CovidCertNI app you should now update your version of the app📱

Google play➡️https://t.co/MZ4mP7Rvsp

Apple app store➡️https://t.co/hrp7kGSonQ pic.twitter.com/vSjoM6GxEl

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) July 26, 2021

July 25

Updated 18:05pm IST: The Republic of Ireland's Department of Health has confirmed 1,126 new cases of Covid-19 as of 12am on Sunday, July 25. There are 123 people in hospital and 22 in the ICU. 

In Northern Ireland, 1,264 cases of Covid-19 were reported along with two further deaths. Seventy percent of the Northern Irish population is now vaccinated. 

In the Republic of Ireland, the HSE chief executive Paul Reid confirmed that over 5.5 million doses of Covid vaccines have now been administered. This means 83 percent of the adult population being partially vaccinated, while over 68 percent are fully vaccinated.

From Monday, July 26, people who are fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland will be permitted to eat indoors. Fáilte Ireland published updated operational guidelines for businesses, stating that live music will not be permitted, service will be from the table only, and all customers must be off the premises by 11.30 pm.

July 24

The Republic of Ireland's Department of Health has confirmed 1,345 cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, July 24. There are 105 people in hospital with coronavirus with 21 in intensive care.

In Northern Ireland, 1,520 cases have been confirmed with one further death. There are 163 patients in hospital with the virus with 16 in ICU.

In the Republic of Ireland, it has been confirmed that 5.5 million vaccines have been administered with close to 2.4 million adults fully vaccinated, the Independent reports. 

Director-General of the Health Service Executive Paul Reid said on Saturday morning “Over 50,000 vaccines administered again yesterday. Just a reminder to anyone at any age over 18 that you can still register. If you are fully vaccinated you have high levels of protection against being hospitalized or ICU. Let's turn the tide on Delta Variant."

July 23 - Ireland's CMO slams misinformation spread about vaccines

Update 5.30pm: Ireland's Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronan Glynn, has said that misinformation with regard to Covidi-19 has undermined vaccination efforts across many countries. In Ireland, those who plan to get the vaccine or are pro-vaccination stands at 96%. As of this week, 80% of Irish adults are partially vaccinated.

As of midnight on July 22 there were 1,386 new cases of Covid-19. There was no information released on the number of deaths for July 22. The Irish Department for Health added that the number of daily cases might also include change due to future data validation.

As of Friday, July 23, at 8am, there were 106 Covid-19 patients are hospitalized, of which 22 are in ICU.

On Friday, Dr. Glynn said that the Covid-19 pandemic has provided a "prime example" of how easily misinformation can spread online.

He said many people have been exposed to information that is "false, inaccurate or misleading". This includes misinformation about potential Covid-19 vaccines.

"Unfortunately, it has undermined vaccination efforts in many countries, prolonging the pandemic and putting lives at risk," Glynn said.

“All of us together can help to stop the spread of misinformation. Remember not every post on social media is reliable or accurate - if you are not sure, then don't share."

July 22 - No new deaths in NI today; 80% of adults in RoI partially vaccinated

Update 12:55 pm EST:  Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,189 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 95 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 23 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

As of Wednesday, July 21,  there have been 5,344,686 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 2,854,040 people have received their first dose
  • 2,490,646 people are fully vaccinated

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 289,139 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Wednesday, July 21. There have been 5,026 deaths, according to weekly data that includes probable and possible deaths.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "The Delta variant is now dominant across the EU and, in recent weeks, we have noticed a sharp increase in the level of travel-related cases of COVID-19.

"As disease incidence increases both here in Ireland, and across Europe, it is important that, if you intend on travelling, you are aware of the disease profile in the area you are visiting, as well as the public health measures in place locally.

"Only those who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days should be considering international travel at this time.

"If you have recently returned to Ireland and have any symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, headache, sore throat or a blocked or runny nose then please self-isolate and get tested without delay."

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland's Health Service Executive, said 80 percent of adults in the Republic of Ireland are partially vaccinated.

We've over 5.34M vaccines administered with 66% of adults now fully vaccinated & 80% partially. Delta poses a huge risk to this progress but one that we can meet head on. Let's aim to support our healthcare workers having a manageable August. One that they all deserve. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) July 22, 2021

Update 11:50 am EST: The Northern Ireland Executive has today agreed to confirm a number of modest relaxations.

The Executive has decided that from 26 July:

  • Domestic settings
    • At outdoor domestic settings, a maximum of 15 people from an unlimited number of households will be permitted. Children aged 12 and under are not counted in the total number.
  • Close contact services
    • Within close contact services, the requirement for an appointment will be removed and overlapping appointments will be allowed.

The remaining issues still awaiting ratification will be discussed further at Executive meetings scheduled for Monday and Thursday of next week.

The Executive has agreed a number of modest relaxations to the Covid-19 restrictions, which will come into effect from Monday 26 July.

Further consideration will be given to remaining issues next week.

Read the Executive statement here ⬇️https://t.co/Uo6LDmxVJm

— NI Executive (@niexecutive) July 22, 2021

Update 11:15 am EST: 1,430 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 144,863  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,143,227 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 9,372 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

No new deaths have been reported today in Northern Ireland; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,166.

As of July 22, there have been 2,186,142 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,188,898 were first doses and 997,244 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Northern Ireland's regional vaccination centres will stop giving first doses on July 31.

Getting your #COVID19 jab will never be easier or more accessible than it is right now.

All our regional vaccination centres are offering walk-in jabs without the need for appointment.

For more info on your nearest venue, visit: https://t.co/ygDvQlhn3L pic.twitter.com/oV2VCM9yuI

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) July 22, 2021

July 21

Update 12:50 pm EST: Ireland’s Department of Health has opened an additional helpline for Digital COVID Certificates. The new number is 1800 807 008.

The Department of Health said: "Increased numbers of agents are available to answer your queries in relation to your vaccination certificate and to allow you to request your recovery certificate.

"The call centre will be focused on dealing with urgent queries in the short-term, so we are requesting that only those with an urgent query contact the centre this week i.e. those who are travelling in July. You can request your certificate at any stage over the coming weeks.

"Queries in relation to a certificate of a COVID-19 test obtained privately can be directed to your test provider.

"If you need general travel advice, please go to gov.ie/travel."

You can learn more about Ireland's Digital COVID Certificates here.

Update 12:15 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,378 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 96 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 22 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 287,951 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Tuesday, July 20. There have been 5,026 deaths, according to weekly data that includes probable and possible deaths.

As of Tuesday 20 July there have been 5,285,596 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 2,822,388 people have received their first dose
  • 2,463,208 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "We now have over 65% of our adult population fully vaccinated and 75% of adults have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and anyone aged 18 and over can now register for a vaccine on vaccine.hse.ie.

"We know that COVID-19 vaccines are extraordinarily effective at reducing each person’s individual risk of hospitalisation or severe disease. The Delta variant does not change this.

"However, this variant is much more transmissible than what we have been dealing with previously and, as such, the challenge remains to protect as many people through vaccination as quickly as possible, across all age groups.

"Vaccines along with the core public health advice remain our pathway out of this pandemic – please avail of the opportunity to get protected through vaccination when it is offered to you.

"The basic measures remain as important and effective now as at any point in the pandemic and remember no one measure is sufficient by itself. When you meet people, keep your distance and meet outside, avoid crowds, avoid poorly ventilated indoor space, use your judgement, risk assess and leave if you don’t feel safe, wash your hands and wear a mask, isolate and get a test if you have any symptoms – do not go to work or socialise."

Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) today opened vaccine registration for people aged 18- 24.

#COVIDVaccine registration is open for people aged 18-24.  You'll need a:
👤PPSN
📍Eircode
📱mobile number
✉️email address to register.  
Register here ➡️ https://t.co/nTNxEJWWWr  
   #ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/rxMaC6UzAa

— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) July 21, 2021

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland's HSE, says he feels "quite proud" of everyone involved in Ireland's vaccination programme:

Our vaccination programme has been under much understandable public scrutiny. As it now opens to those aged 18-24 to register online, feeling quite proud of everyone involved. Now almost 5.3M vaccines administered, over 79% adults partially vaccinated & over 65% fully. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) July 21, 2021

Update 11:05 am EST: 1,973 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 143,433  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,138,897 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 9,088 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been two more COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today bringing the total number of deaths to 2,166. Both of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am July 20 - 10 am July 21.

As of July 21, there have been 2,184,162 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,188,669 were first doses and 988,658 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

July 20

Update 12:55 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,110 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 89 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 21 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 286,691 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Monday, July 19. There have been 5,018 deaths, according to weekly data that includes probable and possible deaths.

As of Monday, July 19, there have been 5,230,100 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 2,791,631 people have received their first dose
  • 2,438,469 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Almost 7,700 cases of COVID-19 have been notified in the last seven days, an increase of 88% on the previous week.

"Incidence rates have increased in every county over the past seven days. The counties with the highest 14-day incidence rates are Donegal (725/100,000 population), Louth (474/100,000 population), Dublin (307/100,000 population), Limerick (258/100,000) and Galway (257/100,000).

"During this spell of fine weather, we know that the vast majority of people are continuing to protect themselves and others by following the public health advice. This remains really important as we seek to protect as many people as possible through vaccination over the coming weeks.

"As we have said since the vaccine programme began, COVID-19 vaccines are extraordinarily effective at reducing each person’s individual risk of hospitalisation or severe disease. Vaccines along with the core public health advice remain our pathway out of this pandemic – please avail of the opportunity to get protected through vaccination when it is offered to you."

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland's HSE, said some COVID swabbing sites are reporting 25 percent positive results.

Some of our #COVID19 swabbing sites now have up to 25% positives on testing & many counties at 10%. The more widespread it is in the community, the more it can breakthrough to those vaccinated. For a few weeks, let's all take care, aim to see this off & reduce illness. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) July 20, 2021

Update 10:15 am EST: 1,138 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 141,460  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,133,488 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 7,982 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There has been one more COVID-related death reported in Northern Ireland today bringing the total number of deaths to 2,164. The newly reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am July 19 - 10 am July 20.

As of July 20, there have been 2,175,663 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,187,005 were first doses and 988,658 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

On Monday, Northern Ireland’s Department of Health announced that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be offered to some children and young people aged 12 years and over with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of serious COVID-19. More information on how to get a vaccine for such people will be made available in the coming days.

The JCVI has advised that the Pfizer/BioNTech #COVID19 vaccine should be offered to:

✔️children aged 12-15 with underlying health conditions
✔️children who live with someone who is immunocompromised
✔️those within 3 months of their 18th birthday

➡️ https://t.co/XfkSOyD9Pa pic.twitter.com/ztrEKUhUcb

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) July 19, 2021

Today, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann warned that the region’s current vaccination programme will not be available to the public indefinitely.

Minister Swann said: “It is simply not possible to maintain a mass vaccination programme of this nature as a permanent feature of our health service. That is an unavoidable fact.

“I am not saying this to provoke alarm or concern. If you are worried about missing out on your jab, don’t be. The vaccination centres are waiting for you to walk in the door. They have first and second doses ready for you now. No appointment is required. Similarly, the programme of mobile vaccination clinics continues around the province and they are also offering walk-ins.

“Don’t be left behind – don’t miss out on the protection and opportunities that being double jabbed brings.”

July 19

Update 12:45 pm EST: The Republic of Ireland has today reopened for non-essential international travel, with entry requirements for fully vaccinated travelers being rolled back. You can stay up to date with Ireland's travel advice here.

Update 12:35 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,017 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 101 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 20 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 285,581 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Sunday, July 18. There have been 5,018 deaths, according to weekly data that includes probable and possible deaths.

As of Sunday 18 July there have been 5,178,067 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 2,765,359 people have received their first dose
  • 2,412,708 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "While we continue to enjoy the good weather, we are unfortunately also continuing to see a rise in incidence of disease across all key indicators. Our 14-day incidence is now the highest its been since 24 February at 231/100,000. Our 5-day average is 1,159 cases per day, the highest its been since 2 February.

"If you are fully vaccinated, you can have confidence in your vaccine and enjoy socialising and meeting with other vaccinated people indoors, so long as you continue to follow the basic public health precautions.

"If you are waiting to be fully vaccinated, then it is best to continue to socialise outdoors. Events like barbecues, meeting in a park or going to the beach can be enjoyed safely once we do our best to minimise the risks of transmission – only meet in small groups, wash or sanitise your hands regularly, don’t share utensils and wear a face mask where appropriate. If you are meeting indoors, ensure that the room is well ventilated.

"If you have planned to attend a social event, and you experience symptoms of COVID-19, including symptoms of seasonal cold and flu such as headache, sore throat, runny nose; please stay at home, do not attend that event. This applies regardless of your vaccination status. Let your close contacts know how you feel, self-isolate and get tested. It can be tempting to defer getting a test but as soon as you experience symptoms, the best way to protect yourself and others is to arrange one straight away."

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today said how vaccines are "remarkably effective" against COVID:

124 patients were admitted to ICU with Covid in the 3 months to the end of June. Some had received one of a two-dose vaccine. Just 1 patient was fully vaccinated/protected (14 days from 2nd dose). This means just 1 admission to ICU was classified as a true breakthrough infection.

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) July 19, 2021

Update 11:15 am EST: Northern Ireland's Department of Health today announced that from 5 pm local time today, all arrivals from France must self-isolate for 10 days. More information is available here.

The rules for travellers from France are changing 🇫🇷

From 5pm today 19 July everyone arriving from France must self isolate for 10 days. This includes vaccinated AND non vaccinated travellers. The usual amber country measures also apply.

Advice➡️https://t.co/4bgEw3b1kN pic.twitter.com/R8J1ZJCovk

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) July 19, 2021

Update 9:20 am EST: 1,776 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 140,322  according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,129,794 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 7,354 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

The total number of COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland has risen to 2,163.

As of July 19, there have been 2,168,431 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,185,869 were first doses and 982,562 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

From today, travelers arriving into Northern Ireland from amber list countries (countries not on the green or red lists) no longer need to self-isolate upon arrival. You can find more travel regulations for Northern Ireland here.

From Monday, fully vaccinated people returning to Northern Ireland from an amber list country, no longer need to self-isolate.

A negative test is needed before departure and you must take a PCR test no later than the second day after you arrive in NI.

➡️https://t.co/orUZ1pTr4t pic.twitter.com/rCylyEotEh

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) July 16, 2021

July 18

Update 12  pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,179 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 284,510. 

No further deaths were reported as Ireland's death toll remained at 5,018. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 91 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 22 requiring intensive care. 

As of July 17, 5,142,677 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland with 2,901,641 people receiving at least one dose and 2,241,036 receiving both doses. 

HSE Paul Reid said that 77% of the adult population was partially vaccinated while 64% of adults were fully vaccinated. 

Reid said that it would be a "bumpy journey" for Ireland in the fight against the Delta variant over the next few weeks and described it as a "white knuckle ride of vaccines versus Delta". 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 537 new cases of the virus and one further death, taking the region's death toll to 2,162. 

A total of 2,180,618 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

July 17

Update 11:50 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,377 cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 283,331. 

No further deaths were reported as Ireland's death toll remained at 5,018. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 78 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 22 requiring intensive care. 

As of July 16, a total of 5,106,392 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 2,885,807 receiving at least one dose and 2,220,585 receiving both doses. 

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that 63% of the adult population have now been fully vaccinated, while 76% of people have received at least one dose. 

Reid said that Ireland's hospitalization and ICU figures were "holding" despite a rise in cases in what he described as an "upbeat and cautionary" update. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,402 new cases of the virus and two further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,161. 

A total of 2,175,046 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

July 16

Update 12:30 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,173 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 79 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 23 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 281,954 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of July 15. 

As of Thursday, July 15 there have been 5,017,162 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 2,709,883 people have received their first dose
  • 2,307,835 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "We continue to experience rapid increases in the incidence of the disease in the community, with cases increasing in 22 out of 26 counties and with the greatest majority of cases occurring in people who have not yet been fully vaccinated.
"The current trajectory of the highly transmissible Delta variant across the country means that unvaccinated people are at high risk of contracting COVID-19, with just over 50% of today’s cases aged between 19-34 years old.

"We need those who are waiting for full vaccination to take every precaution this weekend and to adhere strongly to the public health advice as they await their vaccines – this includes limiting your social contacts, meeting outdoors, staying 2m apart, wearing masks and avoiding international travel. If you are experiencing symptoms of cold and flu: headache, sore throat, runny nose, please let your close contacts know, stay at home and get tested as soon as possible for COVID-19.

"From today, 25-29 year olds can register for their vaccine on the HSE website and I would strongly encourage this age group to do so by visiting: vaccine.hse.ie"

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today praised Ireland’s vaccine progress:

Our COVID-19 vaccination programme is a huge success. The 5 millionth dose will be administered today. We are ahead of schedule so those age 25-29 can now register.

Vaccinations are our way to beat this awful virus. We must keep going, stay safe and mind each other. pic.twitter.com/wdnx8zR7WX

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) July 16, 2021

As did Taoiseach Micheál Martin, who noted that 60 percent of adults are fully vaccinated:

Three major milestones will be reached today in our #COVID19 vaccination rollout;

➡️5 million vaccine doses delivered
➡️60% of adults fully vaccinated
➡️75% of eligible adults with at least one dose.

A great effort by everyone involved in our national programme.

— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) July 16, 2021

Paul Reid, the CEO of Ireland's Health Service Executive, said that the rising cases of the Delta variant are being matched by more people being protected:

The race continues. Rising cases of Delta are matched by more people being protected. 5M vaccines now administered. 75% of adults now partially vaccinated & 60% fully. Over 200,000 administered so far this week. 25-29 registration now open online. Caution is still key. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) July 16, 2021

Update 11:35 am EST: 1,380 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 136,607 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,118,797 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 5,184 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

The total number of COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland remains at 2,159.

As of July 16, there have been 2,153,395 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,189,863 were first doses and 963,532 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Northern Ireland's interim vaccine certificates are now available to download.

Anyone traveling from Northern Ireland between July 20 and July 25, 2021 will now be able to access a downloadable certificate and QR code that offers security against fraud. Anyone traveling after July 25 should wait on the launch of the app which will be available next week. You can learn more about the interim vaccine certificate here.

From Monday, fully vaccinated people returning to Northern Ireland from an amber list country no longer need to self-isolate. You can learn more about Northern Ireland's entry requirements here.

From Monday, fully vaccinated people returning to Northern Ireland from an amber list country, no longer need to self-isolate.

A negative test is needed before departure and you must take a PCR test no later than the second day after you arrive in NI.

➡️https://t.co/orUZ1pTr4t pic.twitter.com/rCylyEotEh

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) July 16, 2021

Members of Northern Ireland's Executive have come together to urge people to get their vaccinations:

Executive Ministers have joined together to ask that everyone gets their Covid-19 vaccine.

More information, including where you can get your jab, at: https://t.co/fp2p7gvTMI pic.twitter.com/I1yatR1qy2

— NI Executive (@niexecutive) July 16, 2021

July 15

Update 12:40 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 994 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 80 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 22 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

As of Wednesday, July 14,  there have been 4,912,457 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 2,678,318 people have received their first dose
  • 2,234,139 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "More than 70% of the adult population have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and almost 60% of adults are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is of course good news and a great cause for hope, however, there is still a significant cohort of the population who are not yet fully vaccinated, or as is the case with children, for whom vaccination is still a little way off and subject to future guidance.

"People who are unvaccinated, including children, should continue to avoid high-risk, uncontrolled indoor settings. That includes indoor hospitality. I know this is a difficult message for people, particularly parents of unvaccinated children to hear, but if we stick with the public health measures, we can limit transmission of this disease and protect others.

"We continue to keep all of the public health guidance under review. That includes all elements of the further reopening of society and looking forward to September and a return to education for students. In the meantime, avoid crowds, wear a mask, manage your contacts, keep your distance, meet outdoors where possible, and, if indoors, ensure that the room is well ventilated."

Update 11:55 am EST: 1,083 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 135,227 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

Today's is the highest daily report in the region since January.

To date, 1,114,191 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 4,437 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

The total number of COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland remains at 2,159.

As of July 15, there have been 2,145,799 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,188,563 were first doses and 957,236 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

Responding to the spike in cases, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann today said: “We have seen the numbers climb in recent weeks but today’s spike in cases is cause for concern. This is the first time since January that we’re reporting a daily change of over 1,000 positive cases, and while we are in a more fortunate position with a large proportion of the population now vaccinated we must remain cautious.

“We need everyone to play their part in helping to stop the spread of the virus. Our advice remains the same – stick to guidelines and regulations, all adults aged 18 and over should get vaccinated, and ensure you and your close contacts self-isolate if you test positive.

“Unfortunately, we are seeing an increase in cases in the younger age group so I would make a particular appeal to this group to get vaccinated. COVID-19 has left many with debilitating long-term health issues, don’t put yourself at risk, get the vaccine.

“We all want to enjoy the summer but we must continue to do it safely.”

Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Sir Michael McBride said today: “Vaccination is key to preventing serious illness and with such high infection levels circulating in the community it is vital that all those eligible for vaccination come forward for their jab.

"Our vaccination programme has been very successful and there is no doubt that many people are alive in Northern Ireland today because they have been vaccinated.”

The Chief Medical Officer continued: “Our health system is at the point where it is struggling to cope with current levels of demand for care. We simply cannot continue to add more pressure. We must work together to drive down infection levels. This means we must all continue to follow the behaviours that we are all accustomed to, and that we know limit the spread of the virus.”

Update 9:45 am EST: Ireland's COVID vaccine portal will open to people aged 25-29 on Friday, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed. 

Those registering through the portal will receive a Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine. 

People aged between 18 and 34 can currently register to receive a single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine from their local pharmacy. 

Meanwhile, the Department of Health is teaming up with dating apps to promote the vaccine rollout among younger age cohorts.

The Department is teaming up with Tinder, Hinge, OKCupid, Plenty of Fish, and Match to encourage users to receive their coronavirus vaccine. 

The dating platforms will allow users to attach a vaccination badge to their profile in a bid to support the "For Us All" campaign. 

The initiative will grant users access to premium features, including a free "super like" on Tinder, if they support the "For Us All" campaign. 

The features will run for the rest of the month and are provided at no cost to the Health Department. 

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that users are free to decide whether they share their vaccination status or preference. 

July 14

Update 12:15 pm EST: The Irish government has today published updated travel advice ahead of July 19, when international travel will reopen for the Republic of Ireland. You can learn more here.

As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, new advice and rules for international travel, will come into effect in Ireland on 19 July ✈️ https://t.co/XQPHmtIeDc pic.twitter.com/ozODmaCrRT

— MerrionStreet.ie (@merrionstreet) July 14, 2021

Update 12:05 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 3 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 783 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 73 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 20 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

On July 13, Ireland’s COVID DataHub reported a total of 279,790 confirmed cases in the country. Weekly data shows 5,018 COVID-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, including probable and possible deaths.

As of Tuesday 13 July there have been 4,852,021 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 2,656,097 people have received their first dose
  • 2,195,924 people are fully vaccinated

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "Throughout this pandemic, we have been mindful of the disproportionate impact the necessary public health measures have had on certain people in our society. Unfortunately, this remains the case and we are continuing to see our young people suffer a great burden as they wait for their vaccinations.

"As we continue to reopen society and enjoy being able to meet loved ones again, it is important to remember that not all social situations are the same. There are certain instances that are riskier than others. As we have said throughout this pandemic, COVID-19 spreads much easier indoors and when public health measures are not prevalent and as such, it is important to exercise caution in all environments as we continue to safely meet others."

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "The latest data is showing clear increases in incidence of disease right across the country. There is no question that the Delta variant is having a considerable impact on transmission of COVID-19.

