Live COVID-19 updates from Ireland and Northern Ireland.

December 2

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

  • 4,163 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 545 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 117 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 578,064 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Wednesday, December 1. There have been 5,707 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, December 1. 

As of Wednesday, December 1, there have been 7,508,656 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,625,499 people have received their first dose
  • 236,474 people have received a single dose
  • 3,560,494 people have received their second dose
  • 86,189 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "The additional efforts to adhere to the public health measures we have all been taking over the last few weeks are having a positive impact. We are beginning to see stabilisation in a range of key indicators of incidence of COVID-19.

"While this progress is very welcome, the level of disease in the community is still a concern.

"Stabilisation is happening at too high a level. The current high incidence is driven by the Delta variant, which, coupled with the presence of the Omicron variant, means that the trajectory of the disease remains uncertain. In the last seven days 478 people with COVID-19 were admitted to hospital with 46 people admitted to ICU.

"We know that public health measures we are all familiar with work to limit transmission of COVID-19 in the community. Choosing to follow the public health advice is difficult, particularly at this time of year. However, it is the key to changing the trajectory of the disease.

"Please continue to wash your hands regularly, keep your distance, choose outdoors instead of indoors for meeting up and open windows indoors, use good respiratory hygiene, reduce your social contacts and wear your mask if it is recommended for you.

"In the over 75 age group, where people have been taking up the offer of a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in high numbers, we are seeing significant reductions in the incidence of disease. This is another positive development and further evidence that getting a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine helps to protect from the most severe effects of COVID-19. I urge everyone, when your turn comes, take the vaccine that is offered to you as soon as it is available.

"The seasonal flu (influenza) vaccine is also still available to adults to help protect you against flu and to reduce the spread of the flu in the community. Children and young people aged 2 to 17 can get the nasal flu vaccine for free."

Update 12:10 pm EST: There have been 2,272 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 323,211 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 12,122 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,750,474 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 4,328,604 lab-reported tests, and 1,135,006 rapid lateral flow tests. 

30 of Northern Ireland’s 89 ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients. 28 COVID patients are ventilated.

Two more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,881. Both of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am December 1 - 10 am December 2.

As of December 2, there have been 3,068,005 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,372,426 were first doses, 1,274,046 were second doses, 16,766 were third doses, and 404,767 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has confirmed that as of today, 90% of people aged 18 and over have now received at least one jab.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health today said: “Getting your official COVID status certificate can benefit you at home and abroad.

There are three stages to the application process for digital certification:

1) Provide confirmation of your identity by setting up your personal NI Direct account.

2) Apply for the foreign travel Covid certification app for your phone or other mobile device. You don’t need to be travelling abroad anytime soon to apply for this. The app will also automatically renew itself.

3) After you get your foreign travel certificate in the document wallet of the app, click on the button to activate a domestic use certification. This will include taking a selfie pic that will provide photo ID when entering premises (so you won’t ned to bring additional ID).

If you cannot apply online, you can request a paper version of vaccine certification using the telephone service 0300 200 7814, available Monday to Sunday from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm.

This process will take longer than the digital process and you will be required to verify your identity in person by presenting documents at an appointed time and location.

Once identity checks have been completed it may take up to 10 working days for the printed certificate to arrive.

December 1

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

  • 3,793 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 578 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 117 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 573,905 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Tuesday, November 30. There have been 5,707 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, December 1. 55 deaths were newly notified in the past week.

As of Tuesday, November 30, there have been  7,503,706 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,624,114 people have received their first dose
  • 236,458 people have received a single dose
  • 3,558,893 people have received their second dose
  • 84,241 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Today’s notification of a confirmed case of the SARS-CoV-2 Variant B.1.1.529 (Omicron) should not change how we are responding to the public health measures that are already in place. The best mitigation we have against transmission of this virus, regardless of the variant, are the public health measures that we are so familiar with and more importantly, that we know will work.

"For at least the next two weeks, if we can all make a concerted effort to reduce our contacts, then I am hopeful that we can make a real difference to incidence of disease in Ireland.

"There is no group who should feel the public health advice does not apply to them. It is only if we act together that we can keep ourselves, our loved ones and health and social care facilities safe.

"As we look to the month ahead, consider your choices and make the right ones. Do not go into work tomorrow if you can work from home. If you are an employer, facilitate remote working for your employees.

"It is vital that if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19, you isolate immediately and arrange a PCR test – not an antigen test. Do not go to work, school, college or socialise if you are symptomatic.

"If you do choose to socialise, think about the risk associated with the activities you have planned. Remember the simple steps you can take to keep both you and the people you meet with safe:

  • wear a mask correctly
  • meet outside if possible
  • avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces
  • practise good hand and respiratory hygiene

"Be mindful of your contacts in the days after socialising, and especially consider anyone you meet who may be immunocompromised or vulnerable to COVID-19."

Update 12:15 pm EST: There have been 1,992 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 320,939 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 11,517 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,743,736 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 4,305,293 lab-reported tests, and 1,125,352 rapid lateral flow tests. 

30 of Northern Ireland’s 92 ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients. 24 COVID patients are ventilated.

Four more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,879. Four of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 30 - 10 am December 1, while two occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of December 1, there have been 3,048,854 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,370,570 were first doses, 1,272,784 were second doses, 16,649 were third doses, and 388,851 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has today published its report on the vaccination status of patients who have been hospitalised from COVID-19 and of those who have died from COVID-19 for weeks 43 to 46 (October 25 to November 21, 2021). 

Hospital Admissions 

  • 62% of adult COVID-19 inpatients aged under 50 are unvaccinated. 19% of COVID-19 inpatients aged 50 and over are unvaccinated. 
  • Unvaccinated individuals aged 50 and over are more than 4 times as likely to be admitted to hospital with COVID-19 than fully vaccinated individuals. 
  • For adults under 50, whilst the numbers admitted to hospital are lower, an unvaccinated individual is more than 8 times as likely to need hospitalisation from COVID-19. 

Deaths 

  • Unvaccinated individuals aged 50 and over are almost 4 times as likely to die than fully vaccinated individuals. 

The report notes: “The success of the vaccination programme has resulted in a very small percentage of unvaccinated individuals, particularly for the older age cohorts. When there is a very high vaccine coverage in the population, even with a highly effective vaccine, it is expected that a large proportion of cases, hospitalisations, and deaths would occur in vaccinated individuals. This is simply because a larger proportion of the population are vaccinated than unvaccinated and no vaccine is 100% effective. This is especially true because vaccination has been prioritised in individuals who are more susceptible or more at risk of severe disease. Individuals in risk groups may also be more at risk of hospitalisation or death due to non-COVID-19 causes, and thus may be hospitalised or die with COVID-19 rather than because of COVID-19. Death and admissions rates per 100,000 should therefore be interpreted with

caution.”

November 30

Update 1:25 pm EST:  As of 6 pm today in Ireland:

  • 5,471 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 579 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 122 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 570,115 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Monday, November 29. There have been 5,652 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, November 24. 

As of Monday, November 29, there have been 7,497,362 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,621,900 people have received their first dose
  • 236,425 people have received a single dose
  • 3,557,052 people have received their second dose
  • 81,985 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "The ongoing efforts by parents and children to adhere to the public health advice during this pandemic has been fundamental to our work to drive down the incidence of COVID-19 in the community.

"Our priority continues to be to minimise risk and protect as many people as possible from severe illness.

"In a very short period of time, we have seen a significant and rapid deterioration in the epidemiological situation, in the as-yet-unvaccinated 5 – 11-year-olds. This has resulted in a sharp increase in incidence in this age group.

"In addition to the public health advice to all of us to reduce discretionary social contact and for at least the next two weeks, the following events and activities should be avoided:

  • indoor birthday parties and play dates – these should take place outdoors and should be kept small
  • sleepovers
  • indoor community gatherings involving children including communions, confirmations, nativity and other seasonal events

"Further to this, parents should:

  • not let children attend school or creche if they have any symptoms of COVID-19. Help them to isolate at home and arrange a PCR test straight away
  • reduce their own contacts. This means work from home unless it is essential to attend the workplace in person. It also means making difficult decisions to avoid indoor social gatherings
  • meet others outdoors where possible
  • wear a mask if you cannot keep a distance from others
  • ensure that your child wears a mask if it is recommended for them

"If anyone in your household is symptomatic, they should isolate and get a PCR test. You should not use or rely on the results of an antigen test if you have symptoms.

"If your child is a close contact of a case in school, you may be asked to use antigen tests, supplied by the HSE, as an additional tool. If any stage your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 or an antigen test is ‘positive’ they should be isolated at home and parents should arrange a PCR test for them.

"One in five young adults are not yet vaccinated. Please consider vaccination for any older children in your household not yet protected.

"These measures are not what any of us want to hear, particularly at this time of year. We know that it adds an additional burden at what has been a very difficult time for all of us, particularly those with young families.

"NPHET has recommended, on a temporary basis, the wearing of face masks for children:

  • aged 9 years and over on public transport, in retail and other indoor public settings as currently required for those aged 13 and over, with exemptions as appropriate; and
  • in third class and above in primary school

"This measure will be subject to review by NPHET in mid-February 2022.

"I am hopeful that if we all make a concerted effort to follow these measures for at least the next two weeks, we can make a real difference to incidence of disease in this cohort and in the wider public."

Update 12:45 pm EST: The Irish government has today announced new public health measures, including the requirement for negative COVID tests when entering the country effective this Friday, and mask-wearing guidelines for children. You can read more here.

Update 10:20 am EST: There have been 1,585 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 318,947 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 11,328 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,737,964 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 4,285,284 lab-reported tests, and 1,118,585 rapid lateral flow tests. 

29 of Northern Ireland’s 95 ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients. 23 COVID patients are ventilated.

Two more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,875. One of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 29 - 10 am November 30, while one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of November 30, there have been 3,030,662 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,368,796 were first doses, 1,271,490 were second doses, 16,539 were third doses, and 373,837 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann has confirmed a major expansion of NI’s COVID-19 vaccination programme to help meet current and forthcoming demand for booster doses.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) today recommended the phased extension of the booster programme to all adult age groups.

It advised that boosters should now be offered to everyone aged 18 and over in order of descending age groups, with priority given to the vaccination of older adults and those in COVID-19 at-risk groups. Booster vaccination can now be given from three months of completion of the primary course.

Minister Swann said today: “I would again urge people not to be put off getting their first, second or booster doses due to concerns or speculation about the Omicron variant.

“It remains very likely that vaccination will continue to protect against severe illness from Omicron as it does against other variants of SARS-CoV-2.

“In addition, our vaccines provide very good protection against the Delta variant, which remains the predominant strain in Northern Ireland at this point.”

November 29

Update 1:30 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 4,607 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 564,657. 

There are currently 579 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 115 patients requiring intensive care. 

A total of 7,413,414 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland to date, excluding booster vaccinations. 

A total of 3,555,917 people have received two doses of the vaccine, while a further 236,413 have received the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. 

There have also been 779,596 booster vaccinations administered in Ireland to date. 

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said on Monday that the high incidence rate of COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on the Irish health service. 

"We are still seeing a concerning number of people who are in hospital and require critical care for Covid-19," Holohan said. 

"This wave of infection is driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant of Covid-19.

"We know that the news of the Omicron variant is causing some concern. However, we also know how to break the chains of transmission of Covid-19 - these measures have worked against previous variants of Covid-19, they can successfully suppress transmission of the Delta variant and we are optimistic that they will work against the Omicron variant."

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,464 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 317,362.

The Department also announced four further COVID-19 deaths on Monday as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 2,873.

There are currently 340 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with 28 requiring intensive care. 

Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 100%, while there are 32 outbreaks in care homes across the region. 

A total of 3,012,036 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland, with 1,257,405 receiving two doses of the vaccine. 

November 28

Update 12:10 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 3,735 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland 560,054. 

There are currently 566 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 117 ICU patients have tested positive for the virus. 

Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said that it is not yet known if there are any cases of the new Omicron variant in Ireland. 

“We do a lot of testing, and it hasn't been picked up yet, as far as I understand,” Ryan told RTÉ’s The Week in Politics. 

Ryan said that it will take up to three weeks to determine whether the new variant increases transmission and sickness.

Three cases of the variant have been identified in the UK to date. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,405 new cases of COVID-19 and two further deaths, taking the regions death toll to 2,869. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

November 27

Update 9:30 am EST: The Department of Health 4,791 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 556,319.

There are currently 536 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 121 ICU patients have tested positive for the virus. 

There were 640 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals at the same time last week, while 65 people have been discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,482 new cases of the virus and two further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,867.

Only limited figures are reported in northern Ireland on weekends.

November 26

Update 1:30 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 4,620 new cases of the coronavirus. 

There are currently 571 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 118 ICU patients have tested positive for the virus. 

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said that the COVID-19 situation in Ireland remains “vulnerable”. 

Minister of Health Stephen Donnelly announced on Friday morning that COVID-19 booster shots will be offered to everyone over the age of 16. 

The booster program had previously been confined to people over the age of 50 and people with lowered immune systems. 

However, the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has now recommended booster shots for everyone over the age of 16, starting with pregnant women and people aged between 40 and 49 followed by those aged between 16 and 39 in descending order. 

Booster shots can be administered to anyone who received the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least five months ago. 

They can be administered to anyone who received the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine at least three months ago. 

Anyone has tested positive for COVID-19 since getting the vaccine should wait at least since months since the infection was diagnosed before receiving their booster shot, Donnelly confirmed. 

The HSE announced on Thursday that it is preparing to vaccinate children aged between five and 11 after the EU’s drug regulator approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine in that age cohort. 

The European Medicines Agency has said that children under the age of 12 should receive a lower dosage than teenagers or adults, paving the way for NIAC to prepare for the rollout of the vaccine amongst children in Ireland. 

Earlier on Friday, the European Commission said that it was proposing a ban on travel from southern Africa due to the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant, which the World Health Organization has labelled Omicron. 

Tanáiste Leo Varadkar has said that Ireland will “act quickly” against the new variant. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 2,004 new cases of the virus and nine further deaths, taking the region’s death toll to 2,865. 

There are currently 370 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 33 ICU patients have tested positive for the virus. 

Northern Ireland’s hospital occupancy currently stands at 102%, while there are 33 active outbreaks in Northern Irish care homes. 

A total of 2,986,203 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date. 

November 25

Update 1:30 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 4,764 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 546,909. 

