Live COVID-19 updates from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

April 10 

Update 11:30 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 455 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 240,643. 

The Department also announced 14 further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,783. 

Of the deaths reported today, three occurred in April, one occurred in March, six took place in February, and four occurred in January. 

There are currently 208 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 52 people requiring intensive care. 

As of April 7, 1,018,264 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland with 716,636 receiving the first dose of the vaccine and 301,628 receiving both doses. 

Around 1,100 GP practices are expected to administer 46,000 vaccinations to people aged between 16 and 69 with a pre-existing medical condition in the next seven days. 

GPs will also continue to administer doses of the vaccine to patients over the age of 70 and are expected to reach 620,000 doses administered by the end of next week. 

Dr. Denis McCauley, the chair of the Irish Medical Organisation's GP committee, additionally told RTÉ that he expects the HSE to meet its target of 180,000 to 190,000 doses of the vaccine delivered this week. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 146 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 118,178. 

The Department also announced three further COVID-19-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 2,128. 

There have now been 358,821 cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic last year in addition to 6,911 deaths. 

There are currently 86 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with 10 requiring intensive care and seven on a ventilator, while Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 100%. 

A total of five Northern Irish care homes are currently dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19. 

The daily figures were announced shortly after Health Minister Robin Swann welcomed the news that more than one million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland. 

A total of 1,003,165 doses of the vaccine have been administered in the region with 813,468 receiving their first dose and 189,697 receiving both doses. 

More than two million doses of the vaccine have now been administered on the island of Ireland. 

April 9 -  6,894 deaths, 358,224 confirmed cases across the island of Ireland

Update 6:15 pm EST: The Irish government has announced changes to its list of "high-risk" countries. Travelers arriving into the Republic of Ireland from high-risk countries are subject to mandatory hotel quarantine. You can read more here.

Update 3:00 pm EST:  As of today, there have been a total of 6,894 COVID-related deaths and 358,224 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,949,706 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 134.30 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.90 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 76.27 million recoveries. 

Update 1:45 pm EST:  There have been 473 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 240,192, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 240,192 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 224 are men and 247 are women
  • 76% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 29 years old
  • 229 in Dublin, 32 in Kildare, 30 in Donegal, 21 in Mayo, 19 in Meath and the remaining 142 cases are spread across 19 other counties

As of 8 am today, 212 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 53 are in ICU. There have been 17 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 6,901 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 8. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 8) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 144.9. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 8 is 411. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 34 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today:

  • 3 occurred in April
  • 4 occurred in March
  • 19 occurred in February
  • 5 occurred in January
  • 3 occurred in December or earlier

The median age of those who died was 81 years and the age range was 33 - 96 years. There has been a total of 4,769 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 4,769 deaths reflects this.)

As of Tuesday, April 6, there have been 961,887 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 679,844 people have received their first dose
  • 282,043 people have received their second dose

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "Anyone exposed to COVID-19 over the Easter weekend will now be at their most infectious - please isolate and contact your GP to arrange a test if you have any symptoms of COVID-19."

Update 10:55 am EST: 113 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 118,032 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 898,123 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 553 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been two COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,125. One of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am April 8 - 10 am April 9, while the other one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of April 9, 987,819 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 806,005 were first doses and 181,814 were second doses.

You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

April 8 - 6,860 deaths, 357,642 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:30 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,860 COVID-related deaths and 357,642 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,914,065 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 133.38 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.89 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 75.89 million recoveries. 

Update 1:30 pm EST: Ireland's Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today confirmed that more than one million vaccines have now been administered in the Republic of Ireland. The country's vaccine programme began 101 days ago.

We now have over one million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered. This is a significant milestone on the 101st day of the programme. We plan to administer on average one million doses a month for April, May and June. 35 of our vaccination centres are now operational. pic.twitter.com/0TveOVNbrF

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) April 8, 2021

Update 1:25 pm EST: There have been 400 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 239,723, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 205 are men / 193 are women
  • 72% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 35 years old
  • 162 in Dublin, 61 in Kildare, 26 in Cork, 21 in Galway, 17 in Donegal and the remaining 113 cases are spread across 18 other counties.