"Delta also appears to be presenting with a different variety of symptoms than we have seen with other variants, including headache, sore throat and blocked or runny nose. If you have any symptoms of a cold or flu it is vital that you isolate immediately and arrange a test."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group said today: "We know that the Delta variant is now responsible for most cases in Ireland and that it is at least twice as transmissible than the previous dominant variant.

"We have seen incidence increase significantly over the last two weeks, especially in unvaccinated groups. Infections are now growing at 2-4% per day. We can control this, and as we move towards a further reopening of society next week, it is important to remember that the public health advice that we are all so familiar with is as effective in breaking the chains of transmission of the Delta variant as it has been throughout the pandemic. Avoid crowds, wear a mask, manage your contacts, keep your distance, meet outdoors where possible, and, if indoors, ensure that the room is well ventilated."

Professor Karina Butler, Chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee said today: "70% of the adult population have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and almost 60% of adults are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. When we consider where we were with the trajectory of this disease just a few short months ago, these statistics are truly remarkable.

"The vaccine programme is being delivered in the fairest and most equitable way and continues to prioritise those most at risk from COVID-19. It is really important that when your turn comes, you take your COVID-19 vaccine and that when called for a second dose, that you complete your dosing schedule and wait the appropriate period for full protection. You are considered fully vaccinated: two weeks after you receive the one-dose Janssen vaccine, one week after your second dose of Pfizer, two weeks after your second dose of AstraZeneca and two weeks after your second dose of Moderna."

Dr Cillian De Gascun, Medical Virologist and Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory said today: "While Delta prevalence continues to increase, the available data in relation to vaccine effectiveness continues to be reassuring. However, high levels of circulating virus in a partially vaccinated population increases the risk of emergence of virus variants.

"As such, it is vital that we continue to follow the other public health interventions until the majority of our population is vaccinated."

Update 12:00 pm EST: 636 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 134,144 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,110,609 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 3,977 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

The total number of COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland has risen to 2,159.

As of July 14, there have been 2,137,591 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,187,446 were first doses and 950,145 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here

From today, all of Northern Ireland’s regional vaccination centres are providing walk-in jabs without any need to book an appointment.

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann has asked friends and parents of young people aged 18 and over to encourage them to get vaccinated.

Minister Swann said: “I am not asking for pester power or nagging. Just please make sure your friends and children in the 18 plus age group make an informed decision on vaccination and are fully aware of everything that’s at stake. Sit down with them and have the conversation.

“When young people get the jab, they protect themselves, their parents, their grandparents and all those who are close to them.

“Each vaccination takes us a step closer to normality. Being double jabbed will open doors for people. We see that with travel and the vaccine certification requirements for holidays abroad.

“My message to young people is: don’t be left behind – don’t be left without the protection and opportunities that getting double jabbed brings.”

July 13

Update 2:05 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 589 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 62 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 17 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

On July 12, Ireland’s COVID DataHub reported a total of 279,053 confirmed cases in the country. Weekly data shows 5,006 COVID-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, including probable and possible deaths.

As of Monday, July 12 there have been 4,791,418 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 2,635,380 people have received their first dose
  • 2,156,038 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Scientific evidence shows that Delta is a much more transmissible variant of COVID-19, now accounting for 80% of the cases reported in Ireland. This is a challenge that is facing all of Europe, but we know that the basic public health measures still work against this variant. Please continue to avoid crowds, wear a mask, manage your contacts, keep your distance, meet outdoors where possible and if indoors, ensure that the room is well ventilated.

"With incidence of the disease continuing to increase, the rapid identification of cases and outbreaks of COVID-19 is essential. We are asking anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 to work with our contact tracers to identify all of your close contacts so that they, their families and colleagues can be protected. If you know you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or if you have any symptoms, stay at home and organise a free test as soon as possible."

Ireland’s Department of Health today provided updated information on the EU Digital Covid Certificate. You can learn more about how it works and how to obtain one here.

Update 11:15 am EST: Northern Ireland’s Department of Health dashboard will be updated on Wednesday, July 14.

511 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours. There have been no new deaths reported in Northern Ireland today; the total number of COVID-related deaths reported in the region remains at 2,156.

NI #COVID19 data:

📊511 positive cases and no deaths have been reported in past 24 hours.

💉2,130,073 vaccines administered in total.

Vaccines➡️https://t.co/Yfa0hHVmRL

Department of Health dashboard will be updated on Wednesday 14 July. pic.twitter.com/ot5aitJmKg

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) July 13, 2021

As of July 13, there have been 2,130,073 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,186,295 were first doses and 943,778 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

If you are flying out of Northern Ireland on July 17, you must apply for your interim proof of vaccination document by 5 pm on July 14.

#COVID19 VACCINE CERTIFICATION UPDATE

If your flight departs on 17 July you must apply by 5pm on 14 July.

Apply online:
➡️https://t.co/lk9y3LQdfa pic.twitter.com/Yq0WbTD0eT

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) July 13, 2021

July 12

Update 1:55 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 600 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 64 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 16 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

As of July 11, Ireland’s COVID DataHub reported a total of 278,464 confirmed cases in the country. It also reported 5,006 deaths - including probable and possible deaths and is updated weekly - in the country.

As of Sunday, July 11, there have been 4,738,890 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 2,616,881 people have received their first dose
  • 2,122,009 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Tomorrow marks 500 days since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Ireland. We have come a long way together on this difficult journey and sacrificed much in our collective effort to limit the transmission of this disease.

"As we approach our 5 millionth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, we have great hope for our future. Our vaccination programme is working, the levels of protection in the community against the virus are increasing daily and those who are fully vaccinated should feel safe to increase their social contacts and to take advantage of new freedoms, while continuing to make positive public health choices in their daily routine.

"We have come so far, and I know it is hard to continue to adhere to the public health measures, but our continued individual effort is needed to minimise the risk of the Delta variant, a highly transmissible strain that poses a significant threat to the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

"We are currently experiencing a worrying increase in incidence in daily case numbers, particularly in the 16-29 age group. If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you need to maintain a high degree of caution in your activities this summer. It is essential for you to avoid crowds, carefully manage your contacts, wear your mask, keep a safe distance from others and take the vaccine when it is offered."

The Irish government has today published this information for the people in Ireland to learn how to obtain their EU Digital COVID Certificate and how it works.

From today, Ireland’s Passenger Locator Form moves completely online. If you are traveling to the Republic of Ireland, you must complete the Passenger Locator Form online here.

ℹ️ Important notice for people travelling to Ireland:#COVID19 Passenger Locator Form is available online only from Monday 12th July.

❗️You must complete the form before boarding. https://t.co/wD2y4avUCy

— Department of Health (@roinnslainte) July 12, 2021

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Ireland’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, today explained in greater detail the Delta variant in Ireland:

You’ll have heard a lot about the #Delta variant of #COVID19 over the past weeks.

In this video, I explain:

ℹ️ Why we are concerned
ℹ️ What parts of the country are most affected
ℹ️ The importance of taking a vaccine when offered
ℹ️ How to stay safepic.twitter.com/MFow7KyfmL

— Dr Ronan Glynn (@ronan_glynn) July 12, 2021

Update 11:55 am EST: Northern Ireland’s Department of Health dashboard will be updated on Wednesday, July 14.

528 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours. No new deaths have been reported in the region for the past 24 hours; the total number of deaths remains at 2,156.

NI #COVID19 data:

📊528 positive cases and no deaths have been reported in past 24 hours.

💉2,127,703 vaccines administered in total.

Vaccines➡️https://t.co/Yfa0hHVmRL

Department of Health dashboard will be updated on Wednesday 14 July. pic.twitter.com/Lz3YNZTtfq

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) July 12, 2021

As of July 12, there have been 2,127,703 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,185,689 were first doses and 942,014 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

If you are traveling from Northern Ireland and your flight departs on July 16, you have until 5 pm local time tomorrow, July 13 to apply for your vaccine certification:

#COVID19 VACCINE CERTIFICATION UPDATE

If your flight departs on 16 July you must apply by 5pm on 13 July 2021.

Apply online:
➡️https://t.co/lk9y3LQdfa pic.twitter.com/tssq7IGRh1

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) July 12, 2021

June 11

Update 11:30 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 576 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Ireland to 277,892. 

However, this figure could change due to future data validation. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 58 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 16 requiring intensive care. 

A total of 4,707,181 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 2,673,840 people receiving at least one dose and 2,033,341 people receiving both doses. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 605 new cases of the virus and one further death, taking Northern Ireland's death toll to 2,158. 

A total of 2,122,962 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date. 

Only limited coronavirus figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends.

July 10 

Update 10:50 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 581 new cases of the coronavirus, although this figure may change due to future data validation. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 52 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 16 requiring intensive care. 

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that 55% of the Irish adult population have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while more than 70% of the adult population have been partially vaccinated. 

As of July 9, a total of 4,676,455 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 2,665,215 people receiving at least one dose and 2,011,239 receiving both doses. 

Reid said that almost 300,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered this week. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 445 new cases of the virus and one further death in the last 24 hours, taking Northern Ireland's death toll to 2,157. 

A total of 2,115,735 doses of the vaccine have now been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Only limited coronavirus figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends.

July 9

Update 1:45 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 631 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 50 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 15 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

On July 8, Ireland’s COVID DataHub reported a total of 276,735 confirmed cases in the country. 

It also reported 5,006 deaths - including probable and possible deaths - in the country. This figure is updated weekly.

As of Thursday, July 8, there have been 4,619,820 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 2,580,591 people have received their first dose
  • 2,039,229 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Today we are reporting over 600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the first time since late April. This is a cause of concern and shows that this 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. We ask if you are not yet vaccinated, to hold firm to the public health advice as you await your vaccine. Please continue to manage your contacts, meet outdoors and avoid crowds.

"If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 or have any concerns, please isolate and seek a free PCR test as soon as possible. If you are not yet fully vaccinated and a close contact of a person that has tested positive for COVID-19, you also need to isolate and get a free PCR test."

Earlier today, Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced revised guidelines for visiting nursing homes:

Delighted along with @MaryButlerTD to be able to announce revised Nursing Home visit guidelines.

This is further evidence of the benefits of the vaccine programme. pic.twitter.com/xHs8SBcKgA

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) July 9, 2021

Update 10:25 am EST: 605 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 131,419 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,098,415 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 3,432 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the seventh day in a row, there have been no new COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. The total number of COVID-related deaths reported in the region remains at 2,156.

As of July 9, there have been 2,107,863 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,181,008 were first doses and 926,855 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann today praised the contribution made by community pharmacists and GPs to the outstanding success of the vaccination programme.

Northern Ireland’s network of community pharmacies has delivered more than 100,000 doses of Astra Zeneca vaccine. GPs – who began giving jabs in January – have this week exceeded 800,000 doses.

The Health Minister said: “These are tremendous landmarks for our GPs and community pharmacists who have played invaluable roles in driving forward the vaccination programme. I want to thank them sincerely for everything they are doing to help get as many as people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

“Hundreds of doctors and pharmacists in every part of Northern Ireland have risen to the challenge of delivering a total of more than 900,000 jabs between them while continuing to provide vital services to people in their communities at a time of very significant pressure throughout our health and social care system.”

July 8

Update 1:25 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 534 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 58 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 17 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

As of Wednesday, July 7, there have been 4,555,032 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 2,562,205 people have received their first dose
  • 1,992,827 people are fully vaccinate

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "COVID-19 is still circulating in our community and as we come into weekend, it is extremely important that we continue to adhere to the public health advice to stop the spread of the disease.

"If you are not yet fully vaccinated and you plan to socialise, please do so safely and meet outdoors. Please avoid crowds, wear a mask where appropriate, wash your hands, manage your contacts and maintain your social distance.

"If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 over the weekend, make sure to arrange a test as soon as possible and don’t put it off until Monday to contact your GP or attend a testing centre."

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said today that the Datahub for local COVID rates in Ireland should be back online tomorrow, July 9:

Happy to be able to share that tomorrow the Datahub should be back up for local Covid rates. It's going to be important in the face of a surge in Delta cases to keep local communities informed. Here's the latest map at a county level. pic.twitter.com/qpMDW4EJD6

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) July 8, 2021

Update 10:55 am EST: 627 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 130,814 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,095,235 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 3,257 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the sixth day in a row, there have been no new COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. The total number of COVID-related deaths reported in the region remains at 2,156.

As of July 8, there have been 2,099,174 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,179,096 were first doses and 920,078 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

July 7

Update 2:05 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 6:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 581 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 60 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 17 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

As of Tuesday, July 6, there have been 4,486,999 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 2,541,492 people have received their first dose
  • 1,945,507 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "We are continuing to see an increase in the incidence rate of COVID-19, and so, it is important that we do as much as possible to control the spread of the disease as the vaccination programme opens to all adults over the age of 18.

"The continuing high levels of adherence to the public health advice, high levels of vaccine uptake and community engagement with testing centres around the country are all reasons to be positive. If you display any symptoms of COVID-19, it is important that you isolate straight away and come forward for a PCR test."

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly this morning announced that vaccine registration is now open for everyone aged 34 - 69.

Registration for a COVID-19 vaccine is now open for everyone ag 34 - 69.

In addition pharmacies can offer a Janssen vaccine by appointment to those age 18-34 pic.twitter.com/YRks4iOHEB

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) July 7, 2021

Minister Donnelly also said that Ireland continues to "get vaccines out as quickly as possible."

The 4.5 millionth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is being administered today.

We continue to get vaccines out as quickly as possible.

Registration open for 34 year olds +, pharmacies administering Janssen for 18-34 and @HSELive working to complete AstraZeneca second doses. pic.twitter.com/buYXRauEYf

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) July 7, 2021

Update 12:20 pm EST: 570 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 130,187 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,092,083 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 3,054 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the fifth day in a row, there have been no new COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. The total number of COVID-related deaths reported in the region remains at 2,156.

As of July 7, there have been 2,089,316 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,177,136 were first doses and 912,250 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has issued a “final call” if you are seeking an interim vaccination certificate for travel on July 9:

#COVID19 VACCINE CERTIFICATION UPDATE

If your flight departs on 9 July you must apply by 11:59pm on 7 July 2021.

Apply online through NI Direct website at: https://t.co/gGHcOGx22c@HSCBoard pic.twitter.com/FkkZN1WeIb

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) July 7, 2021

You can find travel-related FAQs from Northern Ireland’s Department of Health here.

Northern Ireland’s Public Health Agency has shared this information regarding COVID testing:

Which test do I need and when? What's the difference between a PCR and lateral flow test?
Find out more about COVID-19 tests at https://t.co/CoceczdLvs @healthdpt pic.twitter.com/7aHh9CULLJ

— Public Health Agency (@publichealthni) July 7, 2021

July 6

Update 1:15 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 397 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 54 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 16 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

As of Monday 5 July there have been 4,423,158 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 2,527,909 people have received their first dose
  • 1,895,249 people are fully vaccinated

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “We are seeing a small but concerning increase in hospitalisations in recent days, coming 10-14 days after the five day moving average of daily case numbers began to increase. This is a cause for concern and we will be monitoring it closely in the days and weeks ahead.

“Full vaccination is needed to protect against COVID-19, including the Delta variant. To protect yourselves and your loved ones, it is extremely important to take up the opportunity of being vaccinated and come forward for your second dose as soon as it is offered to you. The second vaccination is very effective at preventing both disease and hospitalisation.”

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today announced that the 30-34 age group can begin to register for mRNA vaccinations tomorrow, July 7.

📢📢📢📢📢

Update to registration for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

Registration for the 30-34 age group for an mRNA vaccine will now open tomorrow, Wednesday July 07.

Appointments will follow in a matter of days with the first vaccinations for this group next week. pic.twitter.com/fVk8j0yIYy

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) July 6, 2021

Minister Donnelly today also signed regulations that move the COVID-19 Passenger Locator form to an online-only system. If you are traveling to the Republic of Ireland, you can access the online Passenger Locator form here.

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive, noted an increase in swabs. "Not everyone is protected yet," he said.

Just an early alert re #Delta. Yesterday we had almost 14,000 #COVID19 swab tests done in the community. This is the highest since January 11th. Swabbing is increasing by 30% week on week. Please do come forward for a test if symptomatic. Not everyone is protected yet. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) July 6, 2021

Update 9:40 am EST: 417 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 129,617 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health. 

To date, 1,088,824 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 2,883 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the fourth day in a row, there have been no new COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. The total number of COVID-related deaths reported in the region remains at 2,156.

As of July 6, there have been 2,079,141 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,175,151 were first doses and 904,607 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Michelle O’Neill, Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister, confirmed on Monday that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcements that restrictions will be lifted in the coming days "refer to England only" and not Northern Ireland:

Boris Johnson’s announcements today refer to England only. The Executive will take its own decisions based on our own information on how to exit the current restrictions. The level of infection is on a rapid increase and it will claim many lives.

— Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) July 5, 2021

July 5

Update 12:45 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 365 new cases of the coronavirus, although this figure may change due to future data validation. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 51 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 14 requiring intensive care. 

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that 343,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered over the past seven days and that 49% of Irish adults have now been fully vaccinated. 

People aged 18-34 can begin receiving the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine in local pharmacies from today. 

Alternatively, people in this cohort can wait and register to receive a Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine from a mass vaccination center. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 420 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of cases in the region to 129,200. 

There were no further deaths in Northern Ireland as the region's death toll remained at 2,156. 

A total of 2,070,574 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland, with 897,209 people receiving both doses. 

July 4 

Update 10:30 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 562 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 274,306. 

However, this figure may change due to future data validation. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 48 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 14 requiring intensive care. 

HSE CEO Paul Reid suggested that all adults may be fully vaccinated by the end of August or the start of September due to a change in official advice that will allow younger cohorts receive the AstraZeneca vaccine and the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

"Ultimately if we can work through all of that it could bring us right back to the end of August, early September. That’s where it could bring us if everything comes forward," Reid told RTE's This Week. 

He said that 120,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines could be delivered to 850 pharmacies around the country in the next week. 

Under advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, people aged between 18 and 34 can opt-in to receive a Johnson & Johnson vaccine in their local pharmacy. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 553 new cases of the virus and no further deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll remains at 2,156. 

A total of 2,061,988 of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on the weekend. 

July 3

Update 11:45 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 448 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 273,774. 

However, this figure may change due to future data validation. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 42 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 14 requiring intensive care. 

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that more than 4.3 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 1.8 million people receiving both doses of the vaccine - a total of 48% of the adult population. 

Over 2.5 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine to date. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health announced 460 new cases of the virus and no further deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll remained at 2,156.

A total of 2,054,420 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on the weekend. 

July 2

Update 12:30 pm EST:  Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

512 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
this number of cases may change due to future data validation
46 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 14 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

As of Thursday 1 July there have been 4,236,206 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 2,482,377 people have received their first dose
  • 1,753,829 people have received their second dose

Ireland's Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today shared this update on Ireland's vaccination progress:

💉Almost 4 and a quarter million doses administered
💉Record day on Wednesday + ~65k
💉Two in three adults with at least one dose
💉Heading for half of adults with full vaccination
💉Accelerated programme for 18-34 announced today

Well done to all involved. 👏 pic.twitter.com/ddrjrMU1dZ

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) July 2, 2021

Update 11:30 am EST: 339 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 127,787 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,076,496 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 2,077 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the first time since June 11, one new COVID-related death has been reported in Northern Ireland today bringing the total number of deaths reported to 2,156. The newly reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am July 1 - 10 am July 2.

As of July 2, 2,046,141 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,168,739 were first doses and 871,216 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

A number of mobile, walk-in vaccination clinics will be in open this weekend across Northern Ireland. Health Minister Robin Swann said: “I welcome these latest walk-in clinics, bringing the vaccine directly to the community.

“My message to anyone who hasn’t got their vaccine yet is simple – get the jab done. Vaccination protects you and others. It protects the most vulnerable in our community. To counter the spread of the Delta variant, we need to get first and second doses to as many people as possible in the coming weeks.

“Vaccination is our passport to better times and to getting back to normality.”

‘Grab a jab’ this weekend at a mobile vaccination clinic:
Saturday 3rd
Belfast City Hall: 2.30pm-8pm
Quays, Newry: 9.30am-3.30pm
Castlewellan Community Centre: 11am-7pm
Sunday 4th
Donard car park, Newcastle: 11am-7pm

You must bring photo ID & if you can your Health & Care number pic.twitter.com/flrsNDuFaM

— nidirect (@nidirect) July 2, 2021

Update 4:30 am EST: Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced an expansion to Ireland's vaccination rollout, allowing people aged 18-34 to opt to receive the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine from their local pharmacies from Monday. 

Roughly 750 pharmacies will be participating in the rollout. 

The move comes after the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) changed its advice to allow people under 40 to receive the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines. 

Speaking to RTÉ Radio's Morning Ireland, Donnelly said that the "opt-in" system will run in parallel with the online registration portal, which allows people to be vaccinated in mass vaccination centers. 

The HSE has also confirmed that people aged 34 to 30 will be able to register to receive a vaccine from a mass vaccination center from next Friday. 

Vaccination centers are expected to begin administering vaccine doses to younger age cohorts from mid-July and will offer mRNA vaccines such as Pfizer and Moderna in addition to the recently-approved Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines. 

Registration for the 25-29 cohort and the 18-24 cohort will open in due course. 

The HSE said that younger cohorts will be able to opt-in and receive an earlier Johnson & Johnson or AstraZeneca shot in a mass vaccination center or alternatively, they can wait to receive an mRNA vaccine. 

Under the proposed changes, 16 to 49-year-olds should still be offered an mRNA vaccine such as Moderna or Pfizer if they are available. 

People in the 18-34 cohort can also arrange an appointment at local pharmacies, which have been administering vaccines to people over the age of 50 who may have missed out on the vaccine program. 

To date, around 7,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in pharmacies around Ireland, while a total of 60,000 vaccines have been distributed to more than 700 pharmacies. 

"We want to make sure every vaccine is used," Donnelly told Morning Ireland. 

The HSE encouraged people to make an appointment at their local pharmacy. 

"To arrange a vaccine, people aged 18-34 can contact a participating pharmacy to book an appointment. We are asking that people book in advance so pharmacies will be able to plan accordingly and reduce the risk of any wastage," the HSE said in a statement. 

Donnelly also said that everyone who received their first AstraZeneca dose will receive their second dose in the next 10 or 11 days.

"So in the next 10 or 11 days, everyone who has had the first dose will have had their second dose. We can do this because the NIAC advice has changed to four weeks." 

The Minister for Health said that 18 to 34-year-olds will now be vaccinated one or two months earlier than expected, "accelerating" Ireland's vaccine rollout "in the face of this Delta surge". 

July 1

Update 12:25 pm EST: NPHET today says that the estimated number of COVID-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, which has not been published since May, has now reached 5,000.

.@rtenews The number of deaths due to Covid-19 has reached 5,000 NPHET has said.

— Fergal Bowers (@FergalBowers) July 1, 2021

Update 12:10 pm EST: Ireland's Tanaiste Leo Varadkar today shared this short clip explaining why the Irish government opted to delay the return of indoor activities from July 5 to at least July 19.

Varadkar said that the Irish government will be working on accelerating the vaccine programme, monitoring the Delta wave, and work on developing digital corona pass to access hospitality and events over the next three weeks.