There are currently 598 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 126 patients in ICU have tested positive for the virus. 

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said that there have been 62,401 cases of the virus have been reported in Ireland over the past two weeks and said that the country's incidence rate remains "concerningly high". 

He called on people to make every effort to curb the spread of infection.

"Covid-19 spreads when an infected person is in close proximity to other people. The best way we can stop Covid spreading to the people we meet is by meeting fewer people and avoiding crowds." 

As of November 24, 7,401,001 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland excluding booster shots. 

A total of 3,549,637 people have been received two doses of the vaccine, while 236,374 people have received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

Meanwhile, 666,137 booster vaccines have also been administered in Ireland. 

Elsewhere, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,549 new cases of the virus and five further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,856.

A total of 31,007 cases of the virus have been reported in the region to date. 

There are currently 395 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals, with 35 patients in ICU. Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 104%, while there are currently 33 outbreaks of the virus in nursing homes. 

A total of 2,970,748 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland. 

November 24

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

  • 3,893 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 611 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 132 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 542,146 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Tuesday, November 23. There have been 5,652 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, November 24. 43 deaths were newly notified in the week preceding today’s weekly update.

As of Tuesday, November 23, there have been 7,468,246 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,613,243 people have received their first dose
  • 236,372 people have received a single dose
  • 3,546,495 people have received their second dose
  • 72,136 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Approximately 1 in 7 adults in the last week have had flu-like, cold-like, or COVID-like symptoms.

"The most important action you can take if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19 is to self-isolate immediately. This means staying indoors and avoiding contact with other people, including, in so far as possible, those you live with. Arrange to take a PCR test, not an antigen test, and continue to self-isolate while you wait for your test and the results.

"I understand this is difficult, but in order to avoid passing COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses on to your friends, family or work colleagues, rapidly self-isolating as soon as symptoms begin is the most important thing you can do.

"It’s also important to remember you still need to isolate for as long as you're symptomatic, and until 48 hours after your symptoms have settled, even if your PCR did not detect COVID-19."

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive, said today: “We're surging up on ICU beds & managing huge pressures all across healthcare. 5,800 staff now out on Covid related absence.”

210,000 #COVID19 lab tests completed in the past 7 days.600,000 boosters & 3rd doses administered now.We're surging up on ICU beds & managing huge pressures all across healthcare. 5,800 staff now out on Covid related absence. The public's understanding is appreciated. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) November 24, 2021

Update 11:25 am EST: There have been 1,931 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 309,458 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 11,704 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,712,554 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 4,199,773 lab-reported tests, and 1,077,845 rapid lateral flow tests. 

36 of Northern Ireland’s 99 ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients. 25 COVID patients are ventilated.

Four more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,851. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 23 - 10 am November 24.

As of November 24, there have been 2,952,297 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,359,404 were first doses, 1,263,765 were second doses, 15,847 were third doses, and 313,281 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

November 23

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

  • 3,666 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 638 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 130 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 538,255 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Sunday, November 21. There have been 5,609 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, November 17.

As of Monday, November 22, there have been 7,460,719 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,610,882 people have received their first dose
  • 236,359 people have received a single dose
  • 3,544,750 people have received their second dose
  • 68,728 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "We know that the level of worry has increased to levels last seen in April this year.

"We know what we are asking people to do to help suppress the spread of disease in our communities is very difficult. If we all make a concerted effort it can make a difference.

"Our research tells us that people are listening to the public health advice and are reducing the number of people they are planning to meet, and are cancelling social events, to reduce their contacts.

"Over the coming weeks, focus on these five actions to reduce your risk and keep yourself and your loved ones safe:

  1. If you have cold or flu like symptoms, isolate immediately and get a PCR test, not an antigen test
  2. Prioritise who you need to meet
  3. Meet others outdoors and open windows when indoors
  4. Wear a mask properly
  5. Use the right test and understand what the test result means

Update 11:40 am EST: The Northern Ireland Executive has today issued a statement calling for action on COVID to reduce pressure on hospitals and keep society and the economy open. You can read more here.

Update 10:45 am EST: There have been 1,476 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 307,527 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 11,502 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,707,656 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 4,181,089 lab-reported tests, and 1,072,620 rapid lateral flow tests. 

33 of Northern Ireland’s 99 ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients. 25 COVID patients are ventilated.

Four more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,847. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 22 - 10 am November 23.

As of November 23, there have been 2,933,054 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,357,693 were first doses, 1,262,592 were second doses, 15,632 were third doses, and 297,137 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland is hosting another Big Jab Weekend this weekend, November 27 - 28. You can learn more here.

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November 22

Update 1:10 pm EST:  As of 6 pm today in Ireland:

  • 5,634 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 684 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 126 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 534,594 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Sunday, November 21. There have been 5,609 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, November 17.

As of Sunday, November 21, there have been 7,457,821 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,610,038 people have received their first dose
  • 236,331 people have received a single dose
  • 3,544,155 people have received their second dose
  • 67,297 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "Incidence of COVID-19 is continuing to rise, and today, we are once again reporting a concerning number of confirmed cases.

"We know that every 1,000 cases of COVID-19 will lead to 20-25 people in hospital and between 2-3 people requiring critical care in ICU. We also know that, since June of this year, 1 in 4 people who had COVID-19 and required critical care in our hospitals have sadly passed away.

"This information is not easy to hear, but it is an important reminder of the serious risk that COVID-19 continues to pose to all of us.

"We can change the trajectory of this disease by breaking the chains of transmission and the best way to do that is to continue to adhere to all the layers of the public health advice. We know that this will work, and we know that people are making many additional efforts to drive down incidence of disease in the community.

"Our latest data from Amárach is showing that almost 57% of people are reducing the number of people they plan to meet between now and Christmas and 45% have cancelled plans.

"We can also see that the level of compliance with the Digital COVID Cert has increased by almost 10% to 85%.

"None of this is easy, particularly at this time of year. However, the data above shows that people are making a concerted effort to reduce their risk. If we can keep this going, it will have a positive impact on disease transmission.

"As such, it is important to continue to follow all of the public health advice:

  • if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms at all, isolate immediately and get a PCR test, not an antigen test
  • prioritise who you need to meet and meet others outdoors
  • open windows when indoors
  • avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces
  • wash your hands regularly
  • wear a mask

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is encouraging the public to “layer up” in the fight agaisnt COVID:

We can continue to protect ourselves and others from #COVID19 infection this winter.

We need to #LayerUp our protections - vaccines and boosters, reducing our contacts, social distancing, masks, ventilation and avoiding high risk activities. #ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/NtlvI5VXJZ

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) November 22, 2021

Update 11:20 am EST: There have been 1,469 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 306,051 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 11,930 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,703,888 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 4,169,369 lab-reported tests, and 1,066,158 rapid lateral flow tests. 

36 of Northern Ireland’s 103 ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients. 26 COVID patients are ventilated.

Three more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,843. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 21 - 10 am November 22.

As of November 22, there have been 2,916,048 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,356,343 were first doses, 1,261,448 were second doses, 15,263 were third doses, and 282,994 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

November 21

Update 9:30 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 4,181 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Ireland to 528,964. 

There are currently 668 people in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 125 people in ICU have tested positive for the virus. 

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said on Sunday that Irish people can change the trajectory of the disease by making small changes.

"We can change the trajectory of this disease. Small changes, by all of us, will make a big difference collectively." 

However, he said that the current rate of infection was placing a huge burden on Irish health services.

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,406 new cases of the virus and seven further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,833.

A total of 2,907,848 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date. 

Only limited figures are reported in the region on weekends. 

November 20

Update 9:20 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 5,959 new cases of the coronavirus.

There are currently 640 people in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 121 people in ICU have tested positive for the virus. 

Dr. Cillian de Gascun, who is chair of NPHET's Expert Advisory Group, told RTÉ Radio 2 that Ireland cannot afford to continue on the same trajectory with COVID-19. 

De Gascun encouraged people to continue practising the public health measures that have been in place for almost two years.

"We know that the public health measures that people have been practising over the last two years will be effective against this virus," he said.

"The problem is that we have to do them better and do them for a longer period of time to get the same benefit with Delta as we would have had with the original virus back in 2020, and even with Alpha around the start of the new year." 

De Gascun said that he wasn't criticizing people but added that people needed to reduce their "discretionary contacts". 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,846 new cases of the coronavirus and six further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,826. 

A total of 2,902,394 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date. 

Only limited figures are reported in the region on weekends. 

November 19

Update 1:10 pm EST: As of 5:45 pm today in Ireland:

  • 3,138 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 643 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 118 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 515,691 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Wednesday, November 17. There have been 5,609 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, November 17.

As of Wednesday, November 17, there have been 7,435,732 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,603,627 people have received their first dose
  • 236,310 people have received a single dose
  • 3,534,373 people have received their second dose
  • 61,422 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “Anyone who is going to get COVID-19 in December has not yet been infected. Their infection is not inevitable and there is still time to prevent it by small changes in our behaviour.

  • those of us who have symptoms must stay home, self-isolate and get a PCR test – not an antigen test.
  • all of us who are household contacts of a confirmed case need to restrict our movements and stay at home for 5 days.
  • the rest of us need to minimise our chances of coming into contact with the virus by reducing the number of people we meet and layering up on the public health advice - vaccine/booster, clean hands, masks, open windows, avoid crowds, work from home unless absolutely necessary.

Update 11:15 am EST: There have been 1,690 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 301,330 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 11,302 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,692,601 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 4,134,465 lab-reported tests, and 1,049,413 rapid lateral flow tests. 

33 of Northern Ireland’s 103 ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients. 21 COVID patients are ventilated.

Seven more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,827. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 18 - 10 am November 19.

As of November 19, there have been 2,890,873 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,354,392 were first doses, 1,259,572 were second doses, 15,573 were third doses, and 261,336 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

For travel into Northern Ireland, the "fully vaccinated" list has now been expanded. More information is available here on NI Direct.

Travel update✈️

The "fully vaccinated" list has now been expanded.

Visit @nidirect for more information➡️https://t.co/KLv0UAyYMb pic.twitter.com/bS2UQV48v9

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

November 18

Update 12:45 pm EST: As of 5 pm today in Ireland:

  • 4,650 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 643 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 118 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 515,691 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Wednesday, November 17. There have been 5,609 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, November 17.

As of Wednesday, November 17, there have been 7,435,732 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,603,627 people have received their first dose
  • 236,310 people have received a single dose
  • 3,534,373 people have received their second dose
  • 61,422 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Approximately 1 in 6 people in Ireland experienced COVID-like symptoms such as cough, sore throat, high temperature or other flu-like symptoms in the past week.

"The single most important action you can take if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19 is to self-isolate and arrange a PCR test – not an antigen test. If you want to avoid passing COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses on to your friends, family or work colleagues, rapidly self-isolating as soon as your symptoms begin is the most important thing you can do."

You can learn more about COVID symptoms here.

Ireland’s Department of Health today published this explainer on when and when not to use an antigen test.

No symptoms of #COVID19? Antigen tests may be used as an additional protective measure

➕antigen test - isolate & get a PCR test
➖antigen test - you may still have the virus; keep up other protective measures

Symptoms? Isolate & get a PCR test; do NOT use/rely on antigen tests pic.twitter.com/7O9EtKSS0O

— Department of Health (@roinnslainte) November 18, 2021

Also today, a new portal has been launched which enables all Irish passport-holders who were vaccinated outside of the EU to apply for an EU Digital COVID Certificate. You can access the new self-service portal online here.

Update 12:35 pm EST: There have been 1,681 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 299,640 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 11,122 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,688,054 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 4,116,265 lab-reported tests, and 1,043,844 rapid lateral flow tests. 

34 of Northern Ireland’s 103 ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients. 22 COVID patients are ventilated.

Six more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,820. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 17 - 10 am November 18.

As of November 18, there have been 2,871,669 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,351,919 were first doses, 1,258,632 were second doses, 15,244 were third doses, and 245,874 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann has today unveiled the latest plans to accelerate the roll-out of COVID vaccine boosters and further increase first dose take-up.

Forthcoming vaccination initiatives in Northern Ireland include:

  • A dedicated walk-in clinic weekend for young people on November 27 and 28, providing first doses for 12-17 year olds (see notes below for full details). This will complement the school vaccination programme which is now in its most intensive period.
  • A number of pharmacists are planning to provide a weekend of additional walk-in clinics for all those eligible for booster, first and second doses on December 4 and 5. Further details will be announced next week.
  • Trust vaccination hubs will be offering first doses for everyone aged 12 and over; as well as booster doses for the 40-49-year-old age group who are at least 6 months from their second dose. These hubs will be rolled out on a phased basis, with two major locations already up and running with immediate effect and others operational across Northern Ireland by late November/start of December.

Minister Swann said: “People are still coming forward for first doses and there are indications that demand for first doses is increasing again. Within the past week alone, community pharmacies administered in the region of 1,000 first doses to people aged 18 and over. The planned programme of additional walk-in clinics will help meet demand for first doses, as well as for boosters.

“Overall, the vaccination programme provided 97,000 jabs in the last week. We owe a great debt of gratitude to everyone involved in making this happen.

“It should be remembered that this vaccination programme is being delivered by a health and social care system experiencing the most sustained and severe pressures in its history.”

Health Minister Robin Swann has unveiled the latest plans to accelerate the roll-out of COVID vaccine boosters and further increase first dose take-up.

READ MORE ➡️https://t.co/RSmo5hRplf pic.twitter.com/vm0RYxwKd4

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

November 17

Update 1:35 pm EST:  As of 5:30 pm today in Ireland:

  • 3,633 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 634 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 119 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 511,045 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Tuesday, November 16. There have been 5,609 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, November 17. 43 deaths were newly notified in the week preceding today’s update.

As of Tuesday, November 16, there have been 7,431,044 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,602,023 people have received their first dose
  • 236,299 people have received a single dose
  • 3,533,160 people have received their second dose
  • 59,562 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Update 11:55 am EST: Northern Ireland is set to adopt a mandatory COVID vaccine passport scheme for entry into pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, and large events after proposals received majority support in Stormont today. Northern Ireland’s Department of Health is now due to produce a paper with more details on the matter tonight or tomorrow. More details as they become available.

Update 11:25 am EST: There have been 1,848 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 297,959 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 10,889 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,683,784 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 4,099,714 lab-reported tests, and 1,037,838 rapid lateral flow tests. 