As of 8 am today, 226 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 55 are in ICU. 11 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,014 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 7. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 7) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 147.3. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 7 is 408. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre  has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today 2 occurred in April, 2 occurred in March and 3 occurred in February. The median age of those who died was 78 years and the age range was 62 - 89 years. There has been a total of 4,737* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of April 5, there have been 940,883 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 667,182 people have received their first dose
  • 273,701 people have received their second dose

Update 11:55 am EST: 98 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 117,919 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 896,228 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 535 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been two COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,123. Both of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am April 7 - 10 am April 8.

Northern Ireland’s vaccination program has today been expanded to include people between the ages of 40 - 44. Health Minister Robin Swann stated: “Today’s extension of the vaccination programme will be very welcome news to people in this age group.

“Vaccination is by far our best defence against COVID-19 and is essential to our goal of getting Northern Ireland out of lockdown on a sustainable basis.”

As of April 8, 973,182 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 799,410 were first doses and 173,772 were second doses.

You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

April 7 - 6,853 deaths, 357,146 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:45 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,853 COVID-related deaths and 357,146 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,894,870 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 132.65 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.87 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 75.36 million recoveries. 

Update 1:25 pm EST: There have been 423 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 239,325, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 5 confirmed cases. The figure of 239,325 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 219 are men and 201 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 30 years old
  • 199 in Dublin, 41 in Kildare, 23 in Meath, 20 in Galway, 18 in Westmeath and the remaining 122 are spread across 19 other counties

As of 8 am today, 232 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 56 are in ICU. There have been 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,220 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 6. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 6) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 151.6. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 6 is 430. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 5 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 4 of these deaths occurred in April, and 1 in February. There has been a total of 4,732 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of April 4, there have been 936,087 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 663,411 people have received their first dose
  • 272,676 people have received their second dose

Update 11:00 am EST: 88 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 117,821 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 894,315 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 561 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today. The death toll in the region remains at 2,121.

As of April 6, 958,783 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 790,860 were first doses and 167,923 were second doses.

You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

April 6

Update 2:50 pm EST: Globally, there have been more than 132.10 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of today. There have been more than 2.86 million COVID-related deaths and more than 75.02 million recoveries. 

Update 12:45 pm EST: There have been 443 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 238,907, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 238,907 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 239 are men and 203 are women
  • 75% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 31 years old
  • 208 in Dublin, 32 in Cork, 24 in Kildare, 20 in Meath, 17 in Donegal and the remaining 142 spread across 19 other counties

As of 8 am today, 261 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 60 are in ICU. There have been 12 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,482 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on April 4. The 14-day (ending at midnight on April 4) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 157.1. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020, when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to April 4 is 463. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 9 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 3 of these deaths occurred in January, 2 in February, 3 in March, and 1 in April. There has been a total of 4,727 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of April 3, there have been 932,324 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 660,800 people have received their first dose
  • 271,524 people have received their second dose

Update 9:50 am EST: Northern Ireland’s Department of Health will not be fully updating its dashboard until Wednesday, April 7.

57 people have tested positive in the region in the past 24 hours and three more deaths have been reported.

The Department of Health #COVID19 Dashboard will be fully updated on Wednesday 7 April. The following information is available today:

57 people have tested positive in the past 24 hours. Sadly, 3 deaths have been reported. pic.twitter.com/YmINnHS6Ed

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

April 4

Update 12:45 pm EST: Globally, there have been more than 131.51 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date. There have been more than 2.85 million COVID-related deaths and more than 74.69 million recoveries. 

Update 11:35 am EST: There have been 320 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 238,466, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 238,466 confirmed cases reflects this.)

No new deaths were reported in the Republic of Ireland today; the death toll remains at 4,718.

As of April 2, there have been 923,878 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 655,292 people have received their first dose
  • 268,586 people have received their second dose

Update 11:10 am EST: Northern Ireland’s Department of Health will not be fully updating its dashboard until Wednesday, April 7.

89 people have tested positive in the region in the past 48 hours and 2 more deaths have been reported.

The Department of Health #COVID19 Dashboard will be fully updated on Wednesday 7 April. The following information is available today:

89 people have tested positive in the past 48 hours. Sadly, 2 deaths have been reported. pic.twitter.com/g32KY7nEjb

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

April 3

Update 11:50 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 511 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 237,695. 