I just want to explain to you why the Government has taken a decision to pause the reopening of hospitality for three weeks. pic.twitter.com/dzec1uzXra

— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) July 1, 2021

Update 12:05 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 448 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 44 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 14 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

For the first time since May, Ireland’s Department of Health has been able to provide an update on the country’s vaccination programme. As of Tuesday, June 29, there have been 4,109,474 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 2,443,921 people have received their first dose
  • 1,665,553 people have received their second dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "We are all concerned about the rapidly changing transmission arising from the Delta variant. However, we know that the basic public health measures will work in protecting people. And we know that all the vaccines offer significant protection against transmitting the disease and in how severe it is for those who pick it up.

"We must not forget to keep up the basic measures; wash hands, wear a mask where appropriate, avoid crowds, meet outdoors, keep distance and take a vaccine when it is offered to you. These remain the vital protections for those who are awaiting their turn to be vaccinated."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: "We have seen an increase in incidence over the last ten days, raising the concern that we are in the early phase of an increase driven by the Delta variant. Incidence is growing at 2% per day, reproduction number is now above 1; estimated at 1.0 to 1.2.

"Delta is much more transmissible, and it is vital we continue the basic measures to prevent transmission while the vaccination programme rapidly gives us all protection from the virus."

Dr. Cillian De Gascun, Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, said today: "The prevalence of Delta in the community is increasing, but its effect on hospitalisations and severe illness is still emerging. We do know it is the most transmissible strain of COVID-19 to date. Emerging evidence from the UK shows Delta roughly doubled the risk of hospitalisation. As proven throughout the pandemic, monitoring evidence and timely action protects us all."

Update 11:40 am EST: 326 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 127,448 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,074,052 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,970 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the 20th day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,155.

As of July 1, 2,038,058 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,166,842 were first doses and 871,216 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Deirdre Hargey, Sinn Féin MLA for South Belfast, today announced that some further loosening of restrictions will come into place over the next few days:

Just finished Executive mtg and got agreement on 👇🏻

✅ Outdoor Music from 5th July
✅Indoor Music from 5th July
✅Removal of 500 cap on outdoor gatherings starting from Friday 2 July at 5pm
(subject to conditions)

I am glad that my proposals have been agreed.

— Deirdre Hargey (@DeirdreHargey) July 1, 2021

June 30

Update 1:05 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 452 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 44 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 14 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

In a thread shared on Twitter today, medical virologist and chair of Ireland’s NPHET Coronavirus Expert Advisory Group Cillian de Gascun explained NPHET’s reasons for concern regarding the Delta variant.

De Gascun said that “the Delta variant appears to be between 40% and 60% more transmissible than the Alpha variant, which has been dominant in Ireland for the last 5 months.”

He added: “This dramatic increase in the proportion of Delta over the last two weeks will almost certainly lead to Delta dominance by the middle of July, with a consequent increase in case numbers, hospitalisations, and mortality in the following weeks”

He noted: “However, in contrast to last summer, we now have very effective vaccines. The key is to protect each other through established public health interventions (hand hygiene, distancing, mask-wearing, managing number of contacts) while the vaccines take effect.”

Elsewhere, Paul Reid, the CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE), said that there have been over 4.1 million vaccine doses administered in the Republic of Ireland to date. Almost 67 percent of adults have had their first dose, and 44 percent have had their second.

Continued strong momentum on our vaccination programme. Well over 100,000 administered in the first two days this week. Over 4.1M done to date with almost 67% adults had a Dose 1 & 44% a dose 2. #covid19 hospitalisations at 40 & ICU at 16. Every day more protections. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) June 30, 2021

Update 12:15 pm EST: 375 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 127,122 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,071,501 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,852 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the 19th day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,155.

As of June 30, 2,027,724 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,164,792 were first doses and 862,932 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Today, Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser have underlined the importance of as many people as possible getting vaccinated against Covid-19.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael McBride said: “Vaccination was extremely important before the Delta variant of Covid-19. It is all the more important now, with the variant circulating in NI in increasing numbers,” the Chief Medical Officer said.

“I again urge younger people to get their jabs without delay, and would appeal to their parents to encourage them to do so. The right time to get the jab is right now.

“As modelling information already in the public domain has indicated, we are facing the potential of a significant Covid-19 surge by the end of summer, if not sooner.

“We can limit this surge and the damage it may do through the actions we all take right now. First and foremost, this means getting fully vaccinated with both vaccine doses. 

“It also means continuing to follow public health advice to stop the virus spreading – hands, face, space and fresh air. In particular, avoid cramped or crowded indoor settings with poor ventilation.

“We all want to protect and extend the freedoms we have reclaimed from the pandemic. We all want our lives back, to be able to do things that matter to us. We are getting there and young people have made a huge difference. You have missed out on too much already. Let’s not miss out on any more.  Vaccination is key. So too is avoiding complacency. The worst thing we could do right now is imagine that this is over, that the risk has gone.”

Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Young said: “I know some people will question how Covid can still be such a threat when our vaccination programme has gone so well.

“It has undoubtedly been a success, and we would be in a much more serious situation without the vaccines. Nevertheless, there is still vital work to do. There is a sizeable part of the population still to get the fuller protection that both vaccine doses provide. Getting both doses is particularly important in relation to the Delta variant.

“Also, while the COVID-19 vaccines are clearly effective, no vaccine in history has ever been 100% effective in 100% of cases. Some people may not get optimum protection from vaccination and consequently may remain vulnerable. While this should be a relatively small minority of vaccine recipients overall, the numbers involved may not be insignificant.

“We protect these people by doing all we can to stop the virus finding them. The higher the overall vaccine take-up rate, the more we can limit the spread.”

June 29

Update 12:25 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 351 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 46 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 16 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

Ireland's Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today shared this update about Ireland's vaccination programme. Two out of three adults in the Republic of Ireland have received at least one vaccine dose so far.

"Now what NPHET has said is, the Delta variant is a huge concern and their modeling shows that particularly through August and September, if we don't act, we could have a huge number of cases.

"Even with a lot of people vaccinated, that could translate into a lot of people in hospital, a lot of people in ICU, and unfortunately a lot of fatalities.

"So NPHET's advice to us is as follows: continue with the opening of outdoor activities. For the indoor, higher-risk activities, continue opening up, but we have to do so more carefully, and their advice essentially says continue opening up if a way can be found with the industry to do so with people who are fully vaccinated, and obviously, more and more people are going to be fully vaccinated.

"So what are we doing now? We're going to be engaging with the industry to see how we can pursue this. We want hospitality open, we want the arts open, we've got to do so safely and in a way that is in line with the NPHET advice."

Quick update from @roinnslainte on our vaccination programme and the latest on reopening and how we need to proceed carefully due to the #DeltaVariant pic.twitter.com/A1q6TuJWX0

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) June 29, 2021

Update 10:30 am EST: Taoiseach Micheál Martin today confirmed in a live address to the nation that the return of indoor activities, including dining and bar service, will not return on July 5 as originally planned. You can learn more here.

Update 10:25 am EST: 278 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 126,747 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,068,532 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,680 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the 18th day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,155.

As of June 29, 2,018,191 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,162,455 were first doses and 855,736 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

June 28

Update 9:55 pm EST: Ireland's National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has reportedly advised that Ireland delay its planned reopening of indoor dining on July 5. The Irish government is expected to make an official announcement tomorrow, June 29. 

Update 1:40 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 305 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 49 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 16 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

Ireland's Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today shared this update about Ireland's vaccination programme, which shows that more than 4 million doses have been administered to date.

Another amazing week in our vaccination programme last week - thanks to everyone involved in making it so successful.

* 50k+ per day in 4/7 days
* Pharmacies administering Janssen and joining Pfizer programme from today
* Supplies strong for this week and next. #ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/OEyseNCql3

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) June 28, 2021

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland's Health Service Executive, today said that last week saw the highest level of vaccinations to date in Ireland:

Last week we administered our highest level of vaccinations to date at almost 350,000. In 4 of the past 7 days we administered over 54,000. Almost 110,000 of these were 2nd dose Astrazeneca. Another strong week ahead based on supplies. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) June 28, 2021

Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is expected to convene later today to provide modelling for the Irish cabinet who, in turn, is expected to announce a decision tomorrow regarding the potential return of indoor dining across the Republic of Ireland on July 5.

Update 11:20 am EST: 211 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 126,469 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,065,684 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,600 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the 17th day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,155.

As of June 28, 2,010,028 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,160,024 were first doses and 836,164 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann issued a personal appeal today urging people to get vaccinated.

In an open letter, Minister Swann wrote: “The push is very much on to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. The Delta variant is spreading and the more people we get double jabbed, the more we will lessen its impact.

“So please don’t put off your turn. The right time is now.

He added: “You might think you are in a low risk group for Covid. That may be true but you don’t know for certain. And if you get the virus, you could end up infecting someone who is still very vulnerable, or experiencing long COVID yourself.

“A small percentage of people don’t get full protection from vaccination. That’s inevitable. No vaccine in history has been 100% effective for 100% of people.

“So we need to protect these people – by doing everything we can to stop the virus spreading and reaching them.

“That means all of us lending an arm and getting the jab."

June 27

Update 11 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 340 new cases of the coronavirus, although this figure may change due to future data validation. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 47 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 15 requiring intensive care. 

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that more than 310,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland this week, while more than 1.5 million people have now been fully vaccinated. 

Reid said that 41% of the adult population has now been fully inoculated and said that there is "lots to be confident about". 

However, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said on Sunday that the Cabinet will meet early next week to discuss a potential delay to the reopening of indoor dining due to a rise in Delta variant cases. 

The Taoiseach did not say when the meeting would take place or what the decision may be. 

The Restaurants Association of Ireland has called on the Government to make a decision by Tuesday at the latest so that establishments can cancel stock orders if the reopening is delayed. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has confirmed 261 new cases of the virus and no further deaths as the region's death toll remains at 2,155. 

A total of 2,003,117 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

June 26 

Update 11:05 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 443 new cases of the coronavirus, although this figure may change due to future data validation. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 43 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 13 requiring intensive care. 

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that almost four million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland, while more than 40% of the adult population has received both doses of the vaccine. 

"The Delta variant poses an obvious threat. But we do tackle it in a stronger position. Another 59,000 vaccines administered yesterday, & over 270,000 already this week. Over 40% of adults now fully vaccinated & almost 4M in total administered. We'll keep playing our part," Reid said on Twitter. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 298 new cases of the virus and no further deaths. 

Northern Ireland's death toll remains at 2,155. 

A total of 1,996,954 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

June 25

Update 4:05 pm EST: The following countries are being added to the Republic of Ireland's mandatory hotel quarantine scheme effective 4:00 am on Tuesday, June 29:

  • Dominican Republic
  • Eritrea
  • Haiti
  • Indonesia
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Myanmar
  • Russia
  • Tunisia

If you are planning on traveling in or out of the Republic of Ireland, you are encouraged to stay up-to-date with the regulations available here online.

Advice for travel in and out of Northern Ireland is available here.

Update 3:55 pm EST: Taoiseach Micheal Martin today said that by the end of today, 40 percent of all eligible adults in the Republic of Ireland will have been fully vaccinated:

Have just been told that 40% of eligible adults will be fully-vaccinated by the end of today.

Great news - and a fantastic achievement by all involved in Ireland’s #CovidVaccine rollout.

— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) June 25, 2021

Update 1:00 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 380 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 38 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 13 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) today announced a shipment of "vital assistance" to Brazil amidst its COVID battle:

Together with @merrionstreet, we are working to provide assistance to Brazil as part of the Euro Aid programme. Today, we have sent 47,520 vials of Atracurium to San Paolo. Atracurium is used in Intensive Care Units, and will help deliver life-saving care to #COVID19 patients. pic.twitter.com/nOARKDiqUb

— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) June 25, 2021

Update 11:20 am EST: 229 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 125,699 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,058,767 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,221 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the 14th day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,155.

As of June 25, 1,988,884 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,152,720 were first doses and 836,164 were second doses. 

Yesterday afternoon, Northern Ireland’s Department of Health shared this update about international travel. You can stay up to date with the region's travel advice here.

✈️International Travel update

➡️https://t.co/e9uLSkR7aM

➡️Keep up to date with the latest travel advice and requirements at https://t.co/mZpPOtilEU pic.twitter.com/op7evkOfPX

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) June 24, 2021

June 24

Update 2:05 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 304 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 47 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 13 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today said that vaccination registration is now open to all people aged 35 and older:

#COVIDVaccine registration is open for 35+.

Register online.

You'll need your PPSN, Eircode, mobile phone number and email address.

And if you can't register today, it remains open https://t.co/WqhJtKy6fN #ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/iogjqwWwF1

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) June 24, 2021

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE), said that 38 percent of Ireland’s adult population is now fully vaccinated:

We've now 3.8M vaccines administered with approx 66% of adult population had a 1st dose & 38% fully vaccinated. 54,000 administered in each of the past two days. 92,000 dose 2s Astrazeneca done last week & same for this week. Vaccines are winning but it's not over yet. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) June 24, 2021

Update 12:15 pm EST: 198 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 125,470 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,056,080 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,178 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the 13th day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,155

As of June 24, 1,980,708 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,150,202 were first doses and 830,506 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s COVID-19 vaccination centres are now offering first dose appointments to everyone aged 18 and over, as part of the drive to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

In recent weeks, the centres have been focussing on the 18-39 age group, with community pharmacies offering vaccine appointments to those aged 40 and over.

From 9 am today, anyone aged 18 plus can book a vaccine appointment at the vaccination centres. These centres are using the Pfizer vaccine for first doses.

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann said: “My advice to everyone who has not yet come forward is to get your jab as soon as you can. The emergence and spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant demonstrates that the virus remains a serious threat.

“Getting vaccinated protects you and protects others. Vaccination is also essential to our pathway back to normality.”

June 23

Update 12:25 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 348 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 41 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 13 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

COVID vaccination appointments are now open to all people 36 and older in the Republic of Ireland:

#COVIDVaccine registration is open for people aged 36. The quickest & easiest way to register is online. You'll need your PPSN, Eircode, mobile phone number & email address. Don't worry if you can't register today, registration will stay open➡️https://t.co/nTNxEJWWWr #ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/uqJUjQgFX4

— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) June 23, 2021

Update 11:45 am EST: 188 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 125,272 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,053,106 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,143 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the 12th day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,155.

As of June 23, 1,971,061 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,147,153 were first doses and 823,908 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

June 22

Update 12:35 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 294 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 39 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 13 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly shared data that shows a decrease in daily age-specific incidence rates:

Some good examples of how well the vaccines and sticking with public health measures are protecting people from Covid - daily age-specific incidence rates. pic.twitter.com/b78L279xHs

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) June 22, 2021

Paul Reid, the CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE), said today that only 22 hospitals in Ireland “have either 1 or no case.”

We're down to 39 #COVID19 inpatients in hospital, 13 in ICU. 22 hospitals have either 1 or no case. Hospitals are under significant challenge however due to increased Emergency Department attendances & ongoing impacts of the cyber attack. We appreciate your support. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) June 22, 2021

Update 11:00 am EST: 187 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 125,084 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,050,535 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,122 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the 11th day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,155.

As of June 22, 1,960,401 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,143,223 were first doses and 810,405 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann today said: “Alongside vaccination and contact tracing, testing is one of the main pillars of protection against the virus.

“A number of different COVID-19 testing services are available in Northern Ireland and I would encourage people to make use of these services as required and as appropriate.

“By doing so, we can help keep each other safe and play our part in helping society return to normality.”

He emphasised the importance of symptomatic testing, adding: “I would urge everyone with symptoms to get a PCR test, to co-operate and work with our Contact Tracing service if they receive a positive PCR test result, and to self-isolate immediately if they develop symptoms.”

June 21

Update 1:35 pm EST: Ireland’s interim Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys and An Garda Síochána have responded today after gardai informed some establishments in recent days that they may be in breach of the law for serving alcohol to customers in temporary outdoor seating areas.

Humphreys said on Twitter: “I have been in regular contact with the Garda Commissioner on the issue of outdoor dining and how best An Garda Síochána will work to facilitate us all enjoying an outdoor summer. We spoke again this morning.

"The Commissioner has reassured me, and did so again this morning, that discretion will continue to be applied by Gardaí in their engagements with licensed premises. The Commissioner will be sending a communication out across the Garda organisation this morning to that effect.

"The overwhelming majority of licensed premises are operating safely, and we in Government are determined to continue to support them. If local issues arise, I would urge local authorities, Gardai and businesses to engage.

"However, I will also examine whether further measures are required from Government. Licencing law is a complex area but I have spoken to the Attorney General this morning and we will take further action if necessary."

Earlier, An Garda Síochána said on Twitter: “Commissioner Harris issued an instruction to regional Assistant Commissioners that Gardaí should use discretion in relation to licensed premises while also continuing to respond to any public complaints received on matters such as public order, parking, noise etc”

Update 12:50 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 284 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 53 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 13 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

Dr. Tony Holohan, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer, said on Twitter today: “Today’s data show a concerning increase in transmission of the Delta variant in Ireland. 

“We estimate that Delta accounts for up to 20% of cases reported in the last week. 

“We have also seen a number of outbreaks associated with this variant reported in the last week.

“This is similar to a pattern being seen in a number of other EU member states.

"In the UK, Delta has been the dominant strain of #COVID19 for a number of weeks and now they are beginning to experience a rise in hospitalisations.

“It is really important that people who are not fully vaccinated continue to follow all public health advice. This includes people who are waiting for their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

“People should take a vaccine when it is offered to them and in the meantime they should continue to avoid crowds, limit contacts, avoid meeting up indoors and work from home where possible.”

Update 11:20 am EST: 133 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 124,897 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,047,930 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,064 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the tenth day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,155.

As of June 21, 1,951,243 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,140,838 were first doses and 810,405 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

On Sunday, Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael McBride and Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan met to discuss the evolving profile of COVID-19 across the island.

The Chief Medical Officers  reminded people who are intending to travel across the Border over the coming days to be alert to the epidemiological situation in the relevant local areas and to ensure that they avoid activities which could place them or their families at risk of COVID-19 infection.

June 20

Update 9:30 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 288 new cases of the coronavirus, although this figure may change due to future data validation.

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 49 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 15 requiring intensive care. 

Vaccine registration opened today for 39-year-olds and it is expected that anyone who registered today will receive their first dose in roughly three weeks. 

A total of 3,434,053 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland with 61.3% of the adult population receiving their first dose and 31% of adults receiving both doses. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 125 new cases of the virus and no further deaths. 

Northern Ireland's death toll remains at 2,155. 

A total of 1,941,162 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the region to date. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

June 19

Update 9:30 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 393 new cases of the coronavirus, although this figure may change due to future data validation.

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 48 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 14 patients requiring intensive care.

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that 21 Irish hospitals are dealing with one case of the coronavirus or fewer. 

Meanwhile, Dr. Colm Henry, the HSE's Chief Clinical Officer, said that people aged between 39 and 35 can begin registering for their COVID-19 vaccine from Sunday. 

People aged 39 will be able to register tomorrow, while 38-year-olds will be able to register on Monday. Those aged 37 can register on Tuesday, while 36 and 35-year-olds can register from Wednesday and Thursday respectively. 

Henry additionally said that the HSE hopes that people in their 20s will be able to register for the vaccine by late August. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 158 new cases of the virus and no further deaths. 

Northern Ireland's death toll remains at 2,155. 

A total of 1,932,702 doses of the vaccine have been administered in the region. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

June 18 

Update 12:30 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 313 new cases of the coronavirus, although this figure may change due to future validation. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 53 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 15 requiring intensive care. 

Professor Philip Nolan of the National Public Health Emergency Team said that the numbers of people in hospital and ICU were now less than half what they were six weeks ago. 

He also said that Ireland's seven-day incidence rate had fallen by 27% between May 21 and this week. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 178 new cases of the virus and no further deaths. 

There have now been 124,481 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic, while 906 people tested positive for the virus in the last seven days, up from 628 people last week. 

There are currently 16 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with none requiring intensive care. 

There are active outbreaks of the virus in three Northern Irish care homes. 

June 17

Update 2:05 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 373 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 54 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, of which 18 are in intensive care (ICU). There have been 3 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "We are now experiencing near elimination of COVID-19 in the vaccinated population.

"For the 50-65’s who are in the process of receiving protection from full vaccination, incidence is dropping. Incidence is also reducing in most age groups, showing commendable compliance with public health measures as the vaccination programme is rolled out to more and more people.

"If you are fully vaccinated you can safely resume normal life - meeting other fully vaccinated people from up to two households indoors without masks or social distancing, and meeting unvaccinated people from one other household indoors and without masks.

"Those of us awaiting vaccination should continue to wash/sanitise hands regularly, manage contacts, avoid crowds, wear masks where appropriate and socialise outdoors."

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Recent advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) states that mixing of vaccine doses is not recommended. I would urge anyone due to receive their 2nd dose of AstraZeneca vaccine to do so, completing their protection against COVID-19."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: "All indicators of the disease are improving nationally. In April/May incidence was stable at 400-500 cases a day – this has now reduced to a five day average of 303. Hospital admissions have reduced from 103 to 57 in the past two weeks.

"If we can continue to weigh public health measures with vaccine uptake and continue to keep new variants, including Delta, at bay then the risk profile of COVID-19 in Ireland will alter for the better."

Update 1:55 pm EST: 179 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 124,303 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,039,497 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 847 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the sixth day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,155.

As of June 17, 1,911,239 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,128,670 were first doses and 782,569 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann has today called on employers to show flexibility with employees over Covid-19 vaccination appointments.

Minister Swann said: “We have an ongoing issue at present with people seeking to reschedule their second dose dates,” he continued.

“While this will obviously be unavoidable in some cases, I would ask people to please keep such requests to a minimum.

“It heightens the already significant logistical and admin challenges of running the vaccination programme. This programme is a massive undertaking and anything that adds unnecessarily to its workload must be avoided.

“Work commitments are one of the reasons being cited for these requests. While the advice is still to work from home we recognise that many more people are based back in their workplace now than was the case in the early months of the programme.

“I would appeal to employers to be as flexible as they can if staff need time away to get their jabs.

“Vaccination is in everyone’s best interests – including our work colleagues,

“The more we vaccinate and the quicker we do it by getting more first and second doses given, the sooner society can resume some form of normality.”

June 16

Update 12:15 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 329 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 57 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, of which 19 are in intensive care (ICU)

Update 12:05 pm EST: 143 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 124,124 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,037,061 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 765 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the fifth day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,155.

As of June 16, 1,899,610 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,126,677 were first doses and 772,933 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

June 15

Update 12:30 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 283 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 60 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, of which 23 are in intensive care (ICU)

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today shared an update on Ireland’s vaccination programme. Reporting on the programme has been stalled due to last month’s cyberattack on the HSE’s IT systems.

Update on our COVID-19 vaccination programme pic.twitter.com/F4wymPfmTJ

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) June 15, 2021

Update 9:25 am EST: 115 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 123,981 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health. 

To date,1,034,645 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 722 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the fourth day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,155.

As of June 15, 1,872,692 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,115,237 were first doses and 757,455 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

June 14

Update 1:40 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 242 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 67 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, of which 23 are in intensive care (ICU)

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today remarked that it was “great to see” the uptake in vaccinations across Ireland, citing data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control:

Great to see the astounding results in vaccine uptake in our vaccinated groups in Ireland.

You can see the progress across all of the EU/EEA on the @ECDC Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker here https://t.co/cN6DW2ckUd #ForUsAll #CovidVaccine pic.twitter.com/mrD6bM64S8

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) June 14, 2021

Update 11:40 am EST: 87 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 123,866 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date,1,032,444 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 694 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the third day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,155.

As of June 14, 1,865,635 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,114,098 were first doses and 751,537 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Also today, Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann has announced new services for the treatment and assessment of post-Covid-19 syndrome, also known as ‘long Covid’.

The services include the establishment of a new multidisciplinary assessment service for post-Covid-19 patients.