33 of Northern Ireland’s 105 ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients. 26 COVID patients are ventilated.

12 more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,814. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 16 - 10 am November 17.


https://covid-19.hscni.net/ni-covid-19-vaccinations-dashboard/

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/get-covid-19-vaccination-northern-ireland

https://vaccinations.covid-19.hscni.net/booking

As of November 17, there have been 2,849,952 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,349,159 were first doses, 1,257,5405 were second doses, 14,428 were third doses, and 228,600 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has today published updated statistics on vaccination and hospitalisation for the period between October 11 and November 7.

Hospital Admissions 

  • 70% of adult COVID-19 inpatients aged under 50 are unvaccinated.  20% of COVID-19 inpatients aged 50 and over are unvaccinated. 
  • Unvaccinated individuals aged 50 and over are almost 5 times as likely to be admitted to hospital with COVID19 than fully vaccinated individuals. 
  • For adults under 50, whilst the numbers admitted to hospital are lower, an unvaccinated individual is almost 11 times as likely to need hospitalisation from COVID-19. 

Deaths

  • Unvaccinated individuals aged 50 and over are more than 4 times as likely to die than fully vaccinated individuals.  

Get your #COVID19 vaccine jab.

The Department of Health has published updated statistics on vaccination and hospitalisation.

Read➡️https://t.co/s9vdiD1J50

Find out where you can get your jab➡️https://t.co/ygDvQlhn3L pic.twitter.com/MgJJlQXgpL

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

November 16

Update 2:00 pm EST: Amid a COVID surge, a new set of health measures that come into effect this week in Ireland has been announced. You can learn more about the new health measures here.

Update 1:00 pm EST: As of 5:30 pm today in Ireland:

  • 4,407 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 614 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 114 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 507,413 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Monday, November 15. There have been 5,566 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, November 10.

As of Monday, November 15, there have been 7,427,052 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,600,553 people have received their first dose
  • 236,288 people have received a single dose
  • 3,531,995 people have received their second dose
  • 58,216 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "In the last 14 days, we have been notified of almost 55,000 cases of COVID-19. The only time we have had more cases in a 14-day period was in January this year, and, unfortunately, we do expect this figure to increase in the coming days.

"This case level is unsustainable. When incidence of disease is as high as this, we must all act as though we are close contacts and as though we are at risk of transmitting the virus to others. We are more likely to contract COVID-19 from someone we know - a friend, a work colleague, a teammate - than a stranger passing by in a shop or on the bus. Please prioritise who you need to meet.

"Over two million people are now eligible for a booster vaccine, including everyone over 50 and those aged over 16 with underlying medical conditions. It is important that you attend for your booster appointment as soon as it is offered to you. Given the risk to you from the current force of infection in the community, it is really important that you minimise, as much as possible, your social contacts, while waiting for your booster.

"Family and friends of all those who will soon be called for a booster should also continue to follow the public health advice. This is the best way to protect your loved one."

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today announced updates to the country’s COVID-19 Vaccination programme as per recommendations made by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO). The CMO has endorsed these recommendations.

The NIAC has recommended that a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine now be offered to:

  • all those aged 16-59 years who have an underlying condition*
  • all residents in long-term healthcare facilities, irrespective of age, many if not all of whom will have an underlying condition
  • all those aged 50 to 59 years who have completed their primary course with any COVID-19 vaccine

As per previous booster dose recommendations, the additional dose will be given at least five months following completion of the primary vaccination schedule.

If a person in a group for whom a booster dose is recommended has had laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection after a completed primary vaccine course (that is, a breakthrough infection), the booster dose should be delayed for at least six months after the COVID-19 infection was diagnosed.

I'm announcing updates to the COVID-19 Vaccination programme. Boosters will be offered to all those aged 50-59, all remaining residents in healthcare facilities not covered previously, all those aged 16+ with underlying conditions.#ForUsAll #BoostersWork https://t.co/0dXz7TUtsa pic.twitter.com/A4yFleLnel

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) November 16, 2021

Update 9:50 am EST: There have been 1,698 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 296,111 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 10,653 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,679,254 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 4,081,555 lab-reported tests, and 1,033,751 rapid lateral flow tests. 

35 of Northern Ireland’s 103 ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients. 26 COVID patients are ventilated.

Five more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,802. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 15 - 10 am November 16.

As of November 16, there have been 2,831,525 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,347,213 were first doses, 1,256,509 were second doses, 14,242 were third doses, and 213,561 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Update 9:00 am EST: The Irish government is expected to announce later today that Irish hospitality - pubs, clubs, and restaurants - will be subject to an earlier curfew of midnight effective this Thursday.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is due to give an address at 6pm Irish time today.

November 15

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

  • 4,570 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 622 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 117 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 498,448 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Saturday, November 13. There have been 5,566 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, November 10.

As of Saturday, November 13, there have been 7,424,445 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,599,087 people have received their first dose
  • 236,282 people have received a single dose
  • 3,531,343 people have received their second dose
  • 57,733 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

The number of people in hospital in Ireland has now reached its highest level since February 2021. Dublin’s Mater Hospital has moved to ICU Surge capacity.

Dr. Colman O’Loughlin, President of the Intensive Care Society of Ireland, said on RTE’s Today with Claire Byrne: “It is capacity levels. We are borrowing, begging, stealing capacity anywhere we can.”

He added: “The last few times I’ve talked to you, I tried to reassure people that we were coping, I just can’t say that at the moment. The background to all of this is a lack of visibility of how this is going to turn around, that’s a concern.”

Ireland’s sub-committee on COVID-19 is set to meet tonight, and a full Cabinet meeting is set to take palace tomorrow, November 16.

Update 11:25 am EST: There have been 1,457 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 294,413 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 10,490 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,675,011 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 4,068,152 lab-reported tests, and 1,027,305 rapid lateral flow tests. 

37 of Northern Ireland’s 102 ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients. 28 COVID patients are ventilated.

Five more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,797. Four of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 14 - 10 am November 15, while one death occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of November 15, there have been 2,814,862 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,344,980 were first doses, 1,255,645 were second doses, 13,795 were third doses, and 200,442 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann has welcomed the JCVI recommendation to extend the COVID-19 vaccine booster to the 40-49-year-old age group. The JCVI has also recommended that 16-and-17 year olds be offered a second vaccination dose.

Minister Swann said: “Both of today’s recommendations will be implemented in Northern Ireland, in line with our policy of following JCVI guidance.

“I know the expansion of the booster programme will be very welcome news to those in the 40-49-year-old age bracket.

“I am pleased to see our numbers for booster and third doses accelerating. As I have said, I want to see the total climb further and faster.

“I intend to announce very shortly the first in a series of initiatives to complement current vaccination work. These initiatives will include a further programme of walk-in and pop-up clinics - for booster doses, as well as vaccination opportunities for 12-17-year-olds, and for first and second doses generally.

“I would again urge people who have not yet come forward for their first dose to do so without further delay. Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect each other and support our health service during what will be an incredibly tough winter.”

Today's important #COVID19 vaccine update, following JCVI recommendations to:

💉Extend the #COVIDBooster vaccine to 40-49 year olds.

💉Offer a second dose vaccine to 16-17 year olds.

Read➡️https://t.co/CfDuBrrQFF pic.twitter.com/JZglghquyH

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) November 15, 2021

November 14

Update 10 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 3,805 new cases of the coronavirus. 

There have been 5,566 COVID-19 deaths, including possible and probably deaths, as of Wednesday, November 10. 

There are currently 582 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 106 patients in ICU have tested positive for the virus. 

Professor Luke O'Neill, who teaches immunology at Trinity College Dublin, said that further restrictions may be needed to help curb the spread of the virus. 

"Sadly, we are heading in the wrong direction," he told RTÉ News. 

However, O'Neill said that it would be "far too dramatic" to introduce another lockdown. 

He also called for widespread antigen testing in homes across the country to help deal with the current outbreak of the virus. 

"This could be another weapon used to control this virus and we should have done it sooner," he said. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,377 new cases and five further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,792. 

A total of 2,808,111 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends.

November 13

Update 12:30 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 4,642 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 494,643.

There have been 5,566 COVID-19 deaths, including possible and probably deaths, as of Wednesday, November 10. 

There are currently 556 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 107 patients in ICU have tested positive for the virus. 

It represents the highest number of patients in ICU since March 3 during the third wave of the pandemic.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said on Twitter that current transmission rates were among the highest for the whole pandemic and urged people to avoid taking risks when leaving their homes. 

"Before you leave the house, think about the number of people you are going to meet, and the risk associated with the activities you have planned," Holohan said on Twitter. 

"Keep your contacts low and avoid crowds; Wear a mask correctly; Meet outside if possible; Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces; Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene."

HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said on Twitter that it was everyone's responsibility to "turn this around". 

"The virus is now prolific in most communities and nobody wants to be the next hospitalised case," Reid said.

"An immediate reduction by all of us of risk activities is needed to turn this around." 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,806 new cases of the virus and three further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,787. 

A total of 2,801,975 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

November 12

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

  • 5,483 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 549 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 96 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 490,001 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Thursday, November 11. There have been 5,566 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, November 10.

As of Wednesday, November 10, there have been 7,410,468 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,593,212 people have received their first dose
  • 236,262 people have received a single dose
  • 3,525,916 people have received their second dose
  • 55,078 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Today we are reporting one of our highest ever daily figures of confirmed cases of COVID-19. This is another indication of the very significant increase in the incidence of disease in almost all age groups across the population.

"As we look ahead to the weekend, we need to continue to make every effort we can to drive down incidence of disease and break the chains of transmission. Before you leave the house, think about the number of people you are going to meet, and the risk associated with the activities you have planned. The following simple measures can reduce this risk:

  • keep your contacts low and avoid crowds
  • wear a mask correctly
  • meet outside if possible
  • avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces
  • practise good hand and respiratory hygiene

"Vaccines remain extraordinarily effective against severe disease, and the vast majority of people with COVID-19 are experiencing mild symptoms. However, the outcome for any one individual who is diagnosed with COVID-19 is uncertain and it remains vital that we all continue to adhere to the public health advice in order to protect ourselves and our families.

"There are currently 549 people in hospital, 96 people are receiving critical care and this disease continues to have a very significant impact on families, communities and across the health service.

"If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should assume that you have this virus, self-isolate immediately and arrange a test. Do not assume that it’s just a cough or a cold."

Dr. Holohan, in a letter to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, has recommended that “the Government consider re-instating previous advice to work from home where possible.”

NEW: Letter from CMO to Minister for Health re COVID-19 - 11 November 2021 https://t.co/OfZ4ek9COx

— Department of Health (@roinnslainte) November 12, 2021

Citing Dr. Holohan’s latest letter, Minister Donnelly today said that the Expert Advisory Group on Rapid Testing has recommended the regular use of antigen testing by individuals who engage in activities including attending bars, restaurants, nightclubs, the cinema, multi-household visits, contact sports, and car-sharing.

You can learn more about COVID testing in Ireland here.

The Expert Advisory Group on Rapid Testing chaired by @profmaryhorgan has recommended the regular use of antigen testing by individuals who engage in activities including attending bars, restaurants, nightclubs, the cinema, multi household visits, contact sports and car sharing

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) November 12, 2021

Update 11:40 am EST: There have been 1,087 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 289,773 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 8,923 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,664,143 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 4,035,910 lab-reported tests, and 1,011,389 rapid lateral flow tests. 

34 of Northern Ireland’s 104 ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients. 27 COVID patients are ventilated.

Two more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,784. Both of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 11 - 10 am November 12.

As of November 12, there have been 2,790,786 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,342,676 were first doses, 1,254,145 were second doses, 13,263 were third doses, and 180,702 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health is encouraging people to take Rapid Tests and report their results. You can learn more here.

Are you planning to meet up with friends and family this weekend? Protect those closest to you and take a Rapid Test.

Report every result - positive, negative or void - to help scientists spot outbreaks quickly.

Order or collect your tests today➡️https://t.co/IQNL0XGKg8 pic.twitter.com/gWPtzgP0j1

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

November 11

Update 12:25 pm EST: As of 4 pm today in Ireland:

  • 3,680 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 543 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 97 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 484,523 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Wednesday, November 10. There have been 5,566 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, November 10.

As of Wednesday, November 10, there have been 7,410,468 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,593,212 people have received their first dose
  • 236,262 people have received a single dose
  • 3,525,916 people have received their second dose
  • 55,078 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Update 11:20 am EST: There have been 1,462 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 288,686 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 9,030 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,660,962 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 4,022,624 lab-reported tests, and 1,006,092 rapid lateral flow tests. 

37 of Northern Ireland’s 108 ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients. 30 COVID patients are ventilated.

Six more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,782. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 10 - 10 am November 11.

As of November 11, there have been 2,773,870 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,340,618 were first doses, 1,252,813 were second doses, 13,102 were third doses, and 168,337 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

November 10

Update 11:45 am EST: As of 2 pm today in Ireland:

  • 2,975 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 551 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 89 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

(NPHET notes: A technical issue impacted processing on CIDR on 9 November 2021 resulting in an artificially low number of notifications. Once the technical issue is resolved, cases will be processed and reflected in notifications in the coming days.)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 480,846 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Tuesday, November 9. There have been 5,566 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, November 10. 74 deaths were newly notified in the week preceding today’s update.

As of Tuesday, November 9, there have been 7,406,672 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,591,584 people have received their first dose
  • 236,253 people have received a single dose
  • 3,524,598 people have received their second dose
  • 54,237 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "A pandemic can be a long and exhausting experience and I am aware that we are all tired of this virus – but the reality is that the virus is here and is circulating at too high a level.

"The virus moves when we are in close contact with a COVID positive person. This person could be a family member, a friend, a colleague or a stranger. It could be someone with no symptoms who is fully vaccinated.

"The action needed now is for all of us to reduce our social contacts and give the virus less opportunity to spread. Reduce the people you intend to meet this week by half. If we all do this collectively, we can suppress current levels of infection."

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "The high incidence of COVID-19 in the community is concerning but there are simple steps we can take to protect ourselves from COVID-19.

"Firstly, COVID-19 vaccines are providing excellent protection against the serious effects of COVID-19 and if you are yet to come forward for vaccination, you can still do so in your local pharmacy, GP or by booking online.