The Department also announced two further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,715. 

There are currently 242 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 65 requiring intensive care. 

As of March 31,  865,460 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 619,003 people receiving the first dose and 246,457 receiving both doses. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has reported 84 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 117,587. 

The Department reported no new coronavirus deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll remained at 2,116.

Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 96% with 16 coronavirus patients in intensive care and 10 patients on a ventilator. 

Six Northern Irish care homes are currently dealing with an outbreak of the virus. 

There have now been 355,282 cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic last year in addition to 6,831 COVID deaths. 

April 2 - 6,829 deaths, 354,690 cases between Ireland and NI

Update 12:45 pm EST: There have now been 354,690 confirmed cases of the coronavirus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic in addition to 6,829 deaths. 

Globally, there have been 130.4 million cases of the virus and 2.84 million deaths. A total of 105 million people are estimated to have recovered from the virus.

Update 11:30 am EST: The Department of Health has announced 591 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 237,187. 

The Department also announced eight further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,713. 

There are currently 264 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals - the lowest level of hospitalizations since Christmas Day - with 62 people requiring intensive care. 

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population currently stands at 166.6 with 7,935 cases diagnosed over the past two weeks. 

Of the cases reported today, 72% were under the age of 45, while 288 were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 40 cases were reported in Kildare, 30 in Meath, 28 in Westmeath, 27 in Laois, and the remaining 178 cases were spread across 19 other counties.

A total of 840,561 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland as of March 30, with 603,802 people receiving the first dose and 236,759 people receiving both doses. 

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn urged people to keep their contacts low over the Easter weekend and encouraged people from different households to only meet up outdoors. He also advised people not to travel in a car with someone from a different household. 

Update 10 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 107 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in the region to 117,503. 

The Department also confirmed one further COVID-19-related death as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 2,116. 

A total of 846 people have tested positive for the virus over the past seven days, down from 1,062 the previous week. 

There are currently 112 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with 17 in intensive care and nine on a ventilator. 

Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 98%, while six Northern Irish care homes are dealing with outbreaks of the virus. 

April 1 - 6,720 deaths, 353,996 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:55 pm EST: The Irish government has today expanded its list of "high-risk" countries. Travelers arriving in the Republic of Ireland from these countries are subject to a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

You can learn more about which countries are subject to Ireland's mandatory hotel quarantine here and how the quarantine system works here.

Update 3:35 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,720 COVID-related deaths and 353,996 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,721,442 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 129.24 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.82 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 73.28 million recoveries. 

Update 3:30 pm EST:  Dr. Michael McBride, the Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, and Dr. Ronan Glynn, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Ireland, have today issued a joint statement urging people across the island of Ireland to adhere to public health restrictions over the Easter holiday weekend.

The letter states: “Easter is a time when, traditionally, many of us spend time with our families and loved ones. Unfortunately, this Easter, we still have a very dangerous, very transmissible virus, circulating in our communities that continues to spread and cause serious illness and, sadly, death.

“People in all corners of Ireland have continued to follow the public health advice by quietly taking all the appropriate actions to protect all of us from this disease. Most people are making a huge sacrifice and missing time with loved ones in order for us to stay on course with the public health guidance.

“We must ask that, once again, we work together to prevent a further wave of infection by celebrating this Easter safely. Please continue to stick with the public heath advice and avoid visiting other homes at this time. Do not give this virus the opportunities it is seeking to spread.

“We have already seen the clear bonus that vaccinations are bringing with cases and deaths in nursing homes and hospitals and cases amongst healthcare workers falling dramatically across the island. There are much brighter days ahead.

“If we can stick with these measures, we can avoid another wave and all of us, together, will be able to look back as a society, and reflect proudly on how we came together to protect each other and save lives.”

Update 12:40 pm EST: There have been 761 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 236,600, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 15 confirmed cases. The figure of 236,600 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 383 are men and 373 are women
  • 72% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 33 years old
  • 372 in Dublin, 55 in Meath, 43 in Cork, 40 in Kildare, 38 in Offaly and the remaining 213 cases are spread across 19 other counties

As of 8 am today, 274 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. There have been 18 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,851 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 31. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 31) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 164.9. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 31 is 536. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 18 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today, 11 occurred in March, and 7 occurred in February. The median age of those who died was 81 years and the age range was 59 - 95 years. There has been a total of 4,705 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 28, there have been 819,676 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 590,688 people have received their first dose
  • 228,988 people have received their second dose

Update 11:10 am EST: 107 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 117,396 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 886,504 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 915 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today for the second day in a row. The death toll in the region remains at 2,015.