Minister Swann said: “Covid-19 has presented many challenges, not least for our health service. And whilst we will continue to live with Covid-19 for some time yet, we need to focus on rebuilding our services in a post-covid era. That is a challenge. That is the legacy of Covid-19.  We need to build back better and stronger than before and to deal with the issues coming our way post-pandemic. 

“Providing appropriate assessments and treatments for patients who are experiencing long-term effects of Covid-19 is an essential part of building back services.” 

He added: “The new services will offer dedicated support for the assessment and treatment of post-Covid-19 syndrome over the short and medium-term. The proposed model will also strengthen core services for psychology and post-critical care recovery in the long term including follow-up services for patients.”

June 13

Update 11:05 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 315 new cases of the coronavirus, although figures may change due to future data validation. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 62 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 22 requiring intensive care. 

The HSE said on Sunday that Ireland's COVID-19 vaccination portal will open for people in their 30s shortly. The portal is currently open for people aged between 40 and 69 to book their vaccination appointment. 

Meanwhile, the Department of Health in Northern Ireland announced 70 new cases of the virus and no further deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll remained at 2,155. 

A total of 1,863,974 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

June 12

Update 11:05 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 431 new cases of the coronavirus, although figures may change due to future data validation. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 58 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 22 requiring intensive care. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 107 new cases of the virus and no further deaths. 

Northern Ireland's death toll remains at 2,155. 

A total of 1,862,979 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

June 11 

Update 12:30 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 319 new cases of the coronavirus, although these figures may change due to future data validation. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 60 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 23 requiring intensive care. 

Yesterday, HSE CEO Paul Reid welcomed the news that Ireland's COVID-19 hospitalizations had fallen to 59 and said that the low figures showed "the remarkable benefit of our vaccination program". 

"We all deserve to cherish and protect these great moments," Reid wrote on Twitter. 

Reid also announced that 11 Irish hospitals are now dealing with zero coronavirus patients and said that it would provide great relief for patients and staff. 

St. James's Hospital - Ireland's largest hospital - confirmed yesterday that it was dealing with no coronavirus patients for the first time since March 2020. 

Furthermore, Ireland's COVID-19 vaccination registration portal is set to open to 39 to 30-year-olds from next week as the country's vaccination rollout continues. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health confirmed 108 new cases of the virus on Friday, taking the total number of confirmed infections in the region to 123,602. 

The Department also announced one further COVID-19-related death as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 2,155. 

A total of 1,849,169 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland. 

There are currently 18 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with none requiring intensive care. 

June 10

Update 12:40 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 398 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 70 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, of which 23 are in intensive care (ICU)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin today said: "We hope by the end of the day, that a million people will have been fully vaccinated, which I think is a significant milestone. Over 3.1 million doses have been administered so far."

He also said that the Irish government has set a new target of 70 percent of adults in Ireland being fully vaccinated - dependent on vaccine supply - by the end of July.

Elsewhere, Stephen Donnelly, Ireland's Minister for Health, today welcomed the news that St. James Hospital in Dublin, the largest hospital in Ireland, has no COVID in-patients for the first time since March 2020:

Really great news from @stjamesdublin https://t.co/WRtfLsjXKq

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) June 10, 2021

Update 11:30 am EST: 109 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 123,481 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date,1,025,960 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 604 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the seventh day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,154.

As of June 10, 1,837,819 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,101,629 were first doses and 736,190 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health today announced that the interval between doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines is to be reduced to a maximum of 8 weeks.

Also today, Michelle O’Neill, the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, announced that the indicative date for the return of live music is June 21:

We have agreed the 21st of June as an indicative date for the return of live music.

I am sure that many of our musicians cannot wait to get back on stage and perform.

Let’s keep playing our part and moving forward in the right direction 👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/bGkmzZlnrU

— Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) June 10, 2021

O'Neill's announcement comes as the region's Health Department published its latest review on COVID restrictions:

Department publishes latest review on the need for #COVID19 restrictions

➡️ https://t.co/06lZptsBRw pic.twitter.com/XSWLSShruz

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) June 10, 2021

June 9

Update 12:50 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 259 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 76 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, of which 27 are in intensive care (ICU)

Ireland's Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today said that vaccination is helping eliminate clusters and outbreaks:

The impact of our COVID-19 vaccination programme continues to be seen. This daily age-specific incidence rates of confirmed cases per 100,000 population
from 9th May to 3rd June shows how those age cohorts fully vaccinated have seen outbreaks and clusters almost eliminated. pic.twitter.com/vJSDxvITzP

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) June 9, 2021

Update 11:45 am EST: 105 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 123,372 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,023,398 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 585 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the sixth day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,154.

As of June 9, 1,826,614 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,098,614 were first doses and 728,000 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann and Education Minister Peter Weir have announced that the programme of regular testing for Covid-19 in post-primary schools is to be expanded to include all pupils.

Since March, regular testing using Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests has been made available to older students in years 12 to 14 in schools and in Education Other Than at School (EOTAS) centres . All school staff (including teaching and support staff) have also been offered the tests.

Starting this week, the offer of twice-weekly testing will be expanded to pupils in years 8 to 11, providing further reassurance to the school community and families.

June 8

Update 11:35 am EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 4:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 271 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 77 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, of which 27 are in intensive care (ICU)

Update 11:15 am EST: 81 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 123,267 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,020,481 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 546 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the fifth day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,154.

As of June 8, 1,800,814 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,090,693 were first doses and 710,121 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

There are currently no COVID patients in ICU in Northern Ireland:

For the first time in 10 months in the North, there are 𝐙𝐄𝐑𝐎 COVID patients in intensive care.

A massive thank you to our healthcare workers for their efforts - let’s keep playing our part and making progress 👏🏼

— Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) June 8, 2021

June 7

Update 11:30 am EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 3 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 377 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 69 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, of which 26 are in intensive care (ICU)

With more of Ireland reopening from today, Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly reminded everyone to be safe:

We have a pathway out of this pandemic. The summer ahead will be better. Tens of thousands return to work today. Let’s all be safe and mind each other in the time ahead. https://t.co/GQy4O4DODi

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) June 7, 2021

Update 11:15 am EST: 54 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 123,186 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health. 

To date, 1,018,326 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 523 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the fourth day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,154.

As of June 7, 1,800,814 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,090,693 were first doses and 710,121 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

June 6

Update 10:55 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 313 new cases of the coronavirus, although figures may change due to future data validation. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 70 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 27 patients requiring intensive care. 

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said that three million doses of the coronavirus vaccine will have been administered in Ireland by the end of the June Bank Holiday weekend. 

Donnelly paid tribute to healthcare staff around the country for their work during Ireland's COVID-19 vaccination rollout. 

"It's an amazing achievement, and everybody involved deserves huge thanks, huge praise, and huge recognition," Donnelly said in a video on Twitter. 

He also invited 40-year-olds to register for their vaccination appointment in a separate tweet on Sunday. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health announced 69 new cases of the virus on Sunday and no further deaths. 

Northern Ireland's death toll remains at 2,154. 

A total of 1,790,718 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been administered in Northern Ireland, while anyone over the age of 18 is now invited to register for their vaccination appointment. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

June 5 

Update 11:30 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 416 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Ireland to 264,185. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 74 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 29 patients requiring intensive care. 

Today's figures represent the fewest COVID-19 hospitalizations since September 19 last year. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health announced 95 new cases of the virus and no further deaths on Saturday. 

Northern Ireland's death remains at 2,154. 

A total of 1,782,596 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

June 4

Update 12:35 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 529 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 86 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, of which 28 are in intensive care (ICU)

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today said that the 3 millionth vaccine dose is expected to be administered in the country this weekend:

🚨 3⃣,0⃣0⃣0⃣,0⃣0⃣0⃣ 🚨

This weekend we're expecting to administer the three millionth COVID-19 vaccine dose in Ireland. This is an amazing achievement and well done and thanks to all of those involved. #ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/wafmHu5x4n

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) June 4, 2021

Minister Donnelly additionally announced a reduction in the Vaxzevria® (AstraZeneca) Vaccine dose intervals.

Minister Donnelly said: "The reduction in the length of the interval between doses of this vaccine will benefit in excess of 400,000 people who are waiting on a second dose and who will now get the protection of being fully vaccinated earlier.

"This will be phased in – the coming fortnight will see those who are due their vaccine as part of a 12 week schedule, receive their second dose of vaccine. We will then implement a graduated reduction so the interval will reduce to 11, 10, 9 and then 8 weeks."

Update 11:10 am EST: 73 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 122,968 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,013,781 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 475 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

No COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the total number of deaths reported in the region remains at 2,154.

As of June 4, 1,771,123 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,078,917 were first doses and 692,206 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Health Minister Robin Swann has welcomed the MHRA approval for Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to be used in 12 to 15 year olds.

Minister Swann said: “The news today that Pfizer/BioNTech has been approved down to the age of 12 is welcome news and a further indicator of how vaccines are crucial in the fight against Covid-19.

“It is almost six months to the day since we vaccinated the first person in Northern Ireland, Nurse Joanna Sloan. In a short six months, we have delivered the vaccination programme to over a million people. This has only been made possible by the monumental effort of the staff and volunteers delivering the programme and I thank each and every one.  We should never underestimate what we can achieve if we work together.”

June 3

Update 12:45 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:15 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 465 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 84 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, of which 30 are in intensive care (ICU)

Update 12:35 pm EST: 80 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 122,895 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date,1,012,133 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 488 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

One COVID-related death has been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,154. The death reported today occurred outside of the current reporting period, 10 am June 2 - 10 am June 3.

As of June 3, 1,758,173 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,073,775 were first doses and 684,398 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

The Department of Health has also provided an update regarding international travel into Northern Ireland. From 4 am on Tuesday, June 8, Portugal will be removed from the Green List and added to the Amber List. 

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Trinidad and Tobago will also be added to the Red List from 4am on Tuesday 8 June.

There have been no additions to the Green List.

You can review Northern Ireland’s travel regulations here on NI Direct.

June 2

Update 12:15 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 3 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 407 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 93 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, of which 34 are in intensive care (ICU)

Vaccine registration in the Republic of Ireland today opens to all people 44 and older:

Another 284,310 Pfizer #CovidVaccines were delivered to Ireland today.

Great news as our vaccination rollout continues at pace.

If you are 44 or older you can register today: https://t.co/LXV87JtP0a pic.twitter.com/AtfBUWGywh

— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) June 2, 2021

Update 12:05 pm EST: From today in the Republic of Ireland, accommodation services (hotels, B&Bs, hostels, and self-catering) can reopen with services restricted to overnight guests. You can read more about what's set to open up in the country in the coming weeks here.

Update 12:00 pm EST: 84 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 122,815 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,010,057 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 484 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the fourth day in a row, no new COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours; the total number of reported deaths remains at 2,153.

As of June 2, 1,737,125 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,061,550 were first doses and 675,575 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

June 1

Update 1:20 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 337 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 89 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, of which 34 are in intensive care (ICU)

Update 10:55 am EST: 54 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 122,731 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,007,756 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 460 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no new COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, the total number of reported deaths remains at 2,153.

As of June 1, 1,720,107 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,053,150 were first doses and 666,957 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

May 31

Update 12:20 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 378 new cases of the coronavirus, although this figure may change due to future data validation. 

There are currently 111 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 35 requiring intensive care. 

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said earlier on Monday that Ireland's vaccination portal will open to people aged between 40 and 44 from Wednesday. 

The portal will first open to 44-year-olds on Wednesday before opening to 43-year-olds on Thursday. People aged 42 will be able to register on Friday, while 41 and 40-year-olds will be able to register on Saturday and Sunday respectively. 

More than one million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in May, while more than 2.7 million doses have been administered since the beginning of Ireland's vaccination rollout. 

Half of Ireland's adult population has now received at least one dose of the vaccine while close to 20% of adults have received both doses. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 39 new cases of the coronavirus and no further deaths as the region's death toll remains at 2,152.

A total of 1,709,453 doses of the vaccine have now been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Only limited coronavirus figures were available in Northern Ireland due to the Bank Holiday. 

May 30 

Update 9:40 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 374 new cases of the coronavirus, although this figure may change due to future data validation. 

There are currently 99 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 35 requiring intensive care. 

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that Ireland's COVID-19 vaccination rollout is progressing "really well" and that roughly 2.7 million doses of the have now been administered in the country. 

Reid said that close to 50% of the adult population have now received at least one dose of the vaccine and said that almost 20% of people had received both doses. 

He said that 2.5 million people would be fully vaccinated by the middle of July. 

Reid added that almost 100% of people over the age of 80 had been vaccinated and that there were no fresh outbreaks in nursing homes. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 63 new cases of the virus and no further deaths as the region's death toll remains at 2,153. 

A total of 1,702,304 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Only limited COVID-19 figures are released in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

May 29

Update 11 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 464 new cases of the coronavirus, although this figure may change due to future data validation.

There are currently 90 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 35 requiring intensive care. 

Current COVID data is limited due to a cyberattack on the HSE IT system earlier in May. 

More than 300,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine are expected to be administered in Ireland next week. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 68 new cases of the virus and one additional death. 

A total of 1,695,321 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland.

May 28

Update 3:20 pm EST: Virgin Media News political correspondent Gavan Reilly is this evening reporting that the US is among the countries being removed from Ireland's mandatory hotel quarantine list with immediate effect. Stay tuned for updates.

🛬 REMOVED from mandatory hotel quarantine list this evening, with immediate effect:

🇧🇪 Belgium
🇫🇷 France
🇱🇺 Luxembourg
🇺🇸 United States of America

This now means all EU arrivals are exempt from MHQ. @VirginMediaNews

— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) May 28, 2021

Update 2:25 pm EST: Taoiseach Micheál Martin today announced the changes that will come into effect in the coming months surrounding Ireland's public health restrictions. You can learn more here.

Update 1:25 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 6 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 467 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 99 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 38 are in ICU

Update 1:05 pm EST: Taoiseach Micheal Martin is delivering a live address regarding the further relaxation of restrictions in the Republic of Ireland:

WATCH: Taoiseach announcement on the further reopening of society and the economy during the summer months. | Read more: https://t.co/r7pk610qt9 https://t.co/Gi5CuX8iDO

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) May 28, 2021

Update 11:00 am EST: 75 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 122,507 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date,1,002,359 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 518 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the tenth day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported today in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 2,152.

As of May 28, 1,686,410 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,037,892 were first doses and 648,518 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland's Department of Health has today published answers to some frequently asked questions regarding travel. You can read them here.

May 27

Update 1:45 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 436 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 101 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 39 are in ICU

The Department of Health has also published updated COVID-19 case numbers for May 15 - May 26, 2021

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said today that by the end of the week, half of Ireland’s adult population will have received as least their first vaccination shot:

A truly national effort. Despite the challenges with supply and the criminal attack on IT systems, by the end of this week we will have half our adult population with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. @HSELive @AmbulanceNAS @defenceforces #ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/dptUeSHgQi

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) May 27, 2021

Update 10:55 am EST: 84 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 122,432 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date,1,000,359 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 525 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the ninth day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported today in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 2,152.

As of May 27, 1,674,026 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,034,143 were first doses and 639,883 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

The vaccination programme in Northern Ireland will today open for everyone aged 18 and over.

Health Minister Robin Swann said: “I am delighted that our vaccination programme is now open to all adults in Northern Ireland. I know this will be very welcome news for young people who have been waiting patiently for their turn to get the jab.

“Today’s announcement is another important milestone in the drive to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as we can, so that we can see a return to normality. The tremendous success of the vaccination programme has brought great hope and has helped to enable the recent further easing of restrictions. The expansion of the vaccination programme, well ahead of schedule, to everyone aged 18 and over is testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved in delivering the vaccine throughout Northern Ireland.”

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michael McBride, added: “I know that many young people will be very keen to book their jab now that they’re eligible for vaccination. It’s important to understand that while the risk of severe disease is lower in young people, some may become very ill and, of course, they can pass on the virus to others who may be more vulnerable.

“We’re dealing with the emergence of new variants and we all have a part to play in keeping each other safe. I would urge everyone aged 18 and over to book a slot for vaccination, including those in older age groups who have not yet stepped forward. Together we can make a difference.”

May 26

Update 1:40 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:30 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 448 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 99 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 41 are in ICU

The Department of Health has also today published updated COVID-19 case numbers for May 15 - May 26, 2021

Update 11:10 am EST: 66 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 122,348 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 998,143 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 540 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the eighth day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported today in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 2,152.

As of May 26, 1,660,981 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,030,811 were first doses and 630,170 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann today said:  “The successful roll-out of our vaccination programme continues, with over 70% of our adult population having now received their first dose and over 40% fully vaccinated.

“We need to maintain this momentum and I plan to announce the programme extension’s to 18-24 year olds in the very near future.

“Alongside vaccination, contact tracing, testing and self-isolation following a positive test remain the cornerstones of our ongoing public health response.

“I would again appeal to the public to work with us and keep playing their part in preventing the spread of the virus. That’s how we keep each other safe and protect the hard-won progress we have achieved.”

May 25

Update 1:05 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:15 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 365 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 103 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 41 are in ICU

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said today in a tweet that 2.5 million COVID vaccine doses will have been administered by the end of today:

Informed by @HSELive that 2.5 million doses of the #CovidVaccine will have been given out by the end of today.

A fantastic effort by all staff, volunteers and GPs involved in Ireland's vaccine rollout.

— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) May 25, 2021

Update 11:25 am EST: 75 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 122,282 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 995,746 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 583 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the seventh day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported today in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 2,152.

As of May 25, 1,647,207 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,026,443were first doses and 620,764 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

May 24

Update 1:05 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

As of 5:15 pm GMT today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 345 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 127 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 44 are in ICU

Update 11:55 am EST: Northern Ireland has relaxed more of its COVID regulations from today, May 24. You can see what regulations are now in effect here via NI Direct.

Update 11:45 am EST: 53 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 122,207 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 993,620 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 617 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the sixth day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported today in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 2,152.

As of May 24, 1,634,089 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,022,025 were first doses and 612,064 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

From today, more restrictions are being eased across Northern Ireland. Health Minister Robin Swann urged people to enjoy the easing of restrictions responsibly:

Health Minister Robin Swann has said a “huge collective effort” has brought Northern Ireland to the point where #COVID19 restrictions can be significantly eased. pic.twitter.com/tEAdxUvBH8

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) May 24, 2021

Also today, Northern Ireland provided an update on inbound travel into the region:

If you’re travelling to Northern Ireland from abroad, please ensure you know what is legally required of you.

Keep up to date with the latest travel advice and requirements at:
https://t.co/IsjXNzOoq7 pic.twitter.com/i71aXsYYji

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) May 24, 2021

May 23

Update 12:30 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 438 cases of the coronavirus with case numbers subject to change due to the disruption caused by the HSE cyberattack last week. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 116 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 43 people requiring intensive care. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 77 new cases of the virus over the past 24 hours. 

The Department announced no further deaths for the fifth day in a row as Northern Ireland's death toll remained at 2,152. 

A total of 1,624,053 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date. 

Only limited figures are released in Northern Ireland over the weekend. 

May 22

Update 12:10 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 381 new cases of the coronavirus, although daily case numbers may change due to future data validation. 

Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

There are currently 110 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 42 people requiring intensive care. 

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced on Saturday that six nations had been removed from Ireland's mandatory hotel quarantine list. Travellers from Georgia, Andorra, Kuwait, Mongolia, Nigeria, and Puerto Rico were taken off the list, meaning that they no longer have to quarantine in a hotel when they arrive in Ireland. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 82 new cases of the virus over the past 24 hours. 

The Department announced no further COVID-19-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll remained at 2,152. 

A total of 1,616,351 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland to date. 

Only limited figures are released in Northern Ireland over the weekend. 

May 21

Update 11:55 am EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 524 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Daily case numbers may change due to future data validation.

As of 8 am today, 107 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 38 are in ICU. There have been 19 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

People aged 47 and older can now register for their COVID vaccine in the Republic of Ireland.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "NPHET is closely monitoring variants of concern, and are concerned about possible higher transmissibility of the so-called Indian variant and its spread in other countries as well as early reports of its impact on vaccine effectiveness.

"The public are keeping the disease under control and the HSE is increasing the number of people vaccinated every day. But the variant may nevertheless pose a risk to the progress we have made. NPHET will keep a close eye on this as we move towards the end of May and consider the advice we need to provide to Government on any further easing of restrictions."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group said today: "Despite recent challenges to the Health Service’s IT systems, we continue to monitor key indicators of the disease in Ireland. The number of people hospitalised and in ICU are stable, the daily incidence is stable and the amount of people protected through vaccination continues to grow.

"We have confidence that if we can continue to limit transmission of COVID-19 through our individual behaviour and compliance to public health advice, the vaccination effect will lead us to further easing of measures in the near future."

Dr. Cillian de Gascun, Medical Virologist and Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, said today: "The B.1.617.2 variant continues to increase, with 72 cases currently identified in Ireland. Given the size of our unvaccinated population and the apparent transmissibility of this variant, we would encourage people to remain vigilant and to continue to adhere to the public health guidance as the vaccine programme rolls out."

Dr. Siobhán Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and Integrated Care Lead, HSE, said today: "While evidence around Long Covid continues to emerge, we do know that a cohort of the population exposed to COVID-19 are experiencing symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath, and other side effects months after their initial diagnosis. COVID-19 is a novel virus, it is unpredictable and so I would encourage our younger population awaiting vaccination to keep following the public health advice and avoid any risk of Long Covid related illness."

Professor Pete Lunn, Behavioural Research Unit, ESRI, said today: "Our Social Activity Measure has recorded increases in multiple forms of social activity: there are more people going to work, more visits to homes, individuals meeting with more people from outside their household, and higher numbers of close contacts. This is to be expected as restrictions lift.

"However, the data also reveal that these increases are much stronger among people who have been vaccinated. Most people who are not yet vaccinated are continuing to be cautious. Our data are consistent with the majority of people waiting until they are vaccinated before increasing their activity again."

Update 11:20 am EST: 84 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 121,995 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 988,702 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 597 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the third day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported today in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 2,152.

As of May 21, 1,604,801 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,011,836 were first doses and 592,965 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

May 20

Update 1:55 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

  • 469 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 103 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 38 are in ICU

Due to the current disruption of the HSE IT system, the updates to the GeoHive COVID-19 Hub are paused until further notice. 

As of last Tuesday (11 May) there have been 1,922,913 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 1,408,105 people have received their first dose
  • 514,808 people have received their second dose

Update 11:35 am EST: 90 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 121,911 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 985,965 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 598 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the second day in a row, no COVID-related deaths have been reported today in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 2,152.

As of May 20, 1,592,566 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,008,589 were first doses and 583,977 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

From today, the vaccine programme in Northern Ireland will open for those aged 25 to 29.

Health Minister Robin Swann said: “This announcement today will be welcome news for those within the age range and is a further testament to the successful delivery of the vaccination programme in Northern Ireland.  Vaccination is vital in helping us move through this pandemic and there is no doubt that there are people in Northern Ireland alive today because they have been vaccinated.

 “Next week we will see further easing of restrictions with the re-opening of licenced and unlicensed premises indoors, the remainder of tourist accommodation and the further relaxation to the rules over visiting indoors.  This has been made possible because of the success of the vaccination programme and the majority of people acting on the public health advice.  I appeal to everyone who is eligible for the vaccine to book an appointment. I know there are some younger people that think they don’t need the vaccine but we have seen what this virus can do and with variants now in the mix we all need to protect ourselves and those around us.”