"When around other people from outside your household, whether you know them or not, be sure to layer up on your protection by wearing a face covering, washing/sanitising your hands frequently, keeping your distance, meet up outdoors where possible, and ensure indoor spaces are well ventilated. You have the power to protect yourself and stop the onward spread."

Professor Karina Butler, Chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, said today: "Each week, we are continuing to see people who have not received any dose of COVID-19 vaccine come forward for their vaccine. We are delighted to see this and I would encourage anyone who is yet to receive a COVID-19 vaccine to do so as soon as possible. Our vaccination clinics across the country are open and ready to welcome you.

"If you are pregnant, please be assured that the benefits to you and to your baby of receiving a COVID-19 far outweigh the risks. If you have concerns, then speak to your trusted clinician - be that your GP, obstetric team or midwife. They are the people most familiar with your medical background and are in the best position to offer advice particular to your own situation."

Dr. Cillian De Gascun, Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory and Medical Virologist, said today: "As we socialise indoors more often over the winter months it is important to be aware of how COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses spread and how you can limit the risk of transmission. Ventilation is very important if socialising indoors – ensure windows are open and air is circulating. Keep social distance of 2m where possible and use face coverings. All of this combined with vaccination, hand hygiene and the suite of public health behaviours will protect you and limit the spread of infection."

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE), said today that 55% percent of patients in ICU are not vaccinated:

There are 551 #COVID19 patients in hospital today, 83 in ICU. 55% of patients in ICU aren't fully vaccinated. Over 250 patients are receiving enhanced supports including non invasive ventillation. Please continue to protect yourself & if unvaccinated, we're still here. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) November 10, 2021

Stephen Donnelly, Ireland’s Minister for Health, said that “We're continuing to examine booster doses for other groups.”

1.3 million people are currently getting a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. We're continuing to examine booster doses for other groups, such as those with underlying conditions and those under 60. Boosters are one part of our response. #ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/1VAfdlFiB7

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) November 10, 2021

Update 11:35 am EST: There have been 1,765 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 287,224 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 8,775 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,657,138 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 4,008,421 lab-reported tests, and 1,000,746 rapid lateral flow tests. 

36 of Northern Ireland’s 105 ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients. 28 COVID patients are ventilated.

Seven more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,776. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 9 - 10 am November 10.

As of November 10, there have been 2,756,029 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,338,808 were first doses, 1,251,729 were second doses, 12,703 were third doses, and 152,789 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has today announced plans to further increase booster vaccine take-up in the region.

Health Minister Robin Swann said today: “While the welcome increase in booster numbers reflects very hard work by a health system under severe pressure, I want to see the total climb further and faster.

“I have tasked officials with developing further initiatives to complement the current work. I am pleased to report that these are being finalised and should include a programme of walk-in and pop-up clinics - for booster doses, as well as vaccination opportunities for 12-17-year-olds, and for first and second doses generally. Further details of these initiatives will be made public shortly.”

In Northern Ireland, Those who are eligible for a booster at least six months on from their second dose include:

  • those living in care homes
  • all adults aged 50 years or over
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19
  • adult carers (including foster carers)
  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals

More information is available here via NI Direct.

November 9

Update 12:55 pm EST: As of 5:30 pm today in Ireland:

  • 3,578 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 520 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 83 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

(NPHET notes: A technical issue impacted processing of COVID-19 cases on CIDR on November 2, 2021. Given the impact on CIDR notifications, the daily case numbers reported between November 3 and 8 were based on SARS-CoV-2 results uploaded to the COVID Care Tracker. These data were provisional. Daily case reporting of notified cases on CIDR has recommenced today. The total number of notified cases on CIDR for the week from November 2 to midnight November 8 is 25,727. The cumulative total number of notified cases on CIDR as of midnight November 8 is 477,878.)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 477,878 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Monday, November 8. There have been 5,492 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, November 3.

As of Monday, November 8, there have been 7,403,271 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,590,040 people have received their first dose
  • 236,245 people have received a single dose
  • 3,523,488 people have received their second dose
  • 53,498 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Today we are reporting 3,578 cases of COVID-19, with 520 cases in hospital and 83 in ICU.

"We have reported over 44,000 cases in the past 14 days. The volume of disease in the community is really very high and represents a significant risk to those who are most vulnerable in our society.

"We need to continue to use all of the tools available to us to protect ourselves and others. By layering all of the public health measures with which we are now so familiar, we can help to break the chains of transmission. Ensure that you are washing your hands regularly, wearing a mask on public transport and in other social settings, try to meet others outdoors, and ensure that indoor spaces are well-ventilated. And of course, it remains essential that anyone with symptoms isolates and gets tested."

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today noted the decline of COVID incidence in the older population:

Continued decline of Covid incidence in our older population is likely to be at least partly attributable to booster vaccination, alongside continuing adherence to public health measures. We must all continue our efforts to keep everyone safe. #ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/eF1oAAHZ1q

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) November 9, 2021

Update 11:10 am EST: There have been 1,228 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 285,459 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 8,184 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,652,876 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 3,990,312 lab-reported tests, and 997,145 rapid lateral flow tests. 

39 of Northern Ireland’s 106 ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients. 28 COVID patients are ventilated.

Seven more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,769. Six of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 8 - 10 am November 9, while one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of November 9, there have been 2,741,091 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,337,018 were first doses, 1,250,850 were second doses, 12,468 were third doses, and 140,755 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has today announced a number of changes to international travel, including the recognition of additional vaccines for the fully vaccinated policy and confirmation that under 18s will be treated as fully vaccinated.

The Department said today: “Following a public health assessment, international travellers vaccinated with vaccines on level 4 of the Vaccine Recognition Framework of the World Health Organisation Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) will now be recognised as fully vaccinated when arriving into Northern Ireland.

“From 4am on 22 November, passengers vaccinated with a full course of the Sinovacm, Sinopharm Beijing and Coraxin vaccines will be treated as fully vaccinated. These vaccines will be added to the list of the currently recognised Oxford / AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen vaccines.

“This means that individuals vaccinated with a full course of any of the above named vaccines will not need to self-isolate. However they must:

complete a UK Passenger Locator Form on arrival or in the 48 hours before arrival in Northern Ireland
before travelling, book and pay for either a day two PCR or LFD test to be taken on or before day two following your arrival in Northern Ireland

“In addition, every international arrival under the age of 18 who is travelling or returning to Northern Ireland from a non-red list country will also be treated as being fully vaccinated. Currently only those under the age of 18 who are residents of the UK or from certain non red-list countries are deemed as fully vaccinated.

Further details are available on NI Direct.

Travel update ✈️

A number of changes to international travel have been announced, including the recognition of additional vaccines for the fully vaccinated policy and confirmation that under 18s will be treated as fully vaccinated.

➡️https://t.co/tcw4P7f5OC pic.twitter.com/cemjDzOQcb

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

November 8

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

  • 3,161 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 498 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 78 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

(NPHET notes: A technical issue impacted processing of COVID-19 cases on CIDR on 2 November 2021. Given the impact on CIDR notifications, the daily case numbers reported since 3 November are based on SARS-CoV-2 results uploaded to the COVID Care Tracker. These data are provisional and do not represent notified cases. The technical issue has been resolved and daily case reporting through CIDR will recommence in the coming days.)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 472,547 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Sunday, November 7. There have been 5,492 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, November 3.

As of Sunday, November 7, there have been 7,401,810 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,589,465 people have received their first dose
  • 236,241 people have received a single dose
  • 3,522,986 people have received their second dose
  • 53,118 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Today we are reporting 3,161 cases of COVID-19 and 498 hospitalisations, with 78 of those patients in ICU. We know that vaccination provides our strongest defence against severe illness and hospitalisation. I encourage anyone who has yet to be vaccinated to come forward for vaccination. It is not too late to become part of our vaccinated pool of people and your participation in the COVID-19 vaccine programme will be welcomed.

"We are now also boosting and offering a third vaccine dose to healthcare workers and people over the age of 60. We are beginning to see encouraging signs, in the decreasing levels of infection among those age groups that have received their booster dose. The importance of coming forward cannot be overstated. If it is time for your booster, please come forward to receive that booster.

"Finally, I would also like to note that the flu (influenza) vaccine programme is currently open and I encourage people of all ages to avail of it. Children are twice as likely to get the flu than adults. Children are also more likely than adults to get severe complications of flu. The flu vaccine will help protect your child against flu and reduce the spread of flu to others such as siblings, parents and grandparents. Children and young people aged 2 to 17 can get the nasal flu vaccine for free.

"Please continue to practise basic public health interventions to limit the spread of disease this winter - washing our hands, opening windows, wearing masks and most importantly, staying home when we have symptoms. These simple measures are very successful at breaking the chains of transmission of disease."

Update 11:20 am EST: There have been 1,028 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 284,231 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 8,215 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,649,528 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 3,978,533 lab-reported tests, and 992,024 rapid lateral flow tests. 

44 of Northern Ireland’s 102 ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients. 31 COVID patients are ventilated.

11 more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,762. Ten of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 7 - 10 am November 8, while one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

November 7

Update 11:30 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 3,428 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Ireland to 469,386. 

There are currently 475  patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 75 ICU patients have tested positive for the virus. 

The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,035 new cases of the virus and four further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,751. 

A total of 2,722,452 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date.

Only limited figures are released in Northern Ireland on weekends.  

November 6

Update 12 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 3,685 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 465,958.

There are currently 444 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 74 ICU patients have tested positive for the virus. 

There are 19 fewer COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals and two fewer in ICU compared to the same time yesterday.

As of Thursday, November 4, a total of 7,341,341 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland with 3,519,855 people receiving two doses and 236,236 people receiving the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

More than 88% of the Irish population above the age of 12 have now been fully vaccinated against the virus. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,194 new cases of the virus and six further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,747. 

A total of 2,715,731 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date. 

Only limited figures are available in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

November 5

Update 2:25 pm EST:  As of 6 pm today in Ireland:

  • 3,903 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 463 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 76 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

(NPHET notes: A technical issue impacted processing of COVID-19 cases on CIDR on 2 November 2021. Given the impact on CIDR notifications, the daily case numbers reported since 3 November are based on SARS-CoV-2 results uploaded to the COVID Care Tracker. These data are provisional and do not represent notified cases. The technical issue has been resolved and daily case reporting through CIDR will recommence in the coming days.)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 462,273 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Thursday, November 4. There have been 5,492 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, November 3.

As of Thursday, November 4, there have been 7,391,472 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,585,250 people have received their first dose
  • 236,236 people have received a single dose
  • 3,519,855 people have received their second dose
  • 50,131 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "Today we are reporting 3,903 confirmed cases of COVID-19. This is a very concerning figure and a stark reminder that this virus is highly contagious. This is not a situation any of us want to be in, but our reality remains that we are still in the midst of a global pandemic.

"Ireland has been tracking ahead of other Western European countries when it comes to this fourth wave of the pandemic. We are now starting to see a rise in incidence across the continent in line with our own recent experience. There is some good news in that the number of people per 1,000 cases requiring hospitalisation and critical care as a result of COVID-19 infection has reduced as the average age of cases is reducing and as a result of some early impact of the booster vaccination.

"While COVID-19 vaccines give good protection from serious illness and hospitalisation, we know that fully vaccinated people can still get and transmit the COVID-19 virus. However, if you are vaccinated, you are more likely than before to experience a mild form of the disease. This is the key difference between the situation we find ourselves in this winter compared to last.

"The best way we can protect ourselves and our vulnerable loved ones is, firstly, to ensure we receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to us. This includes booster doses.

"Secondly, we must protect ourselves from COVID-19 as best we can by layering up on all elements of the public health advice. These are the tools we are all so familiar with - washing hands, covering coughs, wearing masks, choosing outdoor or well-ventilated indoor activities where possible and maintaining a social distance. When planning social occasions, please keep the public health advice in mind and feel empowered to leave if you do not feel safe.

"Thirdly, if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 do not meet up with others at school, work or socially - including in your own home. Self-isolate immediately and arrange a test.

"Finally, while it is wonderful to see the continued reopening of our society, it is important that we continue to be conscious of the vulnerable people in our lives. If you socialise, be mindful of your contacts in the days after, especially consider anyone you may meet who may be immunocompromised or vulnerable to COVID-19."

Update 12:05 pm EST: There have been 1,164  new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 280,974 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 7,993 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,641,447 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 3,952,914 lab-reported tests, and 978,964 rapid lateral flow tests. 

43 of Northern Ireland’s 101 ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients. 32 COVID patients are ventilated.

Four more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,741. Three of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 4 - 10 am November 5, while one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of November 5, there have been 2,707,819 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,333,577 were first doses, 1,247,566 were second doses, 11,158 were third doses, and 115,518 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

November 4

Update 1:35 pm EST: As of 5 pm today in Ireland:

  • 3,024 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 458 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 90 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

(NPHET notes: A technical issue impacted processing of COVID-19 cases on CIDR on 2 November 2021, resulting in an artificially low number of notifications reported on CIDR on that date and an elevated count the following day, 3 November 2021.

Given the impact on CIDR notifications for these days, the daily case numbers of 3,174 and 3,024 reported on 3 and 4 November respectively are based on SARS-CoV-2 results uploaded to the COVID Care Tracker.

The technical issue has been resolved and daily case reporting through CIDR will recommence in the coming days.)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 458,370 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Wednesday, November 3. There have been 5,492 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, November 3.

As of Wednesday, November 3, there have been 7,386,220 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,583,333 people have received their first dose
  • 236,222 people have received a single dose
  • 3,518,356 people have received their second dose
  • 48,309 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today said that Ireland’s vaccination programme is “the envy of the world” and that 93% of the eligible population that stepped forward. 

THREAD: We're the envy of the world with our COVID-19 vaccine programme.

Thanks to the 93% of the eligible population that stepped forward.

The uptake has been very strong across all age groups - but we can still do more.

For those aged 12-15 - 71% have registered. pic.twitter.com/BZTdBNbAva

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) November 4, 2021

Update 11:05 am EST: There have been 1,481 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 279,810 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 8,020 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,638,257 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 3,939,833 lab-reported tests, and 974,388 rapid lateral flow tests. 

12 more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,737. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 3 - 10 am November 4.

As of November 4, there have been 2,694,799 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,331,683 were first doses, 1,246,319 were second doses, 10,549 were third doses, and 106,248 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health says now is the right time to download your vaccine certification app. It now offers separate vaccination certificates for both foreign travel and domestic use.

These QR codes provide official confirmation that you have had both your Covid-19 vaccine doses.

You no longer have to be travelling abroad within a set time period to apply.

Further information and download details are available via NI Direct, the Apple Store, and Google Play.

November 3

Update 12:40 pm EST: As of 3 pm today in Ireland:

  • 3,174 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 460 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 86 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

(NPHET notes: A technical issue impacted processing on CIDR on 02/11/2021 resulting in an artificially low number of notifications. As such, the case number reported today is based on SARS-CoV-2 results uploaded to the COVID Care Tracker. These data are provisional. The technical issue has now been resolved and cases will be processed and reflected in CIDR notifications in the coming days.)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 455,346 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Tuesday, November 2. There have been 5,492 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, November 3. 56 deaths were newly notified in the week preceding today’s update.

As of Friday, October 29, there have been 7,366,197 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,575,919 people have received their first dose
  • 236,197 people have received a single dose
  • 3,512,608 people have received their second dose
  • 41,473 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "Over the past week, incidence is increasing rapidly in those aged 19-24 years and across all adult age groups up to 75 years. This high incidence is likely associated with mid-term socialising and greater levels of social activity across communities.

"If you socialise, be mindful of your contacts in the days after, especially consider anyone you may meet who may be immunocompromised or vulnerable to COVID-19.

"If you experience symptoms isolate immediately and arrange a PCR test. Do not go to school, college, or socialise until you receive a negative result."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group said today: "Incidence is high and increasing. Test positivity has increased across all age groups. The level of socialisation in the population is at its greatest level since the pandemic began. While we have high vaccine uptake in our country, it is not the only intervention needed to suppress waves of infection. Infection prevention action in your own daily life will help limit transmission in your own circles, as well as the wider community."

Professor Martin Cormican, Clinical Lead on Infection Prevention, HSE said today: "Life is gradually getting back to normal and with most people out and about again. This helps common viruses to spread and there are a lot of different viruses about. There are things you can do to protect you and your family from catching COVID-19 and other viruses.

"The key things are to get all the recommended vaccines for you, avoid crowded indoor places when you can, keep your social circle small, wear a mask and clean your hands where recommended, keep some distance from other people when you can and ask people not to visit your home if they have a virus. If someone in the family catches a virus they can help to protect others in the house if they can keep to themselves, clean their hands and use a mask and have some ventilation as much as practical if they are in a room with others.

"Please remember that whatever type of virus you have, COVID-19, flu or something else, you need to keep away from work, school, clubs any kind of social or religious gathering until 2 days after your symptoms have gone. This is to keep you from spreading the virus to other people."

Dr. Cillian De Gascun, Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory and Medical Virologist said today: "Booster doses of vaccine have been recommended for anyone over the age of 60, anyone immunocompromised, and Healthcare Workers.

"While we know the vaccines remain very effective in protecting against severe disease and hospitalisation, recent data indicate that vaccine effectiveness in preventing infection and transmission of SARS-CoV-2 may decline over time. As such, even when vaccinated, you should continue to be mindful of your potential to transmit the virus to others, and continue to adhere to the other public health measures."

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said today that Ireland will administer about 1.3 million booster COVID vaccine doses.

We're administering around 1.3 million booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines. These are being given to the most vulnerable, because of age, the fact they are our healthcare workers or because they are immunocompromised. When you are due a booster you will be contacted. #ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/qcdCQH4vxL

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) November 3, 2021

Update 11:35 am EST: There have been 995 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 278,329 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 7,779 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,634,444 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 3,921,474 lab-reported tests, and 969,121 rapid lateral flow tests. 

Nine more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,725. Both of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 2 - 10 am November 3.

As of November 3, there have been 2,682,730 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,330,594 were first doses, 1,245,772 were second doses, 10,085 were third doses, and 96,279 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health yesterday shared these key points to know about COVID vaccine boosters. You must have completed your first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccinations at least 6 months before getting the booster vaccination. Boosters are currently being offered in Northern Ireland to:

  • those living in care homes
  • all adults aged 50 years or over
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, and adult carers 
  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals

Boosters are free in Northern Ireland, regardless of who is providing them. You can learn more about booster vaccines in Northern Ireland here.

November 2

Update 2:00 pm EST: As of 5:30 pm today in Ireland:

  • 3,726 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 493 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 90 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 452,172 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Monday, November 1. There have been 5,436 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, October 27.

As of Friday, October 29, there have been 7,366,197 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,575,919 people have received their first dose
  • 236,197 people have received a single dose
  • 3,512,608 people have received their second dose
  • 41,473 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

(*Updates of vaccination figures are paused between October 30 and November 2 due to maintenance of the HSE's vaccination information system. Updates will resume on November 3.)

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "COVID-19 is circulating widely in our community, but we have the tools to limit its spread.

"We know that vaccination is very successful at preventing severe illness and hospitalisation and I urge anyone who still needs to get their COVID-19 vaccine to do so.

"We also know that, even when vaccinated, we still need to practise basic public health interventions - washing our hands, opening windows, wearing masks and most importantly, staying home when we have symptoms. These simple measures are very successful at breaking the chains of transmission of this disease.

"As we practise all elements of the public health advice, we keep ourselves, and our communities, safe."

Yesterday, Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced that booster vaccines for Ireland’s healthcare workers will begin to be administered within a few days. Today, Minister Donnelly said he is working with the HSE and the Department of Health on a quick rollout:

Working with @roinnslainte and @HSELive today to ensure we begin the booster programme for healthcare workers as quickly as possible. pic.twitter.com/s0w6cEGLqd

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) November 2, 2021

Also today, Donnelly asked the Oireachtas to extend emergency COVID-19 powers for three more months.

Today I'm asking the Oireachtas to extend emergency COVID-19 powers for three more months. Given the disease incidence is very high and rising, we must keep our guard up, including these powers. Those who oppose this extension are behaving recklessly. pic.twitter.com/O5Myp3Ntrm

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) November 2, 2021

Update 12:35 am EST: There have been 1,114 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 277,334 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 8,087 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,631,471 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 3,909,810 lab-reported tests, and 965,168 rapid lateral flow tests. 

Two more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,716. Both of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 1 - 10 am November 2. (Note: Following validation, the total number of deaths reported on November 1, 2021 has been revised down to 2,714 from 2,715.)

As of November 2, there have been 2,672,447 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,329,893 were first doses, 1,244,920 were second doses, 9,858 were third doses, and 87,776 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

November 1

Update 1:35 pm EST: As of 5 pm today in Ireland:

  • 2,855 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 515 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 91 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 448,449 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Sunday, October 31. There have been 5,436 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, October 27.

As of Friday, October 29, there have been 7,366,197 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,575,919 people have received their first dose
  • 236,197 people have received a single dose
  • 3,512,608 people have received their second dose
  • 41,473 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Ireland’s COVID vaccination centres are closed today as the Health Service Executive (HSE) conducts “planned, essential updates to our vaccination and computing software today.” Services will resume tomorrow, November 2.

We are conducting planned, essential updates to our vaccination & computing software today. Our #COVIDVaccine centres are closed, and you will not be able to register for your vaccine as we carry out these updates. Services will resume fully tomorrow. Thank you for your patience. pic.twitter.com/gcJRk41TlG

— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) November 1, 2021

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s HSE, welcomed the number of people coming forward for vaccination in Ireland:

Positively, we continue to see a steady number of people come forward for vaccination. Over the past 6 days almost 15,000 people have come to a Vaccination Centre via an appointment or walk in. Almost 7,000 via walk in. Avg 1,800 registering per day. Its never too late. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) November 1, 2021

Update 11:50 am EST: There have been 948 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 276,220 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 8,227 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,628,230 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 3,899,104 lab-reported tests, and 960,010 rapid lateral flow tests. 

10 more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,715. Nine of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 31 - 10 am November 1, while one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of November 1, there have been 2,663,473 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,329,419 were first doses, 1,244,076 were second doses, 9,332 were third doses, and 80,646 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann has launched the first dedicated assessment and treatment services for patients with post-Covid-19 syndrome (pcs) in Northern Ireland.

Minister Swann said: The Minister said: “Establishing dedicated services for the assessment and treatment of Post-Covid-19 syndrome patients has been a priority for me.  Many people are suffering long-term effects of Covid-19 and these clinics will offer services across multiple disciplines including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and nursing.  The clinics will allow people to have a comprehensive assessment of their condition and will help them access the services and expert advice they need to support them in their recovery.”

Today sees the launch of the first dedicated assessment & treatment services for patients with post #Covid19 syndrome in NI.

Multidisciplinary assessment clinics will now be accepting referrals in all Trust areas.

Read➡️https://t.co/mgpJCusagB@WesternHSCTrust @setrust pic.twitter.com/qHRQun4iRp

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) November 1, 2021

October 31

Update 12:30 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,963 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 445,594. 

There are currently 500 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 93 ICU patients have tested positive for the virus.

HSE Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Colm Henry said that there was "no doubt" that the virus was putting Irish hospitals under pressure. 

He added that up to 3,500 Irish healthcare workers were off work due to COVID-19-related illnesses. 

However, Henry said that Ireland's vaccination program had helped blunt the conversion of cases into harmful infections.

As of October 28, a total of 7,321,145 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 3,511,230 people receiving two doses and 236,189 receiving the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,001 new cases of the virus and six further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,705.

A total of 2,659,609 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

October 30

Update 10:30 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 2,966 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 443,631.

It is the highest number of cases reported in a single day since the middle of the third wave of the virus in January. 

There are currently 470 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 92 ICU patients have tested positive for the virus.

As of October 28, a total of 7,321,145 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 3,511,230 people receiving two doses and 236,189 receiving the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,207 new cases of the virus and eight further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,699. 

A total of 2,656,176 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

October 29

Update 1:55 pm EST: As of today in Ireland:

  • 2,549 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 481 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 97 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 440,665 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Thursday, October 28. There have been 5,436 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, October 27.

As of Thursday, October 28, there have been 7,359,525 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,573,726 people have received their first dose
  • 236,189 people have received a single dose
  • 3,511,230 people have received their second dose
  • 38,380 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said today: “Today we are reporting a high number of cases across the entire population, with the highest incidence amongst 5-12 year olds. 

"While the COVID19 vaccines give high protection against severe illness, hospitalisation, and death, the way to break transmission is by following all aspects of the public health advice.

“This weekend, you can enjoy your favourite Halloween activities safely by taking some simple precautions:

"If you are having visitors over, provide hand sanitizer, open windows and try to ensure people can spread out and keep their distance from one another – avoid crowded parties.

"For trick-or-treaters, give out treats outdoors if possible. Wash or sanitize hands frequently, and before eating or handling treats.

“Neither children nor adults should go trick-or-treating or meet up with others if they have any symptoms of COVID-19, even if symptoms are minor – instead, please isolate and get a test.”

Update 11:20 am EST: There have been 1,321 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 273,064 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 8,224 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,619,202 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 3,873,442 lab-reported tests, and 944,383 rapid lateral flow tests. 

Seven more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,691. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 28 - 10 am October 29.

As of October 29, there have been 2,650,769 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,327,040 were first doses, 1,242,418 were second doses, 8,454 were third doses, and 72,857 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health today announced that from 4 am on October 31, fully vaccinated travellers will be able to take a post-arrival lateral flow test. From November 1, the remaining ‘red list’ countries will also be removed. You can learn more here.

Travel Update ✈️

From 31 October fully vaccinated travellers will be able to take a post arrival lateral flow test.

From 1 November the remaining ‘red list’ countries will also be removed.

Update ➡️https://t.co/r9KsSX2ARJ pic.twitter.com/2YvQnqsQUN

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) October 28, 2021

October 28

Update 1:05 pm EST: For the second month in a row, Ireland has topped Bloomberg's Covid Resilience Rankings. You can read more here.

Update 1:00 pm EST: As of 5:15 pm today in Ireland:

  • 2,605 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 487 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 99 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 438,124 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Tuesday, October 26. There have been 5,436 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, October 27.

As of Saturday, October 23, there have been 7,333,353 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,565,267 people have received their first dose
  • 236,148 people have received a single dose
  • 3,503,320 people have received their second dose
  • 28,618 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Update 12:40 pm EST: There have been 1,122 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 271,743 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 8,091 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,615,369 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 3,858,581 lab-reported tests, and 939,853 rapid lateral flow tests. 

Nine more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,684. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 27 - 10 am October 28.

As of October 28, there have been 2,643,224 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,325,287 were first doses, 1,241,684 were second doses, 8,108 were third doses, and 68,145 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

October 27

Update 12:10 pm EST:  As of 2:45 pm today in Ireland:

  • 1631 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 503 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 101 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 435,526 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Tuesday, October 26. There have been 5,436 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, October 27. 67 deaths were newly notified in the week preceding today’s update.

As of Saturday, October 23, there have been 7,333,353 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,565,267 people have received their first dose
  • 236,148 people have received a single dose
  • 3,503,320 people have received their second dose
  • 28,618 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “Incidence of COVID-19 is increasing at a concerning rate. The 7 day moving average is now 2,043, up from 1,138 only three weeks ago. Incidence is increasing across all age groups, highest in those aged 5-12 years.

“A combination of higher levels of social contact, a move to socialisation indoors and a collective relaxing of basic public health behaviours combined has led to this surge of infection.

“The importance of individual, institutional and sectoral attention to risk mitigation is crucial at this point. I encourage all of us to ensure we are following basic public health advice and to expect the presence of infection prevention control measures in settings we visit.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “There is no one intervention that will protect you and those around you from contracting COVID-19. We need a multi-layered approach to this disease, using all the tools we have at our disposal; vaccination, wearing a face mask, well ventilated spaces indoors, hand hygiene and cough etiquette, social distancing when appropriate and isolating at the onset of symptoms. These measures combined are the most effective way you can protect yourself and loved ones from COVID-19.”

Professor Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health, HSE West, HSE, said today: “Incidence is growing across the population. High community incidence threatens all settings. A particular concern is for environments with vulnerable people, such as nursing homes, hospital and care environments, and long term residential facilities. High community transmission poses a substantial risk to this population. A combined effort to reduce incidence is needed to protect the most vulnerable."

Dr. Deirdre Robertson, Behavioural Research Unit, ESRI, said today: “The population are quite good at recognising that meeting more people and going to different types of locations increases the risk of spreading and catching COVID-19. The data suggests they are less likely to recognise that taking precautionary measures like wearing masks and keeping socially distanced decreases the risk, and those preventive behaviours have been gradually decreasing since the start of the year.”