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Michael McBride added: “While the risk of severe disease is lower in younger people, some may get very sick.  There is much we still have to learn about this virus and post COVID syndrome or “long COVID”, which can be very debilitating for some. In making the decision to get the vaccine you are protecting not only yourself, but also those that matter to you. Every vaccine really does bring us closer, together.”    

May 19

Update 1:30 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

  • 503 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 101 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 38 are in ICU

As of last Tuesday (11 May), there have been 1,922,913 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 1,408,105 people have received their first dose
  • 514,808 people have received their second dose

From today, all people in the Republic of Ireland aged 49 and older can register for their COVID vaccine.

Today registration for the COVID-19 vaccine begins for all those aged 49 - including if previously in another group (HCW, very high risk or high risk) and haven't received an appointment. Register at https://t.co/WqhJtKy6fN or HSE Live on 1850 24 1850. pic.twitter.com/c17v2xKdHV

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) May 19, 2021

Update 12:15 pm EST: 107 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 121,821 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 983,390 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 614 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

No COVID-related deaths have been reported today in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 2,152.

As of May 19, 1,579,129 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,004,070 were first doses and 575,059 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

May 18

Update 1:20 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

  • 358 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 102 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 39 are in ICU

Due to the current disruption of the HSE IT system, the updates to the GeoHive COVID-19 Hub are paused until further notice. 

As of last Tuesday (11 May) there have been 1,922,913 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 1,408,105 people have received their first dose
  • 514,808 people have received their second dose

Update 11:30 am EST: 104 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 121,714 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 980,681 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 610 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Two COVID-related deaths have been reported today in Northern Ireland bringing the death toll in the region to 2,152. One of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am May 17 - 10 am May 18, while the other occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of May 18, 1,568,045 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,000,928 were first doses and 567,117 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health today confirmed that over one million people in Northern Ireland have now received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose.

It means that almost 70% of the adult population has now received their first dose.

Commenting on the milestone, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann said: “I cannot praise our vaccination programme too highly. It is a massive logistical undertaking and I have seen up close the dedication and the long hours that have been invested in making it work.

“Vaccination saves lives. It is vital to our hopes of a better summer and of continuing progress against the virus. It has been central to the progress we have made.

“I would again urge everyone to get their first and second jabs when their turn comes. I am certainly looking forward to getting my second AstraZeneca jab in the coming weeks.”

Health Minister Robin Swann ‘I cannot praise our vaccination programme enough - it is saving lives’ 👏👏

Over 1️⃣ MILLION people have now received a vaccine dose in Northern Ireland. pic.twitter.com/IcqBpgeSrB

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) May 18, 2021

May 17

Update 1:15 pm EST: Due to ongoing disruptions to Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s (HSE’s) IT system, new COVID figures and data are limited.

  • 360 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • this number of cases may change due to future data validation
  • 110 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 42 are in ICU

As of last Tuesday (11 May) there have been 1,922,913 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,408,105 people have received their first dose
  • 514,808 people have received their second dose

Update 11:40 am EST: 82 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 121,610 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 978,259 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 616 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

One COVID-related death has been reported today in Northern Ireland bringing the death toll in the region to 2,150. The newly reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am May 16 - 10 am May 17.

As of May 17, 1,556,832 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 997,605 were first doses and 559,227 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

May 16

Update 11:40 am EST: The Department has confirmed 802 new cases of the coronavirus over the past two days, 

The HSE said yesterday that daily COVID-19 figures were not available due to the cyberattack on the HSE's IT system on Friday morning. 

Of the 802 new cases, 447 were reported before midnight on Friday, while 355 were reported before midnight on Saturday. 

The Department of Health said that the figures reported today may change due to future data validation. 

There are currently 109 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 42 requiring intensive care. 

Meanwhile, people aged between 40 and 49 will be able to register for their COVID-19 vaccine next week and the HSE expects to begin administering vaccines to that age group by the end of May. 

Earlier on Sunday, the Northern Ireland Department of Health announced 109 new cases and no further COVID-related deaths. 

Northern Ireland's death toll remains at 2,149. 

A total of 1,548,336 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland, with 995,905 people receiving their first dose and 552,431 people receiving both doses.

May 14

Update 11:30 am EST: There have been 425 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 254,870, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 5 confirmed cases. The figure of 254,870 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 202 are men and 223 are women
  • 78% are under 45 years of age
  • 4% are over 65 years of age
    the median age is 29 years old

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 4 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths notified today:

  • 2 occurred in May
  • 1 occurred in February
  • 1 occurred in January

There has been a total of 4,941 COVID-19 related deaths in the Republic of Ireland.

As of Tuesday, May 11, there have been 1,922,913 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,408,105 people have received their first dose
  • 514,808 people have received their second dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, said today: "Many of us have fond memories of our time in school, particularly the traditional celebrations that mark the formal end of in-school learning like graduation ceremonies for sixth-year students. I am aware that this is an important time in the lives of young adults as they take a break from studying for an evening to celebrate with friends.

"Unfortunately, this year, it is not possible for events of this nature to take place. It is very important that all students preparing to sit state exams in June take the necessary precautions now to ensure you do not contract COVID-19, particularly in the last remaining days before the commencement of the Leaving Cert. Do not attend graduation ceremonies or events. Take this time to restrict your social contacts and continue to follow the public health advice."

Dr. Abigail Collins, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, HSE, said today: "Schools have been advised that they should not have end of year graduation ceremonies for sixth year students in whole year groups or facilitate the attendance of parents or other family members either on the school premises or in any other locations.

"It is very important not to carry out any activities that may put sixth year students at risk of exposure to COVID-19. Schools are also asked to strongly encourage students to act responsibly and not to attend any social events or gatherings which greatly increase the risk of spreading COVID-19."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: "The profile of COVID-19 in Ireland is generally stable with grounds for optimism. Disease incidence is stable and we are seeing improvements in some indicators. Hospital and ICU admissions are decreasing slowly, the 7 day moving average is reduced, the 5-day moving average is stable, the national positivity rate has reduced to 2.4% and incidence among all age groups is reducing.

"The data also reveals the positive effects of vaccination, not only incidence in the over 65 age groups below the national average and rapidly declining, but we are seeing a very large descrepancy in the probability of being hospitalised or dying. It is clear that vaccination not only decreases infection but also decreases the severity of any disease that breaks through."

Dr Cillian de Gascun, Medical Virologist and Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, said today: "While it’s important to remain vigilant in emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants, current evidence indicates that the vaccines we have are very effective against all currently circulating variants so we would encourage everyone to get vaccinated when offered the opportunity."

Update 11:20 am EST: 96 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 121,419 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 973,713 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 676 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

No COVID-related deaths were reported today in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 2,149.

As of May 14, 1,530,025 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 992,682 were first doses and 537,343 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

May 13

Update 1:40 pm EST: There have been 456 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 254,450, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 19 confirmed cases. The figure of 254,450 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 233 are men and 223 are women
  • 81% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 27 years old
  • 189 in Dublin, 52 in Cork, 49 in Donegal, 39 in Kildare, 17 in Galway, and the remaining 110 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8 am today, 111 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 36 are in ICU. There have been 11 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 6,159 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on May 12. The 14-day (ending at midnight on May 12) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 129.3. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to May 12 is 435.4. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 0 additional deaths related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 4,937 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. 

As of Tuesday, May 11, there have been 1,922,913 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,408,105 people have received their first dose
  • 514,808 people have received their second dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, said today: “Our key objective remains to follow the public health advice in our daily activities as we continue to chart our way through this pandemic.

“I would encourage people who have been vaccinated, to safely resume your lives, mindful of the guidelines. For those awaiting vaccination, the many choices we make to stick with the public health advice will keep ourselves and our loved ones safe."

Update 11:35 am EST: 99 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 121,323 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 971,415 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 658 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

One COVID-related death was reported in Northern Ireland today bringing the death toll in the region to 2,149. The newly reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am May 12 - 10 am May 13.

As of May 13, 1,515,760 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 989,569 were first doses and 526,191 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

May 12

Update 1:10 pm EST: There have been 448 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 254,013, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 254,013 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 213 are men and 230 are women
  • 78% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 29 years old
  • 229 in Dublin, 38 in Meath, 35 in Kildare, 34 in Cork, 16 in Limerick, and the remaining 96 cases are spread across 16 other counties

As of 8 am today, 109 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 34 are in ICU. There have been 12 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 6,175 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on May 11. The 14-day (ending at midnight on May 11) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 129.7. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to May 11 is 425.6. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 8 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths notified today:

  • 3 occurred in March
  • 2 occurred in February
  • 3 occurred in January or earlier

The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 40 – 92 years. There has been a total of 4,937 COVID-19 related deaths in the Republic of Ireland.

As of Monday, May 10, there have been 1,882,635 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,376,583 people have received their first dose
  • 506,052 people have received their second dose

Update 11:20 am EST: 113 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 121,224 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 968,619 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 644 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

No COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today. The death toll in the region remains at 2,148.

As of May 12, 1,501,023 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 986,008 were first doses and 515,015 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Speaking on International Nurses’ Day, Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann has thanked Northern Ireland’s nursing workforce: “During this pandemic we have seen, and the world has seen the fundamental role that nurses play in our health service. As Health Minister, I have been inspired by the profession’s response to both COVID and non-COVID services.

“Despite facing many challenges, nurses across all settings continued to deliver expert care to their patients. I have not only seen this for myself, but have also heard from others time and time again of instances where nurses have gone above and beyond. On behalf of everyone in Northern Ireland, I want to thank nurses and nursing assistants for all that you do every day.”

Minister Swann continued: “Last week I had the privilege of joining a video call with nurses from across Northern Ireland. Again I was humbled by the calibre of nurses we have working in our health service. They shared with me some of the challenges they faced over the last year but also how rewarding they have found their chosen career and how the success of our vaccination programme has instilled a strong sense of hope for the future.

“Of course nurses are at the very heart of our vaccination programme. On 8 December 2020, Joanna Sloan, a Sister in the Royal Victoria Hospital became the first person in Northern Ireland to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and nurses have remained instrumental to the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination programme ever since.”

May 11

Update 1:35 pm EST: There have been 379 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 253,567, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 253,567 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 190 are men and 185 are women
  • 77% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 29 years old
  • 171 in Dublin, 28 in Kildare, 27 in Donegal, 24 in Limerick, 22 in Cork, and the remaining 107 cases are spread across 18 other counties

As of 8 am today, 117 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 34 are in ICU. There have been 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 6,099 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on May 10. The 14-day (ending at midnight on May 10) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 128.1. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020, when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to May 10 is 422. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 9 additional deaths related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 4,929 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 4,929 confirmed deaths reflects this.)

As of Sunday, May 9, there have been 1,848,747 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 1,347,561 people have received their first dose
  • 501,186 people have received their second dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health said today: "This week is a hopeful week and one that we have all been looking forward to. We have gotten to this point by working together in following the public health advice and reducing incidence of disease in our communities.

"We need to continue to focus on the measures that we know can protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19 - we can plan to meet friends and family where it is safe to do so and those who have been vaccinated can have confidence in their vaccine. They are now able to get out and about and enjoy the benefits of the vaccine.

"The two primary targets as we try to exit the pandemic are vaccination and low transmission. If we can keep cases low and continue to vaccinate as many people as possible, we will find ourselves in a very different risk environment where we can see further easing of measures. Our task now is to keep the disease under control by following the basic measures and taking up our vaccine when it is offered to us."

Update 11:05 am EST: 89 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 121,111 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 966,537 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 638 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There has been one COVID-related death reported today in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,148. The newly reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am May 10 - 10 am May 11.

As of May 11, 1,485,125 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 982,038 were first doses and 503,087 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health today welcomed the news that more than half a million second vaccine doses have been administered in the region.

Health Minister Robin Swann said: “It is hugely encouraging to see so many people already benefitting from the longer and stronger protection provided by second doses.

“It is vital that people keep coming forward for their first and second doses when their turn comes.”

The Minister added: “We all owe a great debt of gratitude to everyone involved in the vaccination programme.

“The availability of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines has played a huge role in our battle against COVID-19.

“While we must never be complacent about the virus, we can also celebrate the progress we are making.”

May 10

Update 1:10 pm EST: There have been 381 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 253,189, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 253,189 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 192 are men and 188 are women
  • 77% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 31 years old
  • 188 in Dublin, 39 in Donegal, 30 in Kildare, 13 in Limerick, 13 in Cork, 13 in Tipperary, 13 in Westmeath and the remaining 72 cases are spread across 15 other counties

As of 8 am today, 124 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. There have been 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 6,144 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on May 9. The 14-day (ending at midnight on May 9) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 129. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to May 9 is 425.4. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of no additional deaths related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 4,921 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of Saturday, May 8, there have been 1,827,610 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,327,821 people have received their first dose
  • 499,789 people have received their second dose

New public health guidance comes into effect from today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • Travel: You can travel between counties in Ireland
  • Visitors to your garden: Maximum of 3 households or 6 people from any number of households
  • Outdoor gatherings: Maximum 15 people
  • Outdoor training: Maximum 15 people
  • Retail: Click and collect, in-store by appointment only, and outdoor retail can recommence
  • Personal services (hairdressers, barbers, beauticians): Can reopen for customers with appointments only
  • Galleries, museums, libraries, and other cultural attractions: Can reopen
  • Funerals: Maximum 50 mourners at service. No other events to take place
  • Weddings: Maximum 50 guests at service. Maximum 6 guests at indoor reception or 15 outdoors
  • Public transport: Public transport will run at 50 percent capacity
  • Property viewings: By appointment only with licensed Property Service Providers
  • Stationary mobile homes and caravans: You can travel between counties in Ireland to your stationary mobile home or caravan if you are the owner of the mobile home or caravan
  • Vaccine bonus: If you are vaccinated - you can visit other households indoors

Update 11:20 am EST: 76 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 121,022 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 964,502 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 639 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported today in Northern Ireland. The death toll in the region remains at 2,147.

As of May 10, 1,470,135 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 976,582 were first doses and 493,553 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

A new public information campaign to further boost the vaccination drive has been unveiled today in Northern Ireland. It aims to maintain strong take-up rates in the weeks ahead, helping the vaccination programme to achieve its goal of protecting adults of all ages from the virus.

It has been timed to hit the airwaves as the vaccination programme starts reaching younger age groups - the uptake statistics show that almost 50% of the 30-39-year-olds have already taken up the opportunity to be vaccinated.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health also announced today: “Following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in the light of the most recent data, the UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director agree that the UK alert level should move from level 4 to level 3.” 

You can view the current restrictions in Northern Ireland here.

May 9 

Update 1:10 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 514 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 252,809. 

The Department also announced two further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,921. 

There are currently 116 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 31 requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases announced today, 75% are under the age of 45, while the median age is 28 years old. 

As of May 7, 1,799,190 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 1,305,178 people receiving their first dose and 494,012 people receiving both doses. 

A total of 52,000 doses of the vaccine were administered on Friday - an Irish record - and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said that the country was on course to administer 230,000 doses this week. 

Donnelly told RTÉ's "This Week" that up to 450,000 doses of the vaccine will be administered on a weekly basis in June. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health reported 98 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 120,946. 

The Department announced no further COVID deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll remained at 2,147. 

A total of 1,460,425 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland. 

There have now been 373,755 cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic in addition to 7,068 deaths. 

May 8

Update 12:10 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 408 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 252,303. 

The Department also announced one further COVID-19-related death as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,919. 

There are currently 110 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 33 patients requiring intensive care. 

Irish COVID hospitalizations have dropped to their lowest rate since September and HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said that current hospital figures were "encouraging".

"We now have a proven and winning combination, the vaccination programme and public support for public health measures," Reid said on Twitter. 

Of the cases announced today, 205 were men, 202 were women, and 77% were under the age of 45.

As of May 6, 1,746,912 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 1,267,167 people receiving their first dose and 479,745 people receiving both doses. 

Ireland's five-day moving average currently stands at 406, down slightly from 411 this time last month. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health confirmed 81 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 120,848. 

The Department confirmed no additional COVID-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll remained at 2,147. 

There have now been 373,151 cases of the virus since the outbreak of the pandemic in addition to 7,066 deaths. 

May 7

Update 12:00 pm EST: There have been 434 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 251,904, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 251,904 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 221 are men and 212 are women
  • 80% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 31 years old
  • 197 in Dublin, 44 in Cork, 34 in Kildare, 20 in Limerick, 20 in Meath and the remaining 119 cases are spread across 16 other counties

As of 8 am today, 126 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 34 are in ICU. There have been 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 6178 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on May 6. The 14-day (ending at midnight on May 6) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 129.7. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to May 6 is 416. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 4 additional deaths related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 4,918 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of Wednesday, May 5, there have been 1,700,538 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,233,067 people have received their first dose
  • 467,471 people have received their second dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health said today: "Next week we will see many more businesses open which means employees and customers will return to work and our economy will begin to restart in earnest. This is a very positive sign and a testament to the hard work of the vast majority in suppressing incidence of disease in our communities.

"It is extremely important that business owners, employees, and customers take great care and review safety protocols and practices and ensure to consider all the actions we can all take as individuals to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

"Only return to the workplace if it is necessary to do so. Continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing, good hand hygiene, and cough etiquette. If you feel unsafe in a crowded environment feel empowered to turn around and go home.

"If you are a business owner or an employer, remember that you have a duty of care to those that work for you. Reopening responsibly will help to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading amongst your staff in the workplace and ensure we all have the opportunity to enjoy the new social and economic activities available to us from May 10."

Dr. Ray Walley, General Practitioner, said today: "General practices are extremely busy at the moment dealing with COVID and non-COVID care as well as continuing to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

"GPs continue to administer COVID-19 vaccines as per the National Vaccination Programme, this means that those aged 70 and over and those that are clinically vulnerable between the ages of 50 – 59 are eligible to receive a vaccine from their GP.

"I would encourage anyone who has been called to register for their vaccine to do so on the HSE portal."

Update 10:50 am EST: 65 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 120,767 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 959,368 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 599 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There has been one COVID-related death reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,147. The newly reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am May 6 - 10 am May 7.

As of May 7, 1,436,817 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 963,315 were first doses and 473,502 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has today announced updates to its vaccination programme. From Monday, May 10:

  • People aged 40 plus can book Astra Zeneca first dose appointments at the SSE Arena vaccination centre and community pharmacies.
  • People aged 30-39 can book their Pfizer first dose appointments at the other regional Trust vaccination centres across NI.
  • People aged 30-39 can choose to make an informed decision to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine from participating community pharmacies if that is what they prefer or if they decide they would rather not wait to receive an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • Anyone aged under 40 already booked for their first vaccine at one of the Trust centres, including the SSE Arena, will have this appointment honoured – with the Pfizer vaccine.
  • Anyone of any age who has received an Astra Zeneca first dose should proceed with their second dose of Astra Zeneca. That’s unless they had an extreme adverse reaction to the first dose.

May 6

Update 2:15 pm EST: There have been 393 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 251,474, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 6 confirmed cases. The figure of 251,474 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 175 are men and 211 are women
  • 79% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 28 years old
  • 173 in Dublin, 42 in Cork, 34 in Kildare, 26 in Donegal, 15 in Meath and the remaining 103 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8 am today, 131 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 36 are in ICU. There have been 16 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 6,178 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on May 5. The 14-day (ending at midnight on May 5) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 129.7. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to May 5 is 410. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 8 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths notified today:

  • 3 occurred in May
  • 2 occurred in March
  • 3 occurred in February or earlier

The median age of those who died was 79 years and the age range was 55 – 97 years. There has been a total of 4,921 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 4,921 confirmed deaths reflects this.)

As of Tuesday, May 4, there have been 1,655,866 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,201,373 people have received their first dose
  • 454,493 people have received their second dose

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "We all want the easing of restrictions next week to be a significant turning point in this pandemic. We have worked so hard to reduce the spread of this disease. More than 30% of adults have now been vaccinated with one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Ireland and it is time to feel hopeful and to start planning our summer.

"The choices we make now are vital to minimise the incidence of COVID-19 throughout May and June. Prioritise being outside and avoid crowds. Know the symptoms - self-isolate immediately and phone your GP if you have them. By protecting yourself, you are protecting everyone you know from infection."

Update 12:15 pm EST: 102 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 120,702 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 957,292 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 626 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the fourth day in a row, there have been no COVID-related deaths reported today in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 2,146.

As of May 6, 1,416,826 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 957,063 were first doses and 459,763 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health also reported today it has been notified by the Public Health Agency of seven confirmed cases of the VUI B.1.617.2 (India) Coronavirus variant in Northern Ireland for the first time.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael McBride said: “This news is not entirely unexpected and plans are in place for such an eventuality.

“While preventative measures – including travel restrictions – are very important, the assessment is that these will delay rather than permanently prevent the spread of variants already detected elsewhere on these islands.

“Confirmation of these cases does not mean this variant is going to become the most prevalent or the dominant strain in Northern Ireland.

“It does, however, highlight why caution is still essential in relation to COVID-19.

“The most effective way to stop variants developing or spreading is to keep pushing down infection rates and transmission of the virus in our community.

“All variants spread in the same way. We protect ourselves and others by following public health advice and getting vaccinated when our turn comes.

“Social distancing and limiting the number of contacts we have are still vitally important. So too are wearing a face covering and washing hands well and often. Also, please always remember the particular risks from indoor settings, especially those that are crowded and have poor ventilation.”

May 5

Update 1:05 pm EST:  There have been 418 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 251,087, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 251,087 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 199 are men and 214 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 30 years old
  • 167 in Dublin, 39 in Cork, 32 in Donegal, 29 in Kildare, 22 in Meath and the remaining 129 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8 am today, 137 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 37 are in ICU. There have been 18 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 6,401 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on May 4. The 14-day (ending at midnight on May 4) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 134.4. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to May 4 is 445.2. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths notified today:

  • 5 occurred in April
  • 1 occurred in February
  • 1 occurred in January

The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 67-92 years. There has been a total of 4,915 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of Monday, May 3, there have been 1,621,870 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 1,174,292 people have received their first dose
  • 447,578 people have received their second dose

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "As we look forward to the greater reopening of activities and services, our key objective now is to maintain our course in coming weeks and follow the public health advice in our daily activities.

"When you are planning to meet someone, remember that outdoors is safer for everybody. And when you meet up, stay at a 2m distance, keep to a small group and avoid crowded areas – this will minimise the risk of passing the virus from person to person, driving down the incidence rate and keeping our society open.

"Throughout this pandemic we have seen outbreaks and clusters of disease as a result of social events such as funerals, wakes and birthday parties. Unfortunately we need to continue to stay vigilant to the infectious nature of this disease and avoid congregating together in large groups. We need all sectors of society to continue to encourage and support the public health messages and to help everyone to stay safe."

Update 11:00 am EST: 99 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 120,600 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 955,177 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 624 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the third day in a row, there have been no new COVID-related deaths reported today in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 2,146.

As of May 5, 1,397,087 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 950,778 were first doses and 446,309 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

May 4

Update 1:05 pm EST: There have been 383 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 250,672, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 250,672 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 194 are men and 189 are women
  • 79% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 28 years old
  • 129 in Dublin, 40 in Kildare, 32 in Meath, 25 in Donegal, 25 in Louth and the remaining 132 cases are spread across 21 other counties

As of 8 am today, 144 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 41 are in ICU. There have been 10 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 6,385 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on May 3. The 14-day (ending at midnight on May 3) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 134.1. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to May 3 is 470.2. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 2 additional deaths related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 4,908 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of Sunday, May 2, there have been 1,604,644 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,159,083 people have received their first dose
  • 445,561 people have received their second dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, the Department of Health said today:"As we move closer to the easing of restrictions on 10 May, we can look forward to opportunities to enjoy the better weather and to meeting with our family and close friends safely and with the public health measures in mind.