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today said that pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics are taking place in maternity hospitals and maternity units. More information about getting a COVID vaccine while pregnant is available here.

This week pop up COVID-19 vaccination clinics are taking place in our maternity hospitals and maternity units. Some highlighted in the graphic. #ForUsAll

More details about pregnancy and getting a COVID-19 vaccine - https://t.co/DRN6bAkxq6 pic.twitter.com/JvEPRktVfR

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) October 27, 2021

Update 11:30 am EST: There have been 1,291 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

According to Northern Ireland's Department of Health, 270,621 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 8,389 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,612,236 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 3,844,856 lab-reported tests, and 935,573 rapid lateral flow tests. 

Six more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,675. Four of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 26 - 10 am October 27, while two occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of October 27, there have been 2,634,021 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,323,733 were first doses, 1,240,821 were second doses, 7,630 were third doses, and 61,837 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

October 26

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

  • 2193 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 513 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 97 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 433,902 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Monday, October 25. There have been 5,369 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, October 20.

As of Saturday, October 23, there have been 7,333,353 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,565,267 people have received their first dose
  • 236,148 people have received a single dose
  • 3,503,320 people have received their second dose
  • 28,618 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: “I am increasingly worried about the rising incidence of the disease nationwide. Our primary focus now must be to protect the most vulnerable from COVID-19.

“We are seeing a continuing increase in hospitalisation and intensive care admissions – a substantial amount of whom are not fully vaccinated - placing our frontline healthcare services, including non-COVID care, under significant pressure.

“It is essential that we do everything we can to break the chains of transmission of the Delta variant, in the community, in the workplace and in our homes. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated, please stay at home, isolate from others and arrange a free test immediately.

“If you have not done so already, please choose to protect yourself by availing of your free COVID-19 vaccine which will significantly reduce your risk of severe illness if you contract the disease.

“The vaccine, our best defence against COVID-19, is not the only tool we have to drive down the spread of the disease. Please continue to regularly wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes, open windows and ensure spaces are well ventilated, wear masks on public transport, shops, indoor workplaces and crowded outdoor areas, and by keeping a safe 2m distance from others as much as possible.”

Update 11:50 am EST: There have been 1,124 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours. 269,330 individuals in Northern Ireland have now tested positive for COVID to date. 8,569 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 1,608,860 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 3,831,726 lab-reported tests, and 931,860 rapid lateral flow tests. 

Four more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,669. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 25 - 10 am October 26.

As of October 26, there have been 2,625,815 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,322,277 were first doses, 1,239,986 were second doses, 7,386 were third doses, and 56,166 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

In Northern Ireland, free Rapid COVID-19 tests are available at over 550 sites, including 504 community pharmacies.

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann said today: “Even if you have already been vaccinated, regular Rapid Testing is important in limiting the spread of the virus, helping to protect those who are vulnerable, as well our health and social care system.

“For those who don’t already test on a regular basis, I would encourage you to avail of the free Rapid Tests that are available and make testing part of your routine. Tests are now readily available for collection right across Northern Ireland and can also be ordered online for delivery straight to your door.”

You can collect free Rapid #COVID19 Tests in over 500 community pharmacies.

If you have no symptoms, test twice a week to keep your friends and family safe.

Reporting every result helps scientists track the virus.

Find out more➡️https://t.co/IQNL0XGKg8 pic.twitter.com/15tG8cda6Y

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) October 26, 2021

October 25

Updated 10:35am EST: In the Republic of Ireland, 1,845 new cases of Covid-19 were reported by the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive. 

There are now 497 patients in hospital who have tested positive for Covid-19. This is an increase of 24 from yesterday, Sun, Oct 24, and an increase of 48 from Sat, Oct 23. Ninety-nine patients are being treated in intensive care. 

In Northern Ireland, the National Health Service reports 1,019 new Covid cases. There were a further four death. In the North, there were 348 Covid-positive patients in hospital, of whom 33 were in intensive care.

Meanwhile, the head of the Health Service Executive's Covid-19 vaccination program has said that, since Thursday, the number of people coming forward for a vaccine has increased from 800-1,000 per day to around 2,000 a day.

October 23 

Update 9:30 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 2,427 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Ireland to 428,152. 

There are 449 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 93 intensive care patients tested positive for the virus. 

A total of 7,297,243 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 3,499,515 people receiving two doses and 236,140 people receiving the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. 

More than 88% of the Irish population above the age of 12 have now been fully vaccinated against the virus. 

HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said on Saturday that COVID-19 was putting "severe pressure" on the Irish health system. 

"It's a real challenge for us, particularly as we head into winter, this is going to be probably one of the most difficult winters we faced for many years, so it is difficult for us," Reid told RTÉ's Kate Hannon. 

There are currently 11 free adult ICU beds in Irish hospitals and no available pediatric ICU beds. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,323 new cases of the virus and ten further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,656.

A total of 2,611,178 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date. 

Only limited figures are released in Northern Ireland on weekends.  

October 22

Update 12:10 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 2,466 new cases of the coronavirus. 

There are currently 457 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals, with 90 intensive care patients testing positive for the virus.

HSE Chief Operations Office Anne O'Connor said that there are just 23 adult ICU beds available in hospitals across the country and added that there are no pediatric ICU beds available. 

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said that the bank holiday weekend will bring increased levels of socializing in Ireland, especially with nightclubs set to reopen for the first time in almost 60 0days. 

Holohan encouraged people to exercise care if they are planning on socializing over the long weekend. 

"With the current trajectory of the disease in Ireland, it is important that every individual knows and acts on the basic measures to limit the spread of Covid-19.

"Keep social distance, wear a face mask appropriately, wash your hands regularly and manage your contacts. If you are meeting indoors with others, ensure the room is well ventilated, avoid crowded situations and if it feels like an unsafe environment, leave.

"Be mindful of the symptoms of the disease such as fever, cough, or flu-like symptoms. If you do experience any symptoms, self-isolate immediately and seek a PCR test as soon as possible."

Update 11:45 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,355 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 264,803. 

The Department also announced seven further COVID deaths, taking Northern Ireland's death toll to 2,646.

There are currently 358 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals, while 33 patients in intensive care have tested positive for the virus. 

Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 106%, while there are currently 54 active outbreaks of the virus in Northern Irish care homes.

A total of 2,606,061 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date.

October 21

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

  • 2,029 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 448 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 88 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 423,260 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Wednesday, October 20. There have been 5,369 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, October 20.

As of Wednesday, October 20, there have been 7,315,692 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,559,665 people have received their first dose
  • 236,130 people have received a single dose
  • 3,497,486 people have received their second dose
  • 22,411 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "We have seen a significant increase in transmission over the course of the last fortnight. We currently have in excess of 500 cases per 100,000 of the population and disease incidence is rising in all age groups and in every part of the country.

"COVID-19 vaccines are very safe and effective at protecting against severe infection and I encourage anyone who has still to receive one to come forward and take up the opportunity to do so as soon as possible. However, vaccines do not eliminate transmission of the disease and it is still possible for fully vaccinated people to pick up and transmit COVID-19. It is important that we continue to follow public health advice as we know vaccination alone, even at very high levels of uptake, will not be sufficient to achieve suppression of the disease. This is also the clear advice available from the ECDC.

"As we come into the bank holiday weekend, take particular care with the three Cs – crowded places with many people nearby, close contact settings - especially where people may not be vaccinated, and confined and enclosed spaces with poor ventilation.

"It’s particularly important that people who are vulnerable to severe infection of the disease even when vaccinated, such as older people, plan their activities and recognise the risk factors, particularly in indoor settings. If you plan to meet indoors with others, please ensure the room is well ventilated. Please continue to wear a mask where appropriate, wash your hands, manage your contacts, and maintain your social distance. Where possible it’s really important to avoid crowded situations, especially indoors. If you are in an environment that feels unsafe then feel empowered to leave.

"Remember that if you have any fever, cough 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."

Elsewhere, Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive, said today that "we can turn this around."

Now 86 patients under intensive critical care with #Covid19. This represents almost 30% of ICU beds. This is likely to increase. None of us want to be that person. We can turn this around with heightened individual and collective awareness over the coming days & weeks. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) October 21, 2021

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly welcomed new HSE guidance that will “ensure more open access” to maternity hospitals. 

I've been working with @HSELive and welcome new guidance being published today that will ensure more open access for partners in our maternity hospitals and units. pic.twitter.com/h9LhNySXQj

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) October 21, 2021

Update 12:05 pm EST: There have been 1,051 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 263,448 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health. 8,582 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,592,875 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 3,774,900 lab-reported tests, and 911,827 rapid lateral flow tests. 

Four more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,639. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 20 - 10 am October 21.

As of October 21, there have been 2,599,370 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,319,098 were first doses, 1,235,242 were second doses, 5,462 were third doses, and 39,568 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

October 20

Update 11:35 am EST: As of 4 pm GMT today in Ireland:

  • 2,148 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 464 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 86 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 421,234 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Tuesday, October 19. There have been 5,369 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, October 20.

As of Tuesday, October 19, there have been 7,304,879 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,556,330 people have received their first dose
  • 236,112 people have received a single dose
  • 3,493,835 people have received their second dose
  • 18,602 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "Disease incidence is high and increasing across the country and across all age groups. However, vaccination has helped us prevent many serious illnesses and deaths.

"COVID-19 is one of the most contagious viruses we have ever experienced. We have achieved extensive suppression of this disease in the past, our collective commitment to the basic measures now need to be reviewed and enhanced.

"While vaccination rates are extremely high, they are only one tool we need to use in protecting ourselves against COVID-19. The other is compliance with basic public health measures by the general public and across sectors. This will be critical in the weeks ahead and while infection rates remain high.

"The appropriate use of masks, physical distancing, well-ventilated rooms, hand and respiratory hygiene, and the act of self-isolation with the onset of symptoms is vital if we are to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19 over the winter months."

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Booster vaccinations are underway for those 80 years or older, 65 or older and living in a nursing home or long-term care facility and, following a review by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC), will also now be administered to those aged over 60.

"It is important that all those eligible for a booster vaccine avail of the opportunity when it is offered. Similarly, those eligible for flu vaccination should now avail of this as we are seeing an increase in circulation of other respiratory viruses."

Rachel Kenna, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health said today: "Over 30% of the eligible population under the age of 18 are not yet fully vaccinated. I would urge parents to re-evaluate their position on vaccination and contact their GP or a healthcare professional for advice and information to address their concerns. Vaccines protect individuals from the more severe symptoms of COVID-19."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group said today: "With relatively even levels of vaccination across all age groups, the median age of cases (36 years) has increased over recent weeks and is approaching the median age of the population (38 years) indicating that risk of infection is evenly distributed across the population. This also shows us that higher levels of socialisation rather than a waning of vaccine efficacy is the cause of this uptick in cases.

"Vaccination offers very high protection against severe disease, but incomplete protection against infection and onward transmission. It remains the case that vaccination combined with adherence to public health measures is the most effective way to suppress COVID-19."

Dr. Cillian De Gascun, Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory and Medical Virologist said today: "COVID-19 spreads primarily via droplet and aerosol transmission. Coughing and sneezing also generates droplets that can fall on surfaces and contaminate them. In congregated settings contaminated surfaces can lead to further transmission to people who touch the infected surface and proceed to touch their mouth, nose or eyes without first washing their hands.

"Understanding how the virus transmits is key to understanding how you can better protect yourself from contracting and spreading the virus further. Alongside mask wearing and good ventilation, regular hand washing remains an important protective measure against COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses."

Update 11:20 am EST: There have been 1,423 new COVID cases reported in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 262,397 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health. 8,850 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

To date, 1,589,901 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. There have been 3,764,340 lab-reported tests, and 906,108 rapid lateral flow tests. 

Six more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,635. Four of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 19 - 10 am October 20, while two of the newly reported deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of October 20, there have been 2,593,676 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,318,733 were first doses, 1,233,927 were second doses, 5,027 were third doses, and 35,989 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann today visited a Randox testing facility in Co Antrim. While there, he remarked: “We are continuing to see a high number of positive cases each day in Northern Ireland which is concerning. Therefore I would again remind people of the importance of getting tested should they develop symptoms. Alongside vaccination and contact tracing, Covid-19 testing remains one of the main pillars of protection against this virus. Please do the right thing.”

Also today, Minister Swann welcomed an easing of care home visiting restrictions, taking effect from today. He said: “Following the latest review, the restrictions on visiting in care homes have moved into the 'Gradual Easing' phase as set out in the 'Visiting With Care - A Pathway' document.  The main change will see an increase in the frequency of visits permitted and in the number of people permitted to visit care homes at the same time. Up to four people from no more than two households will now be able to visit together, with a maximum of four such visits per week being allowed.”

October 19

Update 1:10 pm EST: The Irish government has today published revised guidelines ahead of the October 22 planned reopening of the hospitality sector. You can learn more here.

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

  • 2,399 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 473 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 74 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)
  • the 5-day moving average is 1,890

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 419,087 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Monday, October 18. There have been 5,306 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, October 13.

As of Monday, October 18, there have been 7,303,077 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,555,936 people have received their first dose
  • 236,111 people have received a single dose
  • 3,493,274 people have received their second dose
  • 17,756 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Update 12:50 pm EST: 1,367 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 260,974 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,585,712 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 8,861 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 2,629. Seven of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 18 - 10 am October 19, while one of the newly reported deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of October 19, there have been 2,578,675 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,317,991 were first doses, 1,225,250 were second doses, 4,235 were third doses, and 31,199 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

October 18

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

  • 1,578 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 484 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 73 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 416,690 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Sunday, October 17. There have been 5,306 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, October 13.

As of Sunday, October 17, there have been 7,299,863 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,555,120 people have received their first dose
  • 236,098 people have received a single dose
  • 3,491,860 people have received their second dose
  • 16,785 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly welcomed the "substantial increase" at walk-in vaccine centers over the weekend:

Really great to hear of a substantial increase at walk-in vaccine centres at the weekend, while 3,000+ registered for the first time last week.

Booster vaccines for aged 65+ in LTRC and 80+ in community continue this week, College pop-ups continue also. #ForUsAll https://t.co/vHr0QTCdfl

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) October 18, 2021

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive, said today that it is time "to hit the reset button."