"The virus is still circulating in the community and is still a risk, particularly to those who have yet to be vaccinated. Collectively we know how to interrupt the spread of this disease, so when you are making plans for coming week, don’t underestimate the need to keep your distance, meet outdoors where possible and wash your hands. And if it’s crowded, turn around and come back another time. Together these simple measures will minimise the risk of infection"

Update 11:05 am EST: 83 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 120,501 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 952,704 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 632 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

For the second day in a row, there have been no new COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 2,146.

As of May 4, 1,381,581 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 944,694 were first doses and 436,887 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

May 3

Update 12:15 pm EST: There have been 453 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 250,290, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 250,290 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 203 are men and 250 are women
  • 78% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 25 years old

As of 8 am today, 129 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 40 are in ICU. 5 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of no additional deaths related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 4,906 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of last Saturday (1 May), there have been 1,591,888 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,146,562 people have received their first dose
  • 445,326 people have received their second dose

Update 12:05 pm EST: Northern Ireland's COVID-19 dashboard will not be fully updated until tomorrow, May 4.

64 new cases and no deaths have been reported in the region in the past 24 hours.

As of May 3, 1,374,895 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 943,022 were first doses and 431,873 were second doses. 

NI #COVID19 data:

📊64 positive cases and no deaths have been reported in past 24 hours.

The COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated on Tuesday 4 May 2021. pic.twitter.com/jzO1PPFVu8

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) May 3, 2021

May 2

Update 11:45 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 402 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 249,838.

The Department also announced one further COVID-19-related death as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,906. 

There are currently 127 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 41 requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases announced today, 79% were under the age of 45, while the median age was 31.5. 

As of April 30, 1,572,779 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland with 1,130,958 people receiving their first dose and 441,821 people receiving both doses. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 69 cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 120,354. 

The Department also announced one further COVID-19-related death as Northern Ireland's death toll climbed to 2,146. 

No further statistics were released due to the May Bank Holiday weekend. 

There have now been 370,192 cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic in addition to 7,052 deaths. 

May 1

Update 12 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 569 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 249,437. 

The Department also announced three further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,906. 

There are currently 123 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 41 requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases announced today, 78% are under the age of 45, while the median age was 26-yeas-old. 

As of Thursday, April 29. 1,527,844 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland with 1,097,742 people receiving their first dose and 430,102 people receiving their second dose. 

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said that next week is set to be Ireland's "best week ever" in terms of COVID-19 vaccinations with between 220,000 and 240,000 doses of the vaccine expected to be administered in vaccination centers around the country. 

The HSE also plans to administer 26,000 of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week - the first time that the vaccine will be administered in Ireland. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 90 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 120,285. 

The Department announced no further COVID-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll remained at 2,145. 

No further figures were released on account of the May Bank Holiday weekend. 

There have now been 369,722 cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic in addition to 7,051 deaths.

April 30

Update 9:45 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 545 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 248,870. 

The Department also announced four further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,903. 

There are currently 139 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 44 people requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases announced today, 77% are under the age of 45, while 264 cases were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 58 cases were reported in Kildare, 50 in Cork, 29 in Donegal, 28 in Galway, and the remaining 116 cases were spread across 21 other counties.

As of April 28, 1,487,043 doses of the coronavirus have been administered in Ireland, with 1,067,378 people receiving their first dose and 419,665 receiving both doses. 

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan welcomed the easing of certain coronavirus restrictions but urged continued caution in the fight against the virus. 

"The easing of restrictions is a welcome and deserved turning point in our collective efforts to get through this pandemic," Holohan said on Friday. 

"However, incidence around the country varies. Some areas are in a more precarious position than others.

"For example, while the national incidence rate is 125 per 100,000, Donegal currently stands at 295 per 100,000. This is extremely concerning for public health doctors locally." 

Holohan called on local leaders to encourage people to continue to follow public health advice, especially if they are vulnerable or unvaccinated. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 108 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 120,195. 

The Department also announced one further COVID-19-related death as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 2,145. 

A total of 653 people have tested positive for the virus in Northern Ireland over the past seven days, down from 739 last week. 

There are currently 60 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with eight in intensive care, while there are active outbreaks of the virus in four Northern Irish care homes. 

A total of 1,341,681 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date. 

There have now been 369,065 cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic in addition to 7,048 deaths. 

April 29 - 7,043 deaths, 368,413 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:50 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 7,043 COVID-related deaths and 368,413 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 2,765,325 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 149.90 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 3.15 million COVID-related deaths and more than 87.08 million recoveries. 

Update 2:20 pm EST: The Irish government has published its gradual reopening plans for May and June. You can learn more here.

Update 1:11 pm EST: There have been 474 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 248,326, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 239 are men / 232 are women
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • 167 in Dublin, 39 in Kildare, 37 in Cork, 36 in Donegal, 29 in Meath and the remaining 166 cases are spread across all other counties

As of 8 am today, 155 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 44 are in ICU. 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 5,935 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 28. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 28) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 124.6. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 28 is 426. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3 additional deaths related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 4,899 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of April 27, there have been 1,452,434 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,041,284 people have received their first dose
  • 411,150 people have received their second dose

Update 1:04 pm EST: Taoiseach Micheal Martin is now announcing further reopening plans for the Republic of Ireland:

Taoiseach Micheál Martin announces plan to reopen society in May and June | 📲 Follow live updates: https://t.co/jU752Hdys5 https://t.co/3KfrwSNX70

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) April 29, 2021

Update 11:00 am EST: 95 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 120,087 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 944,168 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 625 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no new COVID-related deaths reported today in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 2,144.

As of April 28, 1,312,891 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 935,589 were first doses and 377,302 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

April 28 - 7,040 deaths, 367,849 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:30 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 7,040 COVID-related deaths and 367,849 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 2,713,067 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 148.89 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 3.13 million COVID-related deaths and more than 86.39 million recoveries. 

Update 1:15 pm EST: Update 1:40 pm EST: There have been 371 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 247,857, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 247,857 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 190 are men and 181 are women
  • 77% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 28 years old
  • 131 in Dublin, 38 in Kildare, 33 in Donegal, 18 in Cork, 17 in Meath and the remaining 134 cases are spread across 17 other counties

As of 8 am today, 153 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 45 are in ICU. There have been 17 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 5,770 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 27. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 27) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 121.2. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 27 is 424. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 13 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today:

  • 3 occurred in April
  • 3 occurred in March
  • 7 occurred in February or earlier

The median age of those who died was 85 years and the age range was 60 - 95 years. There has been a total of 4,896 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 4,896 confirmed cases reflects this.)

As of April 26, there have been 1,417,942 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 1,014,640 people have received their first dose
  • 403,302 people have received their second dose

Update 12:15 pm EST: 98 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 119,992 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 941,797 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 643 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There has been one more COVID-related death reported in Northern Ireland today bringing the death toll in the region to 2,144. The newly reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am April 27 - 10 am April 28.

As of April 28, 1,295,125 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 927,656 were first doses and 367,469 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann today announced a further expansion to the current asymptomatic testing programme for workforces.

Minister Swann said: “Since the launch of the Northern Ireland asymptomatic testing programme there has been a great deal of interest from employers with 321 expressions of interest made.  These have come from organisations and companies in the public, private and third sectors. 

“This is a significant move in the testing programme as up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic. My Department is focusing on rapidly identifying these people to isolate and reduce transmission of the virus. This will be essential as Northern Ireland moves out of lockdown.

“The further extension will enable even more organisations to take advantage of this important weapon in the fight against Covid-19."

April 27 - 7,027 deaths, 367,383 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:50 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 7,027 COVID-related deaths and 367,383 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 2,673,756 COVID vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 148.06 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 3.12 million COVID-related deaths and more than 85.72 million recoveries. 

Update 1:45 pm EST: There have been 426 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 247,489, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 6 confirmed cases. The figure of 247,489 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 203 are men and 221 are women
  • 74% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 29 years old
  • 156 in Dublin, 39 in Donegal, 28 in Kildare, 28 in Meath, 25 in Limerick and the remaining 150 cases are spread across 18 other counties

As of 8 am today, 153 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 47 are in ICU. There have been 10 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 5,831 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 26. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 26) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 122.5. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 26 is 437. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 10 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today:

  • 4 occurred in April
  • 5 occurred in March
  • 1 occurred in February

The median age of those who died was 84 years and the age range was 77 - 97 years. There has been a total of 4,884 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of April 25, there have been 1,398,061 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 998,134 people have received their first dose
  • 399,927 people have received their second dose

Update 11:15 am EST: 109 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 119,894 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 939,444 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 670 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today. The death toll in the region remains at 2,143.

As of April 27, 1,275,695 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 919,292 were first doses and 356,403 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

April 26 - 7,017 deaths, 366,854 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:20 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 7,017 COVID-related deaths and 366,854 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 2,645,231 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 147.32 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 3.11 million COVID-related deaths and more than 85.02 million recoveries. 

Update 1:10 pm EST: There have been 437 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 247,069, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 247,069 confirmed cases reflects this.)

The 7-day incidence rate is 66.5 and the 5-day moving average is 475.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 220 are men and 216 are women
  • 76% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 29 years old
  • 169 in Dublin, 62 in Donegal, 40 in Kildare, 29 in Meath, 21 in Galway and the remaining 116 cases are spread across 17 other counties

As of 8 am today, 184 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 46 are in ICU. There have been 19 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1 additional death related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 4,874 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of April 24, there have been 1,385,753 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 987,681 people have received their first dose
  • 398,072 people have received their second dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, the Department of Health said today: "As a country, we have now given a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 25% of eligible adults.

"In order to protect the vital work of the vaccination programme in offering us all protection from COVID-19, it is important we continue to remain vigilant and careful. Right now, we need to protect the progress we have made together.

"While we should remain cautious, we can also be cautiously optimistic. Our vaccination programme, alongside the continued commendable adherence of the vast majority of people in Ireland to the public health advice, are the key to exiting this pandemic in the coming months. However, doing things like mixing indoors when disease is still circulating at a high level puts our progress at risk. Please continue to act in the best interests of one another and be safe when socialising."

Update 10:35 am EST: The Republic of Ireland has today rolled back some more COVID restrictions. You can read more here.

Update 10:30 am EST: 73 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 119,785 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 937,189 individuals have been tested for COVID-19 in Northern Ireland. 695 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There has been one COVID-related death reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,143. The newly reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am April 25 - 10 am April 26.

As of April 26, 1,259,478 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 912,444 were first doses and 347,034 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health announced that its vaccination programme is now fully open to all people between 35 and 39 years old.

Minister for Health Robin Swann said on Sunday: “I can announce formally that from tomorrow we will fully open up the vaccination programme in Northern Ireland for all those aged over 35. I know this will be welcome news for those in this age group and I would urge people to book a vaccination appointment as soon as possible.

“This week we will see further easing of restrictions with the re-opening of non-essential retail, gyms, leisure facilities and some tourist accommodation. These easements have only been possible because of the success of the vaccination programme, coupled with the actions of the general public. Therefore I would appeal to everyone who is eligible for vaccination to get an appointment booked.

"I know there are some younger people that think they don’t need the vaccine but we have seen what this virus can do. So please protect yourself and get the vaccine.

“Vaccination is absolutely vital in helping us move through this pandemic. There is no doubt that there are people in Northern Ireland alive today because they have been vaccinated.”

April 25

Update 11:15 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 429 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 246,633. 

The Department also announced one further COVID-19-related death as Ireland's death toll climbed to 4,873. 

There are currently 174 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 45 patients requiring intensive care. 

As of April 23, 1,359,921 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 966,611 people receiving their first dose and 393,310 receiving both doses. 

Around 25.7% of Ireland's eligible adult population have now received the first dose of the vaccine, while 10.4% of people are fully vaccinated. 

People aged 62 can register for their first dose today, while those aged 61 will be able to register tomorrow. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 73 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in the region to 119,712. 

The Department announced no further COVID-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll remained at 2,142. 

There are currently 60 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with five requiring intensive care and three on ventilators, while four nursing homes are dealing with active outbreaks of the virus. 

There have now been 366,345 cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic in addition to 7,015 deaths.

April 24

Update 11:20 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 461 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 246,204.

The Department also announced five further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,872. 

There are currently 162 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals, with 46 requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases announced today, 75% were under the age of 45.

As of April 22, 1,317,165 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 934,980 people receiving their first dose and 382,185 receiving their second dose. 

Those aged 63 can register for their vaccine from today, while people aged 62 will be eligible to register tomorrow, followed by those aged 61 on Monday, and 60-year-olds on Tuesday. 

The HSE hopes to begin administering vaccines to the 60-64 cohort "within the next two weeks". 

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that Friday saw the "biggest day yet" in Ireland's vaccine rollout, with 41,500 doses administered throughout the day. 

A total of 25% of eligible Irish adults have now received their first dose. 

Biggest day yet in the #CovidVaccine rollout yesterday with 41,500 doses given out.

25% of eligible adults now have their first dose - 948,000.

And 10% are now fully vaccinated with two doses - 381,000.

The vaccines, vaccinators, and volunteers are making a real difference

— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) April 24, 2021

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 80 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 119,639. 

The Department also announced one additional COVID-related death as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 2,142. 

A total of 715 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Northern Ireland in the past seven days, down 791 on last week. 

Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 97% with six COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care and three on a ventilator. There are active outbreaks of the virus in four Northern Irish care homes. 

There have now been 365,843 cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic in addition to 7,014 COVID deaths.

April 23 - 7,008 deaths, 365,302 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:30 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 7,008 COVID-related deaths and 365,302 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 2,496,981 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 144.94 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 3.07 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 83.33 million recoveries. 

Update 1:15 pm EST: There have been 434 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 245,743, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 245,743 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 228 are men and 204 are women
  • 74% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 31 years old
  • 217 in Dublin, 30 in Kildare, 30 in Cork, 27 in Limerick, 21 in Donegal and the remaining 109 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8 am today, 166 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 48 are in ICU. There have been 17 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 5,589 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 22. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 22) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 117.4. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 22 is 448. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1 additional death related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 4,867 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of April 21, there have been 1,275,828 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 904,774 people have received their first dose
  • 371,054 people have received their second dose

Update 12:00 pm EST: Northern Ireland has today relaxed some of its COVID restrictions, with more to follow next week. You can read more here.

Update 10:10 am EST: 88individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 119,559 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 937,716 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 736 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There has been one COVID-related death reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,141. The newly reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am April 22 - 10 am April 23.

As of April 23, 1,221,153 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 892,787 were first doses and 328,366 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

April 22 -  7,006 deaths, 364,781 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:10 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 7,006 COVID-related deaths and 364,781 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 2,436,628 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 144.10 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 3.06 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 82.66 million recoveries. 

Update 12:50 pm EST:  There have been 617 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 245,310, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 299 are men / 318 are women
  • 70% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 33 years old
  • 236 in Dublin, 84 in Donegal, 37 in Kildare, 34 in Tipperary, 30 in Offaly and the remaining 196 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8 am today, 176 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 48 are in ICU. 19 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 5,623 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 21. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 21) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 118.1. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 21 is 415. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 10 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 7 deaths occurred in April, 1 in March, 1 in February and 1 in January. The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 62 - 104 years. There has been a total of 4,866 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of April 20, there have been 1,240,965 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 878,823 people have received their first dose
  • 362,143 people have received their second dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “We are in a strong position in that transmission levels have reduced substantially and the roll-out of vaccination is protecting more and more of those at risk from the severe effects of COVID-19.

“If we can maintain our current position there is hope that we can look forward to a real easing of measures, but it is as important as ever that we don’t put that progress at risk by letting our collective guard down too much, or too early.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: “The R number is estimated as being very close to 1.0. We continue to keep close contacts at 2.6 – a phenomenal testament to the public in keeping social transmission low.

"All indicators of the disease are stable or declining slowly, though we may see an increase in cases over the coming days. Maintaining this over the coming weeks is key to managing community transmission, and a move towards easing of measures.”

Professor Martin Cormican, Clinical Lead for Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, HSE & Professor of Bacteriology at NUI Galway, said today: “The benefits of vaccination in Nursing Homes and long-term residential care facilities are now very clear with a dramatic drop in the number of residents and staff developing severe disease.

“New visitation guidance agreed by NPHET today represents another step to support residents in long term residential care facilities in maintaining meaningful relationships with their family and friends. From the 4th May, nursing home residents - in which most residents are fully vaccinated - can expect 4 visits with 2 people per week.”

Update 11:25 am EST: 120 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 119,471 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 929,425 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 763 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been three COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,140. All three of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am April 21 - 10 am April 22.

As of April 22, 1,195,663 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 883,813 were first doses and 311,850 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

April 21 - 6,993 deaths, 364,046 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:15 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,993 COVID-related deaths and 364,046 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 2,394,334 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 143.15 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 3.04 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 82.07 million recoveries. 

Update 1:05 pm EST: There have been 401 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 244,695, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 244,695 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 217 are men and 181 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 31 years old
  • 182 in Dublin, 40 in Kildare, 31 in Donegal, 23 in Limerick, 22 in Cork and the remaining 103 cases are spread across 17 other counties

As of 8 am today, 182 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 47 are in ICU. There have been 19 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 5,402 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 20. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 20) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 113.4. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 20 is 376. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 15 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths notified today:

  • 2 occurred in April
  • 3 occurred in March
  • 6 occurred in February
  • 4 occurred in January or earlier

The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 56-90 years. There has been a total of 4,856 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 6 previous deaths. The figure of 4,856 confirmed deaths reflects this.)

As of April 18, there have been 1,219,487 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 863,958 people have received their first dose
  • 355,529 people have received their second dose

Update 11:20 am EST: 116 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 119,351 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 926,227 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 808 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There has been one COVID-related death reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,137. The newly reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am April 20 - 10 am April 21.

As of April 21, 1,174,847 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 876,290 were first doses and 298,557 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has today published its updated COVID-19 Response Strategy, which can be read here. The updated Strategy gives a detailed overview of activity undertaken across the Department and the wider Health and Social Care system.

Also today, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann said people across the region “must not ease up against” the virus as restrictions begin to ease.

Minister Swann said in part: “There is an inevitable potential for a further spike in COVID-19 cases in coming months, as opportunities for mixing increase. We must be prepared for that.

“Our ability to suppress the virus and withstand any potential surge depends on us adhering to public health guidance and getting the vaccine.”

April 20 - 6,983 deaths, 363,532 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:40 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,983 COVID-related deaths and 363,532 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 2,361,279 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 142.29 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 3.03 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 81.48 million recoveries. 

Update 1:25 pm EST:  Following a Cabinet meeting today, the Irish government has confirmed that from Monday, April 26, the following changes to restrictions will come into place:

  • Outdoor sports facilities can reopen (e.g. pitches, golf courses and tennis courts, other facilities as appropriate). Activities should take place between a maximum of two households.
  • Facilities including clubhouses and any indoor facilities (e.g. changing rooms, showers, kitchens, meeting rooms), apart from essential toilet facilities must remain closed. There should not be any return to team sports or training activities.
  • Underage non-contact outdoor training in pods of 15 or fewer can resume.
  • Outdoor visitor attractions can reopen (i.e. zoos, open pet farms, heritage sites but not amusement parks) - indoor areas should remain closed and hospitality should only be open for take-away services. Robust protective measures, including appropriate capacity limits, should be in place.
  • Maximum attendance at funerals will increase to 25 on compassionate grounds. Linked gatherings should not take place before or after funeral services.

The Irish government also confirmed that as of April 18, over 852,000 citizens, representing 21.8% of those aged 16 and over, have now received their first dose of the vaccine.

You can learn more about the current restrictions in the Republic of Ireland here.

Update 1:20 pm EST: There have been 390 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 244,297, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 244,297 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 215 are men and 174 are women
  • 67% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 34 years old
  • 172 in Dublin, 42 in Kildare, 21 in Meath, 20 in Tipperary, 18 in Donegal and the remaining 117 cases are spread across 19 other counties

As of 8 am today, 179 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 48 are in ICU. There have been 18 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 5,422 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 19. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 19) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 113.9. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 19 is 380. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre  has today been notified of 11 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths notified today:

  • 4 occurred in April
  • 2 occurred in March
  • 4 occurred in February
  • 1 occurred in January

The median age of those who died was 83 years and the age range was 50-93 years. There has been a total of 4,847 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of April 18, there have been 1,208,459 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 855,512 people have received their first dose
  • 352,947 people have received their second dose

Update 11:15 am EST: 124 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 119,235 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 923,988 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 790 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There has been one COVID-related death reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,136. The newly reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am April 19 - 10 am April 20.

As of April 20, 1,152,820 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 869,342 were first doses and 283,478 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

April 19 - 6,971 deaths, 363,022 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:10 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,971 COVID-related deaths and 363,022 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 2,341,394 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 141.66 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 3.02 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 81.00 million recoveries. 

Update 12:55 pm EST: There have been 403 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 243,911, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 208 are men and 192 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 31 years old
  • 174 in Dublin, 34 in Meath, 20 in Kildare, 18 in Mayo, 16 in Cork and the remaining 141 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8 am today, 183 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 50 are in ICU. There have been 7 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 5,478 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 18. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 18) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 115.0. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 18 is 364. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of no additional deaths related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 4,836 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of April 17, there have been 1,204,063 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 852,189 people have received their first dose
  • 351,874 people have received their second dose

Update 11:15 pm EST: 79 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 119,111 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 921,454 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 776 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today for the second day in a row; the death toll in the region remains at 2,135.

As of April 19, 1,137,331 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 863,712 were first doses and 273,619 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health today announced that the vaccine programme in Northern Ireland has some limited availability for those aged 35 to 39 to book a Covid-19 vaccine.

April 18

Update 1:00 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 269 new cases of the coronavirus, the first time that daily cases have fallen below 300 since December 14. 

The total number of infections in Ireland now stands at 243,507.

The Department also announced one further COVID-19-related death as Ireland's death toll climbed to 4,836. 

There are currently 181 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals - the lowest level of hospitalizations since October - while 47 patients require intensive care. 

As of April 16, 1,188,354 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 838,644 receiving their first dose and 349,710 receiving both doses. 

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn said that vaccinations will play an increasing role in suppressing the virus if Ireland can keep the incidence rate "relatively low". 

"We have already seen the fantastic impact of vaccination amongst our healthcare workers and in our nursing homes.

"The declining incidence across all age groups in recent weeks cannot be attributed to vaccination but rather to the enormous efforts of people across society to keep themselves and their families safe." 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 82 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 119,032. 

The Department announced no further COVID-19-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll remained at 2,135. 

A total of 788 people have tested positive for the virus in Northern Ireland over the past seven days, up from 659 last week. 

There are currently 68 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with seven requiring intensive care. 

Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 94%, while there active outbreaks of the virus in four  Northern Irish care homes. 

There have now been 362,539 COVID-19 cases between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic in addition to 6,971 deaths. 

April 17

Update 12:30 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 420 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 243,238. 

The Department also announced four further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,835. 

There are currently 183 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 50 requiring intensive care, while Ireland's five-day average has risen slightly to 386. 

As of April 15, 1,155,599 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland with 814,470 receiving their first dose and 341,129 people receiving both doses. 

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that 22% of Irish people who are eligible to receive a vaccine have received their first dose, and said that sickness, hospitalizations, and mortality had all been greatly reduced.

Ireland will begin vaccinating people aged 65-69 next week, Reid said. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health announced 99 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 118,950. 

The Department additionally announced two further COVID-19-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 2,135. 

A total of 796 people have tested positive for the virus in Northern Ireland over the past seven days, up from 621 last week. 