Now 482 #covid19 patients in hospital, 74 in ICU. Time for us all to hit the reset button. 1.If unvaccinated, you're at higher risk, resulting in a disproportionate impact. Do the right thing. 2.For the rest of us,time to do the basics well again. Both of the above work.@HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) October 18, 2021

Update 12:10 pm EST: 1,091 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 259,607 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,581,563 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 8,946 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Three more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,621. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 17 - 10 am October 18.

As of October 18, there have been 2,575,125 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,317,506 were first doses, 1,224,810 were second doses, 4,025 were third doses, and 28,784 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

On Sunday, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann hailed the importance of localised initiatives to further improve Northern Ireland’s Covid-19 vaccination uptake.

A push to offer vaccinations in rural areas has led to more than 1,600 jabs being administered.

Minister Swann said in part: “I want to express my gratitude to everyone working hard to get more people vaccinated. While the Covid booster programme is vitally important this winter, we also need to keep reaching people who have not yet come forward for their first dose. The numbers involved are inevitably smaller than at earlier stages of the vaccination programme, but they are still making a difference. As I keep saying – every single jab counts.”

October 17 

Update 10 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,380 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 415,114. 

There are currently 459 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 74 ICU patients have tested positive for the virus. 

Immunologist Professor Luke O'Neill called on the Irish Government to roll out COVID-19 antigen tests to combat the spread of the virus. 

O'Neill said that antigen tests catch 80% of COVID cases and said that they provide results far quicker than PCR tests. 

"You will spot 80% of cases with antigen testing. It is a shame we haven't got them in every household," O'Neill told RTÉ. 

He added that anyone over the age of 60 should be given a booster vaccine as soon as possible. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 966 new cases of the virus and four further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,618. 

A total of 2,573,372 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date, 

Only limited figures are available in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

October 16 

Update 10 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 2,180 new cases of the coronavirus. 

A total of 406 patients in Irish hospitals have been diagnosed with the virus, while 71 intensive care patients have tested positive for COVID-19. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,218 new cases of the virus and four further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,614. 

A total of 2,571,933 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been adminsitered in Northern Ireland to date. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends. 

October 15

Update 12:35 pm EST: As of 2 pm GMT today in Ireland:

  • 1,914 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 413 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 73 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 411,554 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Thursday, October 14. There have been 5,306 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, October 13.

As of Thursday, October 14, there have been 7,282,018 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,550,863 people have received their first dose
  • 236,079 people have received a single dose
  • 3,484,258 people have received their second dose
  • 10,818 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Ireland’s Department of Health shared this update from Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn today, noting that “With almost 20,000 cases in the last fortnight, incidence of #COVID19 is increasing.”

With almost 20,000 cases in the last fortnight, incidence of #COVID19 is increasing.

However, there is much we can do to protect ourselves & one another. @ronan_glynn

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— Department of Health (@roinnslainte) October 15, 2021

Update 12:20 pm EST: 1,349 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 256,332 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,572,632 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 9,052 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 2,610. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 14 - 10 am October 15.

As of October 15, there have been 2,569,617 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,317,005 were first doses, 1,223,097 were second doses, 3,683 were third doses, and 25,832 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

October 14

Update 12:25 pm EST: As of 5 pm GMT today in Ireland:

  • 1,627 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 415 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 70 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 409,647 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Wednesday, October 13. There have been 5,306 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, October 13.

As of Wednesday, October 13, there have been 7,277,224 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,549,782 people have received their first dose
  • 236,069 people have received a single dose
  • 3,481,691 people have received their second dose
  • 9,682 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Unfortunately, we have seen increases across key indicators of COVID-19 right across the country and the growth rate of the epidemic has accelerated in recent days. All indicators of COVID-19 are pointing towards a deteriorating disease trajectory nationally. We are seeing an increase in incidence in all age groups, including older age groups. The national incidence is now 415/100,000.

"As a result, we are seeing an impact on our hospital system with an average of 50 people being admitted to hospital per day (up from 35 per day at the end of September) and 5 admissions to intensive care per day.

"It’s important that anyone who is fully vaccinated is reassured that vaccines give very good protection from COVID-19. However, when incidence of disease is high, we will see breakthrough infections in vaccinated people - most people’s experience of infection will be mild, but some will end up in hospital and intensive care. We want to avoid that.

"Please continue to protect yourself by adhering to the public health advice. This will stop the spread and drive down incidence of COVID-19 in our communities.

"If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 including a high temperature, dry cough, or flu-like symptoms, please get a test and stay at home. Do not go to work, school, college or socialise. This applies even if you are fully vaccinated – please do not assume that because you are vaccinated you can’t get COVID-19.

"Continue to regularly wash hands, wear a mask when appropriate – particularly in retail settings, on public transport and in healthcare settings; keep your distance, open windows and ventilate indoor spaces, and choose outdoors where possible for meeting others.

"You should follow this advice regardless of your vaccination status."

Update 12:00 pm 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 254,983 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,568,325 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 8,996 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 2,606. Five of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 13 - 10 am October 14, while one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of October 14, there have been 2,565,983 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,316,681 were first doses, 1,222,227 were second doses, 3,375 were third doses, and 23,700 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Paul Givan and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill are reminding the public to act responsibly as more COVID relaxations are rolled out in the region from today, October 14.

From today:

  • The number of people permitted in private dwellings moves away from a maximum number of 15 people from four households to an overall cap of 30 people
  • The requirement for audience members to be seated when watching performances in indoor venues will be removed.
  • The regulations in relation to large house parties and raves will remain in place and are still not permitted.

A series of #COVID19 relaxations will begin to roll out from today – First Minister @paulgivan and deputy First Minister @moneillsf urge everyone to keep following public health guidance and making safer choices to protect themselves and others

Read more: https://t.co/Zosz2WHkjs

— NI Executive (@niexecutive) October 14, 2021

October 13

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

  • 2,066 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 408 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 69 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 408,021 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Tuesday, October 12. There have been 5,306 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, October 13.

As of Tuesday, October 12, there have been 7,272,434 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,548,770 people have received their first dose
  • 236,054 people have received a single dose
  • 3,479,442 people have received their second dose
  • 8,168 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "There has been fantastic uptake of COVID-19 vaccination over recent months.

"Unfortunately, there are still just under 300,000 adults who have not come forward for vaccination and a further 70,000 people have received just one dose of a two-dose schedule.

"The spread of disease in these 370,000 people is having a disproportionate impact on the profile of COVID-19 in our hospitals and intensive care units, with two out of every three people in intensive care not vaccinated.

"Some people will understandably have concerns about vaccination given the extent of misinformation that is circulating. Here are the facts:

  • all vaccines approved by the EMA and in use in Ireland are remarkably safe and effective against getting severe COVID-19
  • the vaccine for COVID-19 cannot and will not give you COVID-19
  • COVID-19 vaccines do not create or cause variants of the virus that causes COVID-19
  • COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way
  • there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines affect fertility – in men or women
  • pregnant women with symptomatic COVID-19 may be more likely to be admitted to hospital, to need care in an ICU, and to die when compared with non-pregnant women. If you are pregnant, you should get a COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and your baby from the virus. You can do this at any stage of your pregnancy. If you have questions you should talk to your obstetrician, midwife or GP about the risks and benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine
  • incidence of COVID-19 in Ireland is high and rising. Those who are not vaccinated are at high risk of contracting this virus and becoming severely unwell. The single most important thing you can do to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated

"Choosing to get vaccinated is an act of protection for yourself – it may save your life - but it is also an act of solidarity with others; the more of us that get vaccinated, the safer we all are."

Update 11:55 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 253,679 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,564,249 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 8,969 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

One more COVID-19 death have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,600. The newly reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 12 - 10 am October 13.

As of October 13, there have been 2,561,250 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,316,225 were first doses, 1,221,045 were second doses, 2,939 were third doses, and 21,041 were booster. You can find out more about vaccinations in Northern Ireland here, and if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

October 12

Update 1:15 pm EST: As of 6 pm GMT today in Ireland:

  • 1,466 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 402 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 73 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 405,970 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Monday, October 11. There have been 5,280 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, October 6.

As of Monday, October 11, there have been 7,269,306 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,548,037 people have received their first dose
  • 236,035 people have received a single dose
  • 3,477,623 people have received their second dose
  • 7,611 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Over recent days we have seen an increasing number of people with COVID-19 admitted to hospital and to intensive care. Recently, approximately 70% of people being treated in intensive care for COVID-19 have not been fully vaccinated. This is a significant cause for concern.

"Vaccination, along with our 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 any symptoms of COVID-19 including a high temperature, dry cough, or flu-like symptoms - please stay at home. Do not go to work, school, college, or socialise.

"I strongly encourage anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to take up the opportunity to do so as soon as possible to best protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19.

"I also urge anyone who is eligible for a flu vaccine to come forward and receive it as soon as it is offered to you. You can arrange an appointment to receive your flu vaccine via your GP or local pharmacy.

"Continue to regularly wash hands, wear a mask when appropriate – particularly in retail settings, on public transport and in healthcare settings; keep your distance, open windows and ventilate indoor spaces, and choose outdoors where possible for meeting others.

"This suite of measures will help stop the transmission of COVID-19, seasonal influenza, common colds and other respiratory illnesses that are more prevalent over the winter months."

Update 11:55 am EST: 1,278 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 252,208 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,559,724 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 8,802 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 2,599. Five of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 11 - 10 am October 12, while one death occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of October 12, there have been 2,556,457 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,315,825 were first doses, 1,219,960 were second doses, 2,588 were third doses, and 18,084 were booster. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has set out the different components of the winter COVID and flu vaccination drive across the region. You can learn more here.

The Department of Health has set out the different components of the winter vaccination drive across Northern Ireland.

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

October 11

Update 12:45 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,358 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 404,514. 

There are currently 400 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 75 ICU patients have tested positive for the virus.

It is the highest number of COVID hospitalizations in Ireland since March 8 when 418 patients were in hospital with the virus. 

The National Public Health Emergency Team has also confirmed that Ireland's five-day moving average currently stands at 1,578. 

A total of 7,257,996 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 3,474,917people receiving two doses and 236,020people receiving the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine.  

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,109 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of cases in the region to 250,930. 

The Department also announced five further COVID-related deaths, taking Northern Ireland's death toll to 2,593. 

There are currently 329 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 35 ICU patients have tested positive for the virus. 

Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 103%, while there are 69 active outbreaks in Northern Irish care homes. 

A total of 2,552,545 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date.

October 10 

Update 9:15 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,384 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 403,157. 

There are currently 382 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 74 ICU patients have tested positive for the virus.

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that ICU cases have risen by 20% over the past week and added that 67% of COVID patients in intensive care are unvaccinated, while 3% are partially vaccinated. 

A total of 7,247,596 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 3,467,360 people receiving two doses and 235,954 people receiving the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine.  

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,115 new cases of the virus and three further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,588. 

A total of 2,550,278 doses of the vaccine gave been administered in Northern Ireland. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends.

October 9

Update 9 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,940 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 401,773. 

There are currently 352 patients in Irish hospitals with COVID-19, while 74 ICU patients have tested positive for the virus. 

A total of 7,247,596 doses of the vaccine have now been administered in Ireland, with 3,467,360 people receiving two doses of the vaccine and 235,954 receiving the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. 

More than 92% of Ireland's adult population are now fully vaccinated, while 93% of the population aged 16 and over have received at least one dose.

More than 75% of Ireland's total population are now fully vaccinated against the virus. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,274 new cases of the virus and four further deaths, taking the region's death toll to 2,585.

A total of 2,548,548 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland to date. 

Only limited figures are reported in Northern Ireland on weekends.

October 8

Update 1:50 pm EST:  As of 6 pm GMT today in Ireland:

  • 2,002 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 354 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 73 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 399,833 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Thursday, October 7. There have been 5,280 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, October 6.

As of Thursday 7 October, there have been 7,251,418 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,544,282 people have received their first dose
  • 235,954 people have received a single dose
  • 3,467,360 people have received their second dose
  • 3,822 immunocompromised people have received their third dose

Ireland's Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, said today: "Today’s case number reflects an increased number of positive tests on specimens collected over the last three days.

"However, the total number of COVID-19 cases reported in the last 7 days (8,845 cases) is fewer than the previous 7 days (9,115 cases), with the seven-day moving average of daily cases at 1,264 today, compared to 1,302 a week ago.

"We will continue to monitor this situation closely to see if the trend in new infections over recent days is sustained.

"If you are experiencing a high temperature, dry cough, or flu-like symptoms - please stay at home. Do not go to work or socialise.

"To keep yourself and your family safe please continue to regularly wash your hands, wear a mask when appropriate, open windows and ventilate indoor spaces, and choose outdoors where possible for meeting others."

Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive, noted that COVID hospitalizations have risen this week:

Thankfully we're all getting on with our lives more. But just a need for caution. #COVID19 hospitalisations up 17% this week to 354,69 ICU. 67% of patients in ICU are not vaccinated (3% partially). The vaccines are protecting & helping us all to move on, with awareness. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) October 8, 2021

Update 12:05 pm EST: 1,276 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 247,432 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,545,721 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 8,295 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Two more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,581. Both of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 7 - 10 am October 8.

As of October 8, there have been 2,545,973 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,315,167 were first doses and 1,216,564 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland has today announced a number of changes to international travel have been announced, including the addition of 38 countries to the fully vaccinated policy and the removal of a significant number of countries from the ‘red list.’ You can learn more here.

Travel update ✈️

From 11 October, the red list will reduce to 7 countries and proof of vaccination will be recognised from a further 37 countries.

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— Department of Health (@healthdpt) October 7, 2021

The Northern Ireland Executive has today announced the relaxation of more COVID restrictions which will come into effect next week. You can learn more here.

The Executive has agreed further relaxations to the Coronavirus restrictions.

Read more here: https://t.co/Su57WS34n2

— NI Executive (@niexecutive) October 8, 2021

October 7

Update 12:25 pm EST: As of 4:30 pm GMT today in Ireland:

  • 1,207 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 355 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 69 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 397,831 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Wednesday, October 6. There have been 5,280 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, October 6.

As of Wednesday, October 6, there have been 7,243,489 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,542,986 people have received their first dose
  • 235,908 people have received a single dose
  • 3,464,595 people have received their second dose

Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan today provided a brief update on the COVID situation in Ireland:

If you have cold-like symptoms like runny nose, sore throat, headache or temperature, then please stay home.