There are currently 70 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with eight in intensive care, while Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 97%. 

There are also active outbreaks of the virus in four Northern Irish care homes. 

There have now been 362,188 cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic last year in addition to 6,970 COVID deaths.

April 16

Update 2:30: Northern Ireland's government services has today published guidance for travelers arriving from outside of the Common Travel Area, as well as for arrivals from high-risk countries on the "red list." You can read more here.

TRAVEL UPDATE ✈️

Anyone intending to travel directly, or via another country, to Northern Ireland from outside the Common Travel Area, including British and Irish nationals returning home must follow the rules below 👇

➡️https://t.co/E4GiYo2DIl pic.twitter.com/3hhqeaILdc

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) April 16, 2021

Update 1:50 pm EST: Ireland's Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today said that one in five eligible people in the Republic of Ireland has so far received a first dose of a COVID vaccine:

Another milestone in our COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

1 in 5 of those who can get a vaccine have now received a first dose. pic.twitter.com/mIUU3EQ5uY

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) April 16, 2021

Update 1:40 pm EST: There have been 420 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 242,819, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 218 are men / 197 are women
  • 74% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 32 years old
  • 147 in Dublin, 41 in Meath, 33 in Donegal, 26 in Galway, 18 in Limerick, and the remaining 155 cases are spread across all other counties

As of 8 am today, 190 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 53 are in ICU. 12 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 5,666 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 15. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 15) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 119. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 15 is 381. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 11 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today, 3 occurred in April, 1 occurred in March, 2 in February and 5 occurred in January or earlier. The median age of those who died was 88 years and the age range was 77-94 years. There has been a total of 4,831 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of April 14, there have been 1,121,003 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 789,526 people have received their first dose
  • 331,477 people have received their second dose

Update 11:30 am EST: 119 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 118,851 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 915,618 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 824 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There has been one COVID-related death reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,133. The newly reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am April 15 - 10 am April 16.

As of April 16, 1,100,577 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 850,103 were first doses and 250,474 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

April 15 - 6,952 deaths, 361,134 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 4:25 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,952 COVID-related deaths and 361,134 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 2,176,529 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 138.65 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.97 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 78.98 million recoveries. 

Update 3:20 pm EST: Ireland's Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today said: "Legal regulations will now be required to exempt fully vaccinated people from Mandatory Hotel Quarantine and allow them complete home quarantine. These regulations will be drafted and signed in the coming days." 

Donnelly also announced that the online booking portal for the mandatory hotel quarantine program has reopened today.

Read more about both here.

Update 1:35 pm EST: In a string of tweets this afternoon, Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said: “Just finished up the most positive post-NPHET briefing with Dr. Ronan Glynn [Ireland's Deputy Chief Medical Officer] we've had in a long time. 

“Thanks to a huge effort by households right across the country we're making strong progress. While there's still a good deal of risk, we're doing well. 

"Some highlights:

1. R 0.7 to 1.0, likely a little under 1.

2. 5 day case average 388, down 10% on last week (270 end Nov). Critically, NPHET saying this not down to vaccines (yet) but is down to people sticking with health measures, meeting outdoors, etc. - HUGE achievement for Ireland!

3. 14 day incident rate down 13% on last week.

4. National positivity 2.6%, though 8.3% in the community.

5. Covid hospitalisations now 184. 

6. No new outbreaks (2 or more linked cases) in nursing homes so far this week, and none last week.

7. Average close contacts steady at 2.6 (this is a phenomenal achievement, keeping cases down and again showing how important it has been to stick with the public health measures).

8. Close contacts in educational settings down on last week.

Update 1:30 pm EST: There have been 309 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to  242,402, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 12 confirmed cases. The figure of 242,402 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 168 are men / 141 are women
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 35 years old
  • 107 in Dublin, 30 in Kildare, 14 in Offaly, 21 in Meath,14 in Limerick and the remaining 104 cases are spread across 18 other counties

As of 8 am today, 184 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 51 are in ICU. 22 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 5,837 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 14. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 14) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 122.6. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 14 is 358. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 8 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today, 4 occurred in April, 2 occurred in February and 2 occurred in January or earlier. The median age of those who died was 79 years and the age range was 43-92 years. There has been a total of 4,820 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of April 13, there have been 1,094,964 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 769,721 people have received their first dose
  • 325,243 people have received their second dose

Update 12:00 pm EST: 159 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 118,732 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 913,276 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 833 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been two COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,132. The newly reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am April 14 - 10 am April 15.

As of April 15, 1,081,565 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 844,284 were first doses and 237,281 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has today announced that close contacts of confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be asked to take a PCR test within 48 hours of being identified as a close contact, whether or not they have symptoms.

Until now only people with symptoms had to take a PCR test. This additional measure, which will see all close contacts advised to have a PCR test, is aimed at identifying those close contacts who do not have symptoms but who could potentially be carrying the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This testing of asymptomatic contacts will provide further opportunities to identify more cases who would otherwise be unknown, to the Contact Tracing Service.

Speaking today, Health Minister Robin Swann said: “Testing of close contacts is the next step in the ongoing development of our testing initiatives in Northern Ireland. Expanding and targeting PCR testing is a significant move in our fight against COVIDd-19, it will assist us as we move carefully out of restrictions and in keeping Northern Ireland open and moving.  

 “We know that one in three people with COVID-19 may not have symptoms and may therefore spread the SARS-CoV-2 virus without knowing it.  By recommending PCR testing to all close contacts we will track how the virus is spreading and this will help to further break chains of infection.  

"Testing of close contact combined with enhanced contact tracing allows us to identify potential sources of infection an new cases earlier and will help keep us one step ahead in interrupting transmission.”

April 14 - 6,942 deaths, 360,678 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:25 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,942 COVID-related deaths and 360,678 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 2,138,394 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 137.82 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.96 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 78.53 million recoveries. 

Update 1:00 pm EST: There have been 431 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 242,105, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 10 confirmed cases. The figure of 242,105 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 204 are men and 226 are women
  • 70% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 33 years old
  • 160 in Dublin, 50 in Kildare, 34 in Donegal, 21 in Meath, 20 in Limerick, and the remaining 146 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8 am today, 192 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 49 are in ICU. There have been 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 6,286 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 13. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 13) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 132. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 13 is 388. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 12 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today, 4 occurred in April, 2 occurred in March and 6 occurred in January. The median age of those who died was 76 years and the age range was 42-91 years. There has been a total of 4,812 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 deaths. The figure of 4,812 deaths reflects this.)

As of April 12, there have been 1,076,216 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 758,763 people have received their first dose
  • 317,453 people have received their second dose

Update 11:50 am EST: Taoiseach Micheál Martin today welcomed the news that following a agreement between the European Commission and Pfizer / BionTech, the Republic of Ireland is set to receive more than half a million extra Pfizer vaccines beginning this month:

Welcome news that Ireland will be receiving close to 545,000 extra BioNTech-Pfizer vaccines, starting this month. https://t.co/MD4L0FdHup

— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) April 14, 2021

Update 11:00 am EST: 97 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 118,573 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 910,427 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 780 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There has been one COVID-related death reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,130. The newly reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am April 13 - 10 am April 14.

As of April 14, 1,062,178 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 838,049 were first doses and 224,129  were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

April 13 - 6,932 deaths, 360,160 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 5:25 pm EST: Ireland’s Department of Health said this evening: “The Department of Health and Tifco Hotel Group have agreed to temporarily pause the mandatory hotel quarantine booking portal.

“This has been done as a precautionary measure to enable further assessment of capacity within the mandatory hotel quarantine system for the coming days.

“Those who have already made their booking for mandatory hotel quarantine are not affected. Bookings can still be made for dates from Monday 19 April onwards. 

“The temporary pause will be kept under ongoing review should additional capacity become available.

“The public health advice remains strongly against all non-essential international travel. 

“Mandatory hotel quarantine is a public health measure put into place in order to protect Ireland from importation of COVID-19, particularly variants of concern."

You can learn more about Ireland’s mandatory hotel quarantine scheme here.

Update 2:00 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,932 COVID-related deaths and 360,160 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 2,106,031 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 136.96 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.95 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 78.04 million recoveries. 

Update 1:45 pm EST: Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) has today "further advised Hospital Groups and CHOs to cancel all AstraZeneca clinics, except those arranged for certain people over the age of 60, for the remainder of this week as we work to reconfigure our rollout plans to take in to account the latest NIAC guidance.

"Some clinics will be in a position to proceed with the vaccination of patients over the age of 60 this week, in line with the new guidance, and in these cases, individuals will be contacted directly by their vaccination centre to arrange their appointment. 

"Anybody who is due to attend an Astra Zeneca clinic, and who is not contacted directly in advance, is therefore advised not to attend.

"We will be in contact with such patients in due course to rearrange their appointment at a later date."

Yesterday, Ireland's National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) issued revised advice to the Department of Health on the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in light of the outcome of the recent investigation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The NIAC said the AstraZeneca vaccine "is not recommended for those aged under 60 years including those with medical conditions with very high or high risk of severe COVID-19 disease."

All AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination appointments planned for the remainder of this week are cancelled. If you have an appointment to get the AstraZeneca #CovidVaccine this week, you are advised not to attend. We apologise for any inconvenience.

— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) April 13, 2021

Update 1:05 pm EST: There have been 358 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 241,684, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 241,684 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 163 are men and 192 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 31 years old
  • 166 in Dublin, 39 in Donegal, 16 in Kildare, 13 in Offaly, 12 in Meath, 12 in Limerick and the remaining 100 cases are spread across 18 other counties

As of 8 am today, 205 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 48 are in ICU. There have been 11 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 6,271 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 12. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 12) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 131.7. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 12 is 396. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 18 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today:

  • 7 occurred in April
  • 3 occurred in March
  • 3 occurred in February
  • 3 occurred in January
  • 1 death was reported as occurring before January, and there is 1 death where the date of death is under investigation.

The median age of those who died was 85 years and the age range was 46-102 years. There has been a total of 4,803 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of April 11, there have been 1,063,666 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 749,450 people have received their first dose
  • 314,216 people have received their second dose

Update 11:10 am EST: 112 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 118,476 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 908,395 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 774 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today for the second day in a row. The death toll in the region remains at 2,129. 

As of April 13, 1,042,365 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 831,895 were first doses and 210,470 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

April 12 - 6,914 deaths, 359,694 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 4:10 pm EST: Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) has today announced that all Astra Zeneca vaccinations scheduled for tomorrow, April 13, should not go ahead.

If you are due to attend an Astra Zeneca clinic tomorrow you are advised not to do so. We will be in contact with patients in due course to rearrange appointments. We apologise for any inconvenience. #CovidVaccine

— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) April 12, 2021

While noting that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) safety committee (PRAC) concluded that unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be listed as very rare side effects of Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca and that the benefits of this vaccine continue to outweigh the risks, Ireland's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn said in a statement: "The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) have today revised recommendations for the use of Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca. In line with these recommendations:

  • all of those aged 60 years and older can get any authorised COVID-19 vaccine, including Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca
  • Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca is not recommended for those aged under 60 years including those with medical conditions with very high or high risk of severe COVID-19 disease

For people who have already received Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca:

  • those aged 60 years and older should continue to receive their second dose 12 weeks later as scheduled
  • those aged under 60 years with an underlying condition (those identified in cohort 4 and cohort 7) should continue to receive their second dose 12 weeks later as scheduled
  • those aged under 60 years with no underlying condition (therefore not identified in cohort 4 and cohort 7) should have the scheduled interval between their first and second doses extended to 16 weeks to allow for further assessment of the benefits and risks as more evidence becomes available
  • those who have developed unusual blood clots with low platelets after the first dose of Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca should not be given a second dose

Update 1:25 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,914 COVID-related deaths and 359,694 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 2,084,306 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 136.20 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.93 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 77.53 million recoveries. 

Update 1:05 pm EST: There have been 394 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to  241,330, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 9 confirmed cases. The figure of 241,330 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 179 are men and 214 are women
  • 75% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 33 years old
  • 175 in Dublin, 34 in Kildare, 21 in Galway, 21 in Mayo, 20 in Limerick and the remaining 123 cases are spread across 18 other counties

As of 8 am today, 227 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 50 are in ICU. There have been 22 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 6,281 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 11. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 11) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 131.9. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 11 is 404. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of no additional deaths related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 4,785 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of April 10, there have been 1,058,394 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 745,363 people have received their first dose
  • 313,031 people have received their second dose

Update 10:40 am EST: An easing of Level 5 restrictions comes into effect in the Republic of Ireland today. You can see the changes here.

Update 10:35 am EST: 97 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 118,364 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 905,788 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 717 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today. The death toll in the region remains at 2,129. 

As of April 12, 1,025,912 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 826,412 were first doses and 199,500 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

On Monday, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann thanked the region’s vaccine teams during a visit to the vaccination centre at the Seven Towers Leisure Centre in Ballymena.

Minister Swann said: “The success of our vaccination programme is down to the hard work and dedication of the health care teams and volunteers working in GP practices, pharmacies and vaccination centres right across Northern Ireland.

"It is testament to them that we surpassed the one million vaccines milestone at the weekend and over 820,000 people in Northern Ireland have now received a vaccine.”

He added: “Every jab takes us further down the pathway towards a better and safer future and I would call on people to get the vaccine when their turn comes, or if you fall into one of the eligible cohorts then book your appointment today. Do not delay.

"Having received my first COVID-19 vaccine I can assure people that it was a quick and straightforward process and I’m grateful that I’ll soon have some protection from this awful virus while I await my second dose in due course.”

April 11

Update 11:30 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 303 new cases of the coronavirus - the lowest number of new daily cases since mid-December.

The total number of confirmed infections in Ireland has now risen to 240,945. 

The Department also announced two further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,785. 

There are currently 213 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 53 requiring intensive care. 

As of April 8, a total of 1,045,919 doses of the coronavirus have been administered in Ireland, with 735,997 people receiving the first dose and 309,922 receiving their second dose. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 89 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of confirmed infections to 118,267. 

A total of 656 people have tested positive for the virus in Northern Ireland over the past seven days, down from 713 in the previous week. 

The Department also announced one further COVID-19-related death as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 2,129. 

There are currently 63 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with eight requiring intensive care and five on a ventilator. 

Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 94% with 22 vacant intensive care beds. There are also five active outbreaks of the virus in Northern Irish care homes. 

There have now been 359,212 cases of the coronavirus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic last year in addition to 6,914 deaths.

April 10 

Update 11:30 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 455 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 240,643. 

The Department also announced 14 further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,783. 

Of the deaths reported today, three occurred in April, one occurred in March, six took place in February, and four occurred in January. 

There are currently 208 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 52 people requiring intensive care. 

As of April 7, 1,018,264 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland with 716,636 receiving the first dose of the vaccine and 301,628 receiving both doses. 

Around 1,100 GP practices are expected to administer 46,000 vaccinations to people aged between 16 and 69 with a pre-existing medical condition in the next seven days. 

GPs will also continue to administer doses of the vaccine to patients over the age of 70 and are expected to reach 620,000 doses administered by the end of next week. 

Dr. Denis McCauley, the chair of the Irish Medical Organisation's GP committee, additionally told RTÉ that he expects the HSE to meet its target of 180,000 to 190,000 doses of the vaccine delivered this week. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 146 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 118,178. 

The Department also announced three further COVID-19-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 2,128. 

There have now been 358,821 cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic last year in addition to 6,911 deaths. 

There are currently 86 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with 10 requiring intensive care and seven on a ventilator, while Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 100%. 

A total of five Northern Irish care homes are currently dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19. 

The daily figures were announced shortly after Health Minister Robin Swann welcomed the news that more than one million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland. 

A total of 1,003,165 doses of the vaccine have been administered in the region with 813,468 receiving their first dose and 189,697 receiving both doses. 

More than two million doses of the vaccine have now been administered on the island of Ireland. 

April 9 -  6,894 deaths, 358,224 confirmed cases across the island of Ireland

Update 6:15 pm EST: The Irish government has announced changes to its list of "high-risk" countries. Travelers arriving into the Republic of Ireland from high-risk countries are subject to mandatory hotel quarantine. You can read more here.

Update 3:00 pm EST:  As of today, there have been a total of 6,894 COVID-related deaths and 358,224 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,949,706 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 134.30 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.90 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 76.27 million recoveries. 

Update 1:45 pm EST:  There have been 473 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 240,192, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 240,192 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 224 are men and 247 are women
  • 76% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 29 years old
  • 229 in Dublin, 32 in Kildare, 30 in Donegal, 21 in Mayo, 19 in Meath and the remaining 142 cases are spread across 19 other counties

As of 8 am today, 212 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 53 are in ICU. There have been 17 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 6,901 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 8. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 8) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 144.9. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 8 is 411. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 34 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today:

  • 3 occurred in April
  • 4 occurred in March
  • 19 occurred in February
  • 5 occurred in January
  • 3 occurred in December or earlier

The median age of those who died was 81 years and the age range was 33 - 96 years. There has been a total of 4,769 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 4,769 deaths reflects this.)

As of Tuesday, April 6, there have been 961,887 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 679,844 people have received their first dose
  • 282,043 people have received their second dose

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "Anyone exposed to COVID-19 over the Easter weekend will now be at their most infectious - please isolate and contact your GP to arrange a test if you have any symptoms of COVID-19."

Update 10:55 am EST: 113 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 118,032 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 898,123 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 553 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been two COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,125. One of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am April 8 - 10 am April 9, while the other one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of April 9, 987,819 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 806,005 were first doses and 181,814 were second doses.

You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

April 8 - 6,860 deaths, 357,642 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:30 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,860 COVID-related deaths and 357,642 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,914,065 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 133.38 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.89 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 75.89 million recoveries. 

Update 1:30 pm EST: Ireland's Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today confirmed that more than one million vaccines have now been administered in the Republic of Ireland. The country's vaccine programme began 101 days ago.

We now have over one million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered. This is a significant milestone on the 101st day of the programme. We plan to administer on average one million doses a month for April, May and June. 35 of our vaccination centres are now operational. pic.twitter.com/0TveOVNbrF

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) April 8, 2021

Update 1:25 pm EST: There have been 400 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 239,723, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 205 are men / 193 are women
  • 72% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 35 years old
  • 162 in Dublin, 61 in Kildare, 26 in Cork, 21 in Galway, 17 in Donegal and the remaining 113 cases are spread across 18 other counties.

As of 8 am today, 226 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 55 are in ICU. 11 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,014 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 7. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 7) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 147.3. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 7 is 408. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre  has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today 2 occurred in April, 2 occurred in March and 3 occurred in February. The median age of those who died was 78 years and the age range was 62 - 89 years. There has been a total of 4,737* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of April 5, there have been 940,883 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 667,182 people have received their first dose
  • 273,701 people have received their second dose

Update 11:55 am EST: 98 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 117,919 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 896,228 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 535 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been two COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,123. Both of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am April 7 - 10 am April 8.

Northern Ireland’s vaccination program has today been expanded to include people between the ages of 40 - 44. Health Minister Robin Swann stated: “Today’s extension of the vaccination programme will be very welcome news to people in this age group.

“Vaccination is by far our best defence against COVID-19 and is essential to our goal of getting Northern Ireland out of lockdown on a sustainable basis.”

As of April 8, 973,182 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 799,410 were first doses and 173,772 were second doses.

You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

April 7 - 6,853 deaths, 357,146 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:45 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,853 COVID-related deaths and 357,146 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,894,870 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 132.65 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.87 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 75.36 million recoveries. 

Update 1:25 pm EST: There have been 423 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 239,325, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 5 confirmed cases. The figure of 239,325 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 219 are men and 201 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 30 years old
  • 199 in Dublin, 41 in Kildare, 23 in Meath, 20 in Galway, 18 in Westmeath and the remaining 122 are spread across 19 other counties

As of 8 am today, 232 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 56 are in ICU. There have been 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,220 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 6. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 6) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 151.6. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 6 is 430. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 5 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 4 of these deaths occurred in April, and 1 in February. There has been a total of 4,732 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of April 4, there have been 936,087 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 663,411 people have received their first dose
  • 272,676 people have received their second dose

Update 11:00 am EST: 88 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 117,821 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 894,315 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 561 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today. The death toll in the region remains at 2,121.

As of April 6, 958,783 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 790,860 were first doses and 167,923 were second doses.

You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

April 6

Update 2:50 pm EST: Globally, there have been more than 132.10 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of today. There have been more than 2.86 million COVID-related deaths and more than 75.02 million recoveries. 

Update 12:45 pm EST: There have been 443 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 238,907, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 238,907 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 239 are men and 203 are women
  • 75% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 31 years old
  • 208 in Dublin, 32 in Cork, 24 in Kildare, 20 in Meath, 17 in Donegal and the remaining 142 spread across 19 other counties

As of 8 am today, 261 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 60 are in ICU. There have been 12 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,482 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 4. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 4) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 157.1. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020, when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 4 is 463. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 9 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 3 of these deaths occurred in January, 2 in February, 3 in March, and 1 in April. There has been a total of 4,727 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of April 3, there have been 932,324 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 660,800 people have received their first dose
  • 271,524 people have received their second dose

Update 9:50 am EST: Northern Ireland’s Department of Health will not be fully updating its dashboard until Wednesday, April 7.

57 people have tested positive in the region in the past 24 hours and three more deaths have been reported.

The Department of Health #COVID19 Dashboard will be fully updated on Wednesday 7 April. The following information is available today:

57 people have tested positive in the past 24 hours. Sadly, 3 deaths have been reported. pic.twitter.com/YmINnHS6Ed

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) April 6, 2021

April 4

Update 12:45 pm EST: Globally, there have been more than 131.51 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date. There have been more than 2.85 million COVID-related deaths and more than 74.69 million recoveries. 

Update 11:35 am EST: There have been 320 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 238,466, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 238,466 confirmed cases reflects this.)

No new deaths were reported in the Republic of Ireland today; the death toll remains at 4,718.

As of April 2, there have been 923,878 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 655,292 people have received their first dose
  • 268,586 people have received their second dose

Update 11:10 am EST: Northern Ireland’s Department of Health will not be fully updating its dashboard until Wednesday, April 7.

89 people have tested positive in the region in the past 48 hours and 2 more deaths have been reported.

The Department of Health #COVID19 Dashboard will be fully updated on Wednesday 7 April. The following information is available today:

89 people have tested positive in the past 48 hours. Sadly, 2 deaths have been reported. pic.twitter.com/g32KY7nEjb

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) April 5, 2021

April 3

Update 11:50 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 511 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 237,695. 

The Department also announced two further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,715. 

There are currently 242 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 65 requiring intensive care. 

As of March 31,  865,460 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 619,003 people receiving the first dose and 246,457 receiving both doses. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has reported 84 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 117,587. 

The Department reported no new coronavirus deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll remained at 2,116.

Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 96% with 16 coronavirus patients in intensive care and 10 patients on a ventilator. 

Six Northern Irish care homes are currently dealing with an outbreak of the virus. 

There have now been 355,282 cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic last year in addition to 6,831 COVID deaths. 

April 2 - 6,829 deaths, 354,690 cases between Ireland and NI

Update 12:45 pm EST: There have now been 354,690 confirmed cases of the coronavirus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic in addition to 6,829 deaths. 

Globally, there have been 130.4 million cases of the virus and 2.84 million deaths. A total of 105 million people are estimated to have recovered from the virus.

Update 11:30 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 591 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 237,187. 

The Department also announced eight further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,713. 

There are currently 264 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals - the lowest level of hospitalizations since Christmas Day - with 62 people requiring intensive care. 

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population currently stands at 166.6 with 7,935 cases diagnosed over the past two weeks. 

Of the cases reported today, 72% were under the age of 45, while 288 were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 40 cases were reported in Kildare, 30 in Meath, 28 in Westmeath, 27 in Laois, and the remaining 178 cases were spread across 19 other counties.

A total of 840,561 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland as of March 30, with 603,802 people receiving the first dose and 236,759 people receiving both doses. 

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn urged people to keep their contacts low over the Easter weekend and encouraged people from different households to only meet up outdoors. He also advised people not to travel in a car with someone from a different household. 

Update 10 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 107 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in the region to 117,503. 

The Department also confirmed one further COVID-19-related death as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 2,116. 

A total of 846 people have tested positive for the virus over the past seven days, down from 1,062 the previous week. 

There are currently 112 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with 17 in intensive care and nine on a ventilator. 

Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 98%, while six Northern Irish care homes are dealing with outbreaks of the virus. 

April 1 - 6,720 deaths, 353,996 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:55 pm EST: The Irish government has today expanded its list of "high-risk" countries. Travelers arriving in the Republic of Ireland from these countries are subject to a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

You can learn more about which countries are subject to Ireland's mandatory hotel quarantine here and how the quarantine system works here.

Update 3:35 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,720 COVID-related deaths and 353,996 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,721,442 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 129.24 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.82 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 73.28 million recoveries. 

Update 3:30 pm EST:  Dr. Michael McBride, the Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, and Dr. Ronan Glynn, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Ireland, have today issued a joint statement urging people across the island of Ireland to adhere to public health restrictions over the Easter holiday weekend.

The letter states: “Easter is a time when, traditionally, many of us spend time with our families and loved ones. Unfortunately, this Easter, we still have a very dangerous, very transmissible virus, circulating in our communities that continues to spread and cause serious illness and, sadly, death.

“People in all corners of Ireland have continued to follow the public health advice by quietly taking all the appropriate actions to protect all of us from this disease. Most people are making a huge sacrifice and missing time with loved ones in order for us to stay on course with the public health guidance.

“We must ask that, once again, we work together to prevent a further wave of infection by celebrating this Easter safely. Please continue to stick with the public heath advice and avoid visiting other homes at this time. Do not give this virus the opportunities it is seeking to spread.

“We have already seen the clear bonus that vaccinations are bringing with cases and deaths in nursing homes and hospitals and cases amongst healthcare workers falling dramatically across the island. There are much brighter days ahead.

“If we can stick with these measures, we can avoid another wave and all of us, together, will be able to look back as a society, and reflect proudly on how we came together to protect each other and save lives.”

Update 12:40 pm EST: There have been 761 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 236,600, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 15 confirmed cases. The figure of 236,600 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 383 are men and 373 are women
  • 72% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 33 years old
  • 372 in Dublin, 55 in Meath, 43 in Cork, 40 in Kildare, 38 in Offaly and the remaining 213 cases are spread across 19 other counties

As of 8 am today, 274 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. There have been 18 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,851 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 31. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 31) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 164.9. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 31 is 536. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 18 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today, 11 occurred in March, and 7 occurred in February. The median age of those who died was 81 years and the age range was 59 - 95 years. There has been a total of 4,705 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 28, there have been 819,676 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 590,688 people have received their first dose
  • 228,988 people have received their second dose

Update 11:10 am EST: 107 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 117,396 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 886,504 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 915 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today for the second day in a row. The death toll in the region remains at 2,015.

As of April 1, 901,766 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 756,013 were first doses and 145,753 were second doses.

You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

March 31 - 6,702 deaths, 353,143 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:15 pm EST: The Irish government has today published its updated Provisional Vaccine Allocation Groups. You can read more here.

Update 2:00 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,702 COVID-related deaths and 353,143 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,694,139 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 128.49 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.80 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 72.89 million recoveries. 

Update 12:55  pm EST: There have been 411 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 235,854, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 235,854 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 202 are men and 209 are women
  • 70% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 35 years old
  • 150 in Dublin, 31 in Donegal, 25 in Kildare, 25 in Wexford, 21 in Offaly and the remaining 159 cases are spread across 17 other counties

As of 8 am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 67 are in ICU. There have been 16 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,669 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 30. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 30) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 161.1. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 30 is 509. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 6 additional deaths related to COVID-19. All reported deaths occurred in March. The median age of those who died was 79 years and the age range was 49 - 87 years. There has been a total of 4,687 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 28, there have been 806,541 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 580,857 people have received their first dose
  • 225,684 people have received their second dose

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Together with all of the basic public health measures with which we are all now so familiar, vaccination will significantly reduce risk of COVID-19 over the next relatively short period of time. It will radically reduce mortality when those over 70 are fully vaccinated but will initially have a smaller effect on hospitalisation and critical care until the wider adult population, especially vulnerable adults and those aged 50-69 years, are protected by vaccination.

"There is a critical window over the next 8 weeks where any significant increase in close contact is likely to lead to a significant fourth wave of infection in the range of that experienced in January 2021.

"We can and should be optimistic for an enjoyable summer ahead but, in the meantime, we have to continue to work together to prevent a further wave of infection as we accelerate vaccination across society and maintain our health services."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: "The Reproduction number is currently estimated at 1.0 – 1.3. If the epidemic is growing again now, the doubling time is estimated at 35 days or longer.

"When comparing the risks of levels of social mixing now and over the coming months with that which applied in 2020, we need to take into account the B.1.1.7 variant and how easily that transmits, and we must also take account of the vaccination-induced immunity that will progressively protect us and make it more difficult for the virus to transmit.

"Vaccination will contribute greatly to the easing of measures in the coming months, however now we need to keep transmission as low as possible so that vaccination of the population can take place and have the desired effect."

Dr. Siobhán Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and Integrated Care Lead, HSE, said today: "We are continuing to review instances of ‘long-COVID’. While the evidence base is limited to date, the studies available indicate that people who have had COVID-19 have reported a drop in quality of life including greater difficulty doing usual activities as well as increases in fatigue, anxiety and loss of sense of taste and or smell. One study suggests that outcomes are worse in working age females than males, in those who were hospitalised.

"The long-term impact of post-COVID syndromes on the working age population is not well understood but it could be significant. Our best defence against long term health impacts such as those noted above is still to adhere to the public health advice. Stay safe by sticking with your bubble and enjoy the outdoors."

Professor Pete Lunn, Behavioural Research Unit, ESRI, said today: "Compliance remains generally high, but the behaviour of a minority is increasing the risk for all of us. Even this minority are trying to stick to restrictions in most aspects, but they are nevertheless visiting other homes. It would be much better if people could instead meet at outdoor locations and maintain distance.

"Our research finds that three psychological factors are linked to increased social activity: how worried people are in general by the virus, whether they view the restrictions as coherent, and how they personally view the trade-off between preventing the spread of the virus against the burden of the restrictions. Interestingly, we don’t find that fatigue is directly linked to behaviour. Those who say they are most tired of the restrictions are not more likely to break them. Rather, what matters is whether they view the benefit to society from preventing the spread of the virus as more important."

Update 12:00 pm EST: 123 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 117,289 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 884,052 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 977 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today. The death toll in the region remains at 2,015.

As of March 31, 887,598 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 749,112 were first doses and 138,486 were second doses.

As of today, Northern Ireland’s Covid-19 vaccination programme has been extended to people in the 45-49 age bracket. Everyone aged 45 and over in Northern Ireland can now book to have their jab at a vaccination centre or participating community pharmacy.

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann, who today received his first COVID vaccination jab, said: “Vaccination is absolutely vital as we move forward out of this pandemic. Great work has been done at pace to progress the programme but we need to maintain that momentum.

“Whether you are in this latest age group, or one of the other eligible groups, please don’t delay in getting the vaccine. As we keep saying, the best time to book is now.”

You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

March 30 - The Republic of Ireland has a new road map, with vaccines in mind

Updated 2:40pm EST: Ireland's leader, Taoiseach Micheal Martin has announced that Ireland will begin a phased reopening following its period of Level 5 lockdown since New Years'. As of April 12, Irish people will be allowed to freely travel within their own county while social interactions will remains restricted.... Read more here. 

Updated 12:30pm EST: 6,796 deaths and 352,610 cases in Northern Ireland the Republic since the start of the pandemic.

The Republic of Ireland has reported 14 more deaths due to covid today and 368 new cases of the coronavirus. This brings the death toll to 4,681 while the case count stands at 235,444.

Of today's recorded deaths 12 occurred during the month of  March, one in February, and one in January. The median age of those who died was 83 years and the age range was 68 - 97 years.

In Northern Ireland, a further five deaths were reported today and 151 new cases. The death toll in the North now stands at 2,115.

As of today hospital bed occupancy in Northern Ireland is at 97%. 

March 29 - 6,678 deaths, 352,093 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:05 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,678 COVID-related deaths and 352,093 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,642,057 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 127.44 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.78 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 72.27 million recoveries. 

Update 2:50 pm EST: There have been 539 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 235,078, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 235,078 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 288 are men and 249 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 32 years old
  • 262 in Dublin, 32 in Kildare, 30 in Westmeath, 26 in Galway, 21 in Meath, 21 in Offaly and the remaining 147 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8am today, 331 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 70 are in ICU. There have been 19 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,796 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 28. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 28) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 163.7. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 28 is 591. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1 additional death related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 4,667 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 26, there have been 786,569 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 567,023 people have received their first dose
  • 219,546 people have received their second dose

NPHET and the Irish Cabinet engaged in meetings today and it is expected that tomorrow, March 30, announcements will be made regarding the next phase of lockdowns across the Republic of Ireland. As it stands, the current restrictions in the country are set to last until April 5, next Monday.

Update 10:30 am EST: 65 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 117,015, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

Today's figure of 65 new cases is the lowest daily number of new cases reported in Northern Ireland since September 9.

To date, 879,262 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,016 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today. The death toll in the region remains at 2,011.

As of March 29, 855,488 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 730,471 were first doses and 125,017 were second doses.

Elsewhere, the mass vaccination centre at the SSE Arena in Belfast has opened today to anyone over the age of 50 who is eligible to receive the vaccine.

‘If you’re in an eligible group, book your vaccine and don’t delay’ says Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride speaking at the opening of the regional vaccination centre at the @SSEBelfastArena pic.twitter.com/5AiLDUusvo

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) March 29, 2021

You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

March 28

Update 1 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 604 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 234,541. 

The Department also reported 13 further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,666.

There are currently 322 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 66 requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases announced today, 77% were under the age of 45, while 224 cases were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 45 cases were reported in Donegal, 36 in Kildare, 34 in Limerick, 26 in Tipperary, and the remaining cases were spread across 20 other counties.

As of March 25, 760,168 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 548,945 people receiving the first dose and 211,223 people receiving both doses. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 116 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in the region to 116,950. 

The Department additionally announced two further COVID-19-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 2,111. 

A total of 1,061 people have tested positive for the virus in Northern Ireland over the past seven days and there are currently 126 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with 15 requiring intensive care and 11 on a ventilator. 

Northern Irish hospitals are operating at 93% occupancy, while there active outbreaks of the virus in six care homes in Northern Ireland. 

There have now been 351,491 cases of the coronavirus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic in addition to 6,777 COVID deaths. 

March 27

Update 1:40 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 624 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 233,937. 

The Department also reported two further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,653. 

There are currently 304 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 64 requiring intensive care. The number of COVID hospitalizations in Ireland has fallen 85% from its Jan. 20 peak of 2,020, while Ireland's ICU figures have fallen by 70% from their peak of 224 on Jan. 24. 

Of the cases reported today, 75% were under the age of 45, while 308 cases were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 41 cases were reported in Kildare, 38 in Donegal, 31 in Meath, 29 in Offaly, and the remaining cases were spread across 18 other counties.

As of March 24, 732,678 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland with 529,984 people receiving the first dose of the vaccine and 202,694 receiving both doses.

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has confirmed 138 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 116,834. 

The Department also announced two further COVID-19-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 2,109. 

There are currently 130 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals, with 14 in intensive care and 10 requiring a ventilator, while Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 93%. 

There are active outbreaks of the virus in six Northern Irish care homes. 

There have now been 350,771 confirmed cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic last year in addition to 6,762 deaths. 

March 26 - 6,758 deaths, 350,023 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:20 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,758 COVID-related deaths and 350,023 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,534,658 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 125.74 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.75 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 71.26 million recoveries. 

Update 2:05 pm EST: There have been 584 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 233,327, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 15 confirmed cases. The figure of 233,327 confirmed cases reflects this.)

115,814 COVID tests have been completed in the last seven days in the Republic of Ireland, with a positive rate of 3.7 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 297 are men and 286 are women
  • 72% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 34 years old
  • 222 in Dublin, 44 in Kildare, 33 in Offaly, 31 in Meath, 29 in Westmeath and the remaining 225 cases are spread across 19 other counties

As of 8 am today, 317 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 67 are in ICU. There have been 25 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,530 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 25. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 25) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 158.1. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 25 is 552. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 20 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today, 11 occurred in March, 3 in February and 6 in January. The median age of those who died was 73 years. The age range was 57-91 years. There has been a total of 4,651 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 23, there have been 709,348 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 515,800 people have received their first dose
  • 193,548 people have received their second dose

Update 10:25 am EST: Today is the first day of mandatory hotel quarantine for people arriving into the Republic of Ireland from countries that have been deemed "high risk." There are currently 33 countries on the list.

You can read more about the mandatory hotel quarantine system that has begun in Ireland here.

Update 10:20 am EST: 181 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 116,696, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 873,421 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,061 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today for the third day in a row. The death toll in the region remains at 2,107.

As of March 26, 825,310 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 711,673 were first doses and 113,637 were second doses.

March 25 - 6,738 deaths, 349,273 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:40 pm EST: In an update shared earlier today, Ireland's Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly says he expects to see four in every five adults in the Republic of Ireland to have been offered a vaccine by the end of June.

He also said: "The vaccines are working and they're working really well."

The number of cases of Covid among those aged 85 and older, over the past two weeks alone, has fallen by nearly a half. This contrasts with a lower 9 per cent decrease in case numbers in all those aged under 85, where the vast majority are unvaccinated.

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) March 25, 2021

Update 3:30 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,738 COVID-related deaths and 349,273 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,498,690 COVID vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 125.16 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 2.74 million COVID-related deaths and more than 70.93 million recoveries. 

Update 3:15 pm EST: There have been 606 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 232,758, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the COVID cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 298 are men and 305 are women
  • 75% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 33 years old
  • 249 in Dublin, 57 in Donegal, 39 in Kildare, 32 in Meath, 31 in Louth and the remaining 198 cases are spread across all other counties

As of 8 am today, 312 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 75 are in ICU. There have been 24 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

110,011 COVID tests have been completed in the last seven days in the Republic of Ireland, with a positive rate of 3.8 percent.

There have been 7,597 new COVID cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 24. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 24) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 159.5. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 24 is 589. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today, 2 occurred in March and 1 in February. There has been a total of 4,631 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 22, there have been 690,449 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 503,796 people have received their first dose
  • 186,653 people have received their second dose

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "The vast majority of people are making a huge sacrifice and missing time with loved ones in order for us to stay on course with the public health guidance.

"However, we know that in the week ending March 14th, approximately one-in-ten people visited another household for social reasons, with most of these visits involving time spent indoors. While this clearly demonstrates that the vast majority of people are sticking with the public health guidance, it does represent a significant change versus January when just one in 20 people were visiting other homes for social reasons.

"Please continue to stick with the public health advice and avoid visiting other homes at this time – do not give this virus the opportunities it is seeking to spread."

Dr. Lorraine Nolan, Chief Executive Officer, Health Products Regulatory Authority said today: "People can be assured about the transparency and honesty of the vaccines monitoring and approvals process.

"Where there is any indication of concern in relation to side effects of a vaccine, even in a very small number of cases across the EU, we have seen that appropriate steps will be taken to ensure further investigation if needed. There are risks associated with all vaccines but with COVID-19, the benefits of a vaccine far outweigh the risks for a very small number of cases. Rigorous monitoring and safety reporting is ongoing by the HPRA in partnership with our EU partners.

"We have three safe and effective vaccines, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna and we will shortly add the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to increase the roll out of protection against this highly transmissible disease."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: "We are experiencing a levelling off in the daily incidence rate of COVID-19 and the concern is that we could so easily move backwards and undo the progress that has been hard-earned since the beginning of the year. The pattern isn’t entirely clear and continues to be volatile, so we’ll be monitoring this quite carefully over the coming weeks.

"It is important to remember that when the infection gets into a household the transmission rates are very high – up to one-third of contacts within a household will subsequently become infected. It is critically important during this very volatile stage that we minimise our contacts where possible and follow public health advice."

Dr. Miriam Owens, Director of Public Health, HSE, said today: "Today sees the opening of new walk-in test centres in areas of high transmission to enable increased ease of access to testing facilities for people who don’t have symptoms. If you do experience symptoms, I would encourage you to contact your GP to arrange a test as soon as possible.

"Together we can break the chains of transmission of this infection, by washing our hands, keeping a safe distance, and by avoiding all non-essential activity where you are mixing with others."

Update 12:55 pm EST: The Irish government has today provided an update on the country’s COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to the Republic of Ireland.

As of Sunday 21 March, 680,015 doses of vaccine have been administered in Ireland. Vaccination with AstraZeneca was deferred throughout most of Week 11.

Moderna Inc has requested that 50% of its vaccine is held back for second doses. Similarly, an appropriate buffer amount is built up and held back for all vaccines to ensure the availability of second doses for the following week. 

Currently, about 95% of available vaccines are administered within seven days of arrival in Ireland.

  • Week 9 2021
    • Pfizer 57,330
    • Moderna -
    • AstraZeneca 36,000
  • Week 10 2021
    • Pfizer 60,840
    • Moderna -
    • AstraZeneca 84,000
  • Week 11 2021
    • Pfizer 59,670
    • Moderna 27,600
    • AstraZeneca 9,600
  • Total vaccines received to and including March 19, 2021: 855,360
    • Pfizer 570,960
    • Moderna 68,400
    • AstraZeneca 216,000

Update 11:25 am EST: 183 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 116,515, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 870,474 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,054 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today for the second day in a row. The death toll in the region remains at 2,107.

As of March 25, 808,241 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 703,334 were first doses and 104,907 were second doses.

March 24 - 6,735 deaths, 348,496 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:35 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,735 COVID-related deaths and 348,496 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,471,132 COVID vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 124.47 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.73 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 70.63 million recoveries. 

Update 2:05 pm EST: There have been 683 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 232,164, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 232,164 confirmed cases reflects this.)

105,704 COVID tests have been completed in the last seven days in the Republic of Ireland, with a positive rate of 4 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 324 are men and 359 are women
  • 75% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 32 years old
  • 308 in Dublin, 68 in Donegal, 49 in Kildare, 35 in Meath, 30 in Offaly and the remaining 193 cases are spread across 21 other counties

As of 8 am today, 329 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 76 are in ICU. There have been 18 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,586 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 23. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 23) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 159.3. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 23 is 573. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 18 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today, 6 occurred in March, 7 in February and 5 in January. There has been a total of 4,628 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 21, there have been 680,015 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 495,824 people have received their first dose
  • 184,191 people have received their second dose

Update 11:45 am EST: 139 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 116,332, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 867,584 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,014 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today. The death toll in the region remains at 2,107.

As of March 24, 791,117 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 694,863 were first doses and 96,254 were second doses.

March 23 - 6,717 deaths, 347,677 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:10 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,717 COVID-related deaths and 347,677 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,452,157 COVID vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 123.96 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 2.72 million COVID-related deaths and more than 70.32 million recoveries. 

Update 2:00 pm EST: There have been 371newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 231,484, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 6 confirmed cases. The figure of 231,484 confirmed cases reflects this.)

101,715 COVID tests have been completed in the last seven days in the Republic of Ireland. The positivity rating for the past seven days is 4 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 183 are men and 187 are women
  • 75% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 30 years old
  • 151 in Dublin, 31 in Offaly, 27 in Donegal, 25 in Galway, 21 in Meath, and the remaining 116 cases are spread across 16 other counties

As of 8 am today, 357 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 76 are in ICU. There have been 25 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,538 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 22. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 22) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 158.3. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 22 is 538. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 24 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 12 deaths occurred in March, 10 in February, and 2 in January. The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 49 - 100 years. There has been a total of 4,610 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 4,610 deaths reflects this.)

As of March 20, there have been 675,946 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 492,106 people have received their first dose
  • 183,840 people have received their second dose

Update 1:05 pm EST: Mandatory hotel quarantine for arrivals from certain "high risk" countries comes into effect in the Republic of Ireland beginning Friday, March 26. You can learn more here.

Update 12:10 pm EST: 174 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 116,193, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 865,728 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,048 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been two more COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,107. Both of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am March 22 - 10 am March 23.

As of March 21, 776,211 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 687,528 were first doses and 88,683 were second doses.

March 22 - 6,693 deaths, 347,138 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:00 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,693 COVID-related deaths and 347,138 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,414,783 COVID vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 123.51 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.71 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 69.97 million recoveries. 

Update 2:20 pm EST: There have been 520 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 231,119, according to Ireland's Department of Health

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 258 are men and 262 are women
  • 79% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 28 years old
  • 242 in Dublin, 36 in Meath, 30 in Offaly, 29 in Kildare, 25 in Wicklow and the remaining 158 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8 am today, 359 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 81 are in ICU. There have been 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,481 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 21. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 21) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 157.1. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 21 is 580. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1 additional death related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 4,588 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 19, there have been 668,529 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 487,466 people have received their first dose
  • 181,063 people have received their second dose

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "It is a very welcome development to see new visitation guidance for nursing homes coming into effect from today. As we begin to experience the benefits of vaccination, it is a reminder of what we are collectively working towards, a vaccination rollout that, along with our other protective measures, will end this pandemic.

"People have worked exceptionally hard over the past three months to reduce transmission in our communities. We have shown time and again that we can act collectively to protect one another. Please keep this going over the coming weeks."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group said today: "For the week of the 7th-13th of March, 60% of disease incidence is taking place through close contact transmission and 24% in the community. 59% of transmissions are occurring in households. Outside of the household, almost half of transmissions are occurring in social gatherings and the workplace."

Dr. Cillian de Gascun, Medical Virologist and Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, said today: "The B117 variant, Ireland’s most dominant variant of COVID-19 accounts for more than 90% of our cases and is extremely transmissible. Public health advice aims to limit the opportunities this virus has to spread, and it should be noted that B117 does not need much opportunity to do so. The most effective way to stop the spread of this variant and all variants of COVID-19 is to limit your social contacts and follow public health advice."

Dr. Máirín Ryan, Deputy CEO of HIQA and Director of Health Technology Assessment, said today: "Today, HIQA published an international review on public health measures and strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19. Ireland took a robust approach from the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 and maintained low hospitalisations and ICU admissions per million population when compared to other countries.

"All countries with a published risk framework that is applied at national level are currently operating at the highest risk level.

"All countries included in the report have launched their COVID-19 vaccination programmes, with Israel having the largest share of its population fully vaccinated (47.5%) followed by Switzerland (4.3%) and Denmark (4.2%). In Ireland, 3.3% of the population were fully vaccinated by the 12th of March."

Update 11:45 am EST: President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina have both received the COVID vaccine, it was confirmed today.

Their turn having come, President Higgins and Sabina were grateful to receive their first COVID-19 vaccination from their local GP on Friday.

— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) March 22, 2021

Update 11:10 am EST: 87 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 116,019, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

This is the first time in about six months that the daily number of newly reported cases was below 100.

To date, 863,860 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,050 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There has been one more COVID-related death reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,105. The newly reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am March 21 - 10 am March 22.

As of March 21, 746,2