Don't go to work, don't go to school, don't go out socialising or invite other people into your home if you have symptoms of #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/PKt1wn0EEq

— Department of Health (@roinnslainte) October 7, 2021

Update 11:10 am 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 246,156 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,541,595 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 8,018 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 2,579. Three of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 6 - 10 am October 7, while one death occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of October 7, there have been 2,542,757 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,314,779 were first doses and 1,215,311 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

October 6

Update 12:45 pm EST: As of 5 pm GMT today in Ireland:

  • 984 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 343 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 70 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 396,625 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Monday, October 4. There have been 5,280 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, October 6.

As of Tuesday, October 5, there have been 7,238,787 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,541,686 people have received their first dose
  • 235,791 people have received a single dose
  • 3,461,310 people have received their second dose

Update 11:50 am EST: 1,339 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 244,851 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,537,180 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 7,918 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Two more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,575. Both of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 5 - 10 am October 6.

As of October 6, there have been 2,539,912 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,314,491 were first doses and 1,214,464 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health today published the Vaccination Status of Deaths and Hospitalisations Report. This report presents results for Northern Ireland on the vaccination status of patients who have been hospitalised from COVID-19 and of those who have died from COVID-19 between 30 August and 26 September 2021.

Key Findings – Hospitalisations:

  • Three-quarters of adult inpatients aged under 50 are unvaccinated.
  • More than a fifth (22%) of inpatients aged 50 and over are unvaccinated.
  • Unvaccinated individuals aged 50 and over are 5 times as likely to be admitted to hospital as fully vaccinated individuals.
  • For adults under 50, whilst the numbers admitted to hospital are lower, an unvaccinated individual is almost 18 times as likely to need hospitalisation.

Key Findings – Death:

  • Unvaccinated individuals aged 50 and over are almost four times as likely to die.

Commenting on the report, Northern Ireland’s Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Ian Young said: “We know that vaccination does not provide 100% protection of 100% of people. We also know that the risk of hospitalisation and death from COVID is much higher in older age groups. There will sadly continue to be some older people who will lose their lives to the virus, despite being doubly vaccinated. We can all help to reduce the risk of this happening by doing everything we can to stop COVID spreading.

“The vast majority of people over 50 in Northern Ireland are vaccinated. This needs to be borne in mind when assessing or comparing hospitalisation figures. The numbers of unvaccinated people dying or needing hospital care is significantly out of proportion to the numbers of unvaccinated people in the overall population.

“The benefits of vaccination are clear and unequivocal.”

The Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland has published detailed guidance for young people and parents on school-age Covid vaccination.

Health Minister Robin Swann has welcomed the publication of detailed guidance for young people and parents on school age Covid vaccination.

Read more ➡️https://t.co/nCalppRiMu

Guidance ➡️https://t.co/Ad8DzkAQzm@publichealthni | @Education_NI pic.twitter.com/dmYe4OVPtF

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

October 5

Update 12:45 pm EST: As of 4:30 pm GMT today in Ireland:

  • 1,124 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 349 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 65 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 395,643 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Monday, October 4. There have been 5,249 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 29.

As of Monday, October 4, there have been 7,237,477 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,541,284 people have received their first dose
  • 235,780 people have received a single dose
  • 3,460,413 people have received their second dose

Update 9:40 am EST: 1,209 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 243,512 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,532,590 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 7,700 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Three more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,573. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 4 - 10 am October 5.

As of October 5, there have been 2,536,408 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,314,284 were first doses and 1,213,124 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

October 4

Update 12:15 pm EST: As of 5 pm GMT today in Ireland:

  • 892 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 333 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 64 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

Today is the first day since July 15, 2021 that the daily total of new cases reported in Ireland is below 1,000.

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 394,519 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Sunday, October 3. There have been 5,249 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 29.

As of Sunday, October 3, there have been 7,235,841 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,540,931 people have received their first dose
  • 235,753 people have received a single dose
  • 3,459,157 people have received their second dose

Update 11:45 am EST: 1,080 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 242,303 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,528,258 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 7,858 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Three more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,570. One of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 3 - 10 am October 4, while the other two deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of October 4, there have been 2,533,146 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,313,979 were first doses and 1,211,686 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health announced today that 130 local pharmacies have signed up to provide the Moderna vaccine to everyone aged 18 and over who is not yet vaccinated. 

Health Minister Robin Swann said: “With the eight week gap between doses, anyone coming forward for their first dose now will still have time for their second jab before Christmas. They can enjoy the festive season with the added and vital protection that vaccination gives – both for them and people close to them.”

The Department added: “The first dose Covid vaccine take-up for the adult population in NI is now 89%, and it is expected that the additional capacity and accessibility offered by community pharmacies will help push this rate up to and beyond the 90% mark.” 

October 2

Updated at 11.47 am EST: The Republic of Ireland's Department of Health has reported 1,586 new cases of Covid-19. This is the highest figure in the Republic this week. 

There are 298 patients with the virus in hospital, 56 of whom are in ICU

As of Friday, 87 percent of people in the Republic of Ireland over the age of 12 in Ireland are fully vaccinated.

In Northern Ireland, there has been one death reported with 992 cases of the virus reported in the last 24 hours. As of Friday morning, there were 342 Covid-positive patients in hospital in Northern Ireland, of whom 33 were in intensive care.

A total of 2,528,747 vaccines have now been administered in Northern Ireland.

On Saturday, the Republic of Ireland's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tony Holohan said the country must be mindful of public health advice with the approach of winter. He said as the colder weather sets in this may bring more indoor social activity, allowing the virus to spread more easily.

October 1

Updated at 12:55pm EST:

The Republic of Ireland's Department of Health has confirmed 1,059 new cases of the coronavirus in Ireland with 308 people being treated in hospital for Covid, this figure is up by 11 since September 30. There are 59 people in intensive care. 

Ireland's Chief Medical Officer told RTE "As we move into the autumn/winter period, many people have concerns about how we can continue to socialize safely and take part in the social and physical activities that keep us connected to our friends, families, and wider communities.

"We are all familiar with the measures that will continue to keep us safe from Covid-19.

"Vaccination remains our best means of protection. The vaccines available in Ireland are very safe and effective against Covid-19 and limit the likelihood of an infection becoming so severe it may require admission to hospital or to intensive care."

He added: "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."

Updated at 12:35pm EST:

In Northern Ireland, 1,039 new positive cases of Covid-19 and eight deaths were reported today.

Over the week (Sept 18 to 24) a further 38 deaths linked to Covid-19, according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). This makes the total number of deaths due to Covid in Northern 3,443.

September 30

Updated at 9:20 pm EST:

Ireland's Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has reported a further 1,453 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

As of Wednesday morning, 300 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, of which 60 were in intensive care united.

There has been a total of 5,249 deaths related to Covid-19 notified in the Republic. This includes 40 deaths newly notified in the week since last Wednesday.

Update 12:20pm EST:

There were 1,163 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Northern Ireland, in the past 24 hours. There have been two additional Covid related deaths. As of today, there are 342 patients being treated for the disease in hospital in Northern Ireland, with 31 in ICU.

Also today Irish passport holders who live in Northern Ireland can now access the European Union Digital Covid Certificate, known as the vaccine "passport" which will allow international travel and indoor dining among other things. 

Irish Minister of State for Public Procurement and eGovernment, Ossian Smyth, said the certificate had been “key to opening up indoor hospitality within the country and enabled international travel outside of Ireland”.

September 29

Update 12:45 pm EST: As of 5:30 pm GMT today in Ireland:

  • 1,453 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 300 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 60 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 388,665 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Tuesday, September 28. There have been 5,249 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 29.

As of Tuesday, September 28, there have been 7,207,797 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,533,171 people have received their first dose
  • 235,521 people have received a single dose
  • 3,439,105 people have received their second dose

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today:  "Throughout the pandemic, we have seen Irish people make extraordinary efforts to drive down incidence of COVID-19 by following the public health advice. More recently, the response to Ireland’s vaccination programme has been heartening, and now just under 91% of the population aged 16 years and older are fully protected through vaccination. Our collective efforts have protected thousands of people from experiencing the worst outcomes from COVID-19.

"As more of the activities we enjoy become available to us this week, it is important that we continue this national effort to break the chains of transmission of COVID-19. Vaccination remains our best means of protection and, if vaccination is available to you, then I strongly encourage you to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.

"Continue to regularly wash hands, wear a mask when appropriate – particularly in retail settings, on public transport and in healthcare settings; keep your distance, open windows and ventilate indoor spaces. If you display symptoms of COVID-19 like cough, fever, fatigue, headache, or sore throat - isolate and contact your GP who will advise if you need to arrange a test."

Also today, Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced that the EU Digital COVID Cert service will be extended to Irish passport holders who were vaccinated outside the EU, starting with Northern Ireland tomorrow, September 30. You can find out more here and how to get your EU Digital Covid Cert here.

Find out morehttps://t.co/v32Kw4Zt7h

and https://t.co/AxbpflnEHF

Don’t forget, you can store your EU Digital COVID Cert safely on your COVID Tracker App

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) September 29, 2021

Update 11:20 am EST: 1,320 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 237,137 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,509,931 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 7,633 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

Two more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of deaths reported in the region to 2,554. Both of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 28 - 10 am September 29.

As of September 29, there have been 2,521,931 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,311,852 were first doses and 1,206,919 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

Northern Ireland has issued an appeal for pregnant women to get vaccinated. Dr. Dale Spence, Midwifery Officer, said today: “Unfortunately we are seeing pregnant women require acute hospital care after acquiring COVID-19. The safest and most effective way of protecting you and your baby from COVID-19 is through vaccination.

“Pregnant women have been included in the list of people at moderate risk (clinically vulnerable) from COVID-19, while this is on a precautionary basis the importance of vaccination for those in an at-risk group cannot be overstated. Vaccination against COVID-19 in pregnancy is recommended by both the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and I would also highly recommend that expectant mothers come forward for vaccination. It’s understandable that you may have worries or concerns, if you do, please speak to your midwife.

“For those trying for a baby or for women who are breastfeeding, there is no evidence that the vaccine affects fertility, affects the ability to breastfeed or causes any harm to breastfed children.”

You can learn more here.

Pregnant women are advised to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their babies from the known risks of #COVID19

➡️ https://t.co/HT7TJwblqY@RcmNi | @MidwivesRCM | @RCObsGyn | @publichealthni

Take a minute to hear from Midwife Dr Dale Spence ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/zEZjnuqHX1

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) September 29, 2021

Also today, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann has welcomed the roll-out of COVID vaccine boosters in the region’s care homes. The wider NI booster dose programme will begin in October for those eligible. You can learn more here.

Health Minister welcomes booster jab roll-out to care homes.

Read➡️https://t.co/k1Mc43hV5a pic.twitter.com/ToEivB5cS1

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) September 29, 2021

September 28

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

  • 1,499 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 300 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 63 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 387,218 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Monday, September 27. There have been 5,209 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 22.

As of Monday, September 27, there have been 7,200,652 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,531,629 people have received their first dose
  • 235,428 people have received a single dose
  • 3,433,595 people have received their second dose

Ireland tops Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking this month. Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly responded to the ranking by thanking everyone for their “collective efforts.”

My officials @roinnslainte worked tirelessly during COVID - ensuring we as a nation responded to every challenge the pandemic brought. As we move into the autumn and continue to open-up society, that same resilience shown will keep us safe and on the path to recovery.

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) September 28, 2021

Update 11:25 am EST: 1,078 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 235,817 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,504,857 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 7,540 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 2,552. Three of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 27 - 10 am September 28, while one death occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of September 28, there have been 2,519,582 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,311,183 were first doses and 1,206,162 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

September 27

Update 1:10 pm EST: Taoiseach Micheál Martin attended the 44th meeting of the High-Level Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccination today, Monday, September 27. Also in attendance were High-Level Task Force chairperson, Professor Brian MacCraith, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, HSE CEO Paul Reid, Programme Director Derek Tierney, and Liz Canavan from the Department of the Taoiseach, with some members joining by video link.

In Ireland:

  • more than 91.4% of adults (18+) are fully vaccinated
  • more than 90.5% of 16+ population are fully vaccinated
  • more than 90.5% of the total eligible population (12+) have received at least 1 dose
  • Ireland is ranked #1 in the EU in terms of percentage of adult population fully vaccinated

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

  • 1,049 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • 310 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, with 66 of those patients in intensive care (ICU)

According to Ireland’s COVID19 DataHub, there have been 385,721 confirmed cases of COVID in the country as of Sunday, September 26. There have been 5,209 deaths, including probable and possible deaths, as of Wednesday, September 22.

As of Sunday, September 26, there have been 7,195,154 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 3,530,399 people have received their first dose
  • 235,340 people have received a single dose
  • 3,429,415 people have received their second dose

Update 11:30 am EST: 903 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 234,739 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 1,500,759 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 7,757 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 2,548. All of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 26 - 10 am September 27.

As of September 27, there have been 2,517,067 vaccine doses administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,310,435 were first doses and 1,205,042 were second doses. You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

‘Jabathon’ continues this week in Northern Ireland. You can learn more here.

#Jabathon continues! Tag any students you know 👩‍🎓

More info➡️ https://t.co/rjAlJSwvN2

This week's clinics ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/fhkB6Fpi2L

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) September 27, 2021

September 25

Updated at 11.30am EST: Plans to end contact tracing are being considered by the National Public Health Emergency Team. The system could be pulled on Oct 22.

Ireland's Health Service Executive has reported 1,335 cases and 30 deaths as of Sat, Sept 25. There are 282 Covid-positive patients in hospital, including 65 in intensive care.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) are currently considering a plan to end routine contact tracing for confirmed cases on Oct 22. This would coincide with the lifting of the majority of remaining Covid-19 restrictions.

However, an immunology expert at Trinity College Dublin said he would be “surprised and disappointed” if tracing ended as Ireland continues to report one of the highest case rates of the disease in Europe.

Speaking on RTE Radio One, Professor of experimental immunology Kingston Mills said that it was too early to “chuck in the towel on testing and hope for the best”.

“I think Nphet are considering, I don’t think they’ve decided it yet. I’d be very surprised, I’d be very disappointed if they decided that.

“The problem is that Ireland has still got one of the highest case rate per 100,000 in Europe, if not the whole world. So we’re not at the stage yet.

“We’re getting there... the disease is now moving down into the younger population which is less serious in terms of hospitalizations but I don’t think we’re at the stage yet where we can abandon testing.”

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:

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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