As of April 1, 901,766 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 756,013 were first doses and 145,753 were second doses.

You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

March 31 - 6,702 deaths, 353,143 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:15 pm EST: The Irish government has today published its updated Provisional Vaccine Allocation Groups. You can read more here.

Update 2:00 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,702 COVID-related deaths and 353,143 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,694,139 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 128.49 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.80 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 72.89 million recoveries. 

Update 12:55  pm EST: There have been 411 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 235,854, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 235,854 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 202 are men and 209 are women
  • 70% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 35 years old
  • 150 in Dublin, 31 in Donegal, 25 in Kildare, 25 in Wexford, 21 in Offaly and the remaining 159 cases are spread across 17 other counties

As of 8 am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 67 are in ICU. There have been 16 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,669 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 30. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 30) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 161.1. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 30 is 509. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 6 additional deaths related to COVID-19. All reported deaths occurred in March. The median age of those who died was 79 years and the age range was 49 - 87 years. There has been a total of 4,687 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 28, there have been 806,541 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 580,857 people have received their first dose
  • 225,684 people have received their second dose

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Together with all of the basic public health measures with which we are all now so familiar, vaccination will significantly reduce risk of COVID-19 over the next relatively short period of time. It will radically reduce mortality when those over 70 are fully vaccinated but will initially have a smaller effect on hospitalisation and critical care until the wider adult population, especially vulnerable adults and those aged 50-69 years, are protected by vaccination.

"There is a critical window over the next 8 weeks where any significant increase in close contact is likely to lead to a significant fourth wave of infection in the range of that experienced in January 2021.

"We can and should be optimistic for an enjoyable summer ahead but, in the meantime, we have to continue to work together to prevent a further wave of infection as we accelerate vaccination across society and maintain our health services."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: "The Reproduction number is currently estimated at 1.0 – 1.3. If the epidemic is growing again now, the doubling time is estimated at 35 days or longer.

"When comparing the risks of levels of social mixing now and over the coming months with that which applied in 2020, we need to take into account the B.1.1.7 variant and how easily that transmits, and we must also take account of the vaccination-induced immunity that will progressively protect us and make it more difficult for the virus to transmit.

"Vaccination will contribute greatly to the easing of measures in the coming months, however now we need to keep transmission as low as possible so that vaccination of the population can take place and have the desired effect."

Dr. Siobhán Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and Integrated Care Lead, HSE, said today: "We are continuing to review instances of ‘long-COVID’. While the evidence base is limited to date, the studies available indicate that people who have had COVID-19 have reported a drop in quality of life including greater difficulty doing usual activities as well as increases in fatigue, anxiety and loss of sense of taste and or smell. One study suggests that outcomes are worse in working age females than males, in those who were hospitalised.

"The long-term impact of post-COVID syndromes on the working age population is not well understood but it could be significant. Our best defence against long term health impacts such as those noted above is still to adhere to the public health advice. Stay safe by sticking with your bubble and enjoy the outdoors."

Professor Pete Lunn, Behavioural Research Unit, ESRI, said today: "Compliance remains generally high, but the behaviour of a minority is increasing the risk for all of us. Even this minority are trying to stick to restrictions in most aspects, but they are nevertheless visiting other homes. It would be much better if people could instead meet at outdoor locations and maintain distance.

"Our research finds that three psychological factors are linked to increased social activity: how worried people are in general by the virus, whether they view the restrictions as coherent, and how they personally view the trade-off between preventing the spread of the virus against the burden of the restrictions. Interestingly, we don’t find that fatigue is directly linked to behaviour. Those who say they are most tired of the restrictions are not more likely to break them. Rather, what matters is whether they view the benefit to society from preventing the spread of the virus as more important."

Update 12:00 pm EST: 123 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 117,289 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 884,052 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 977 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today. The death toll in the region remains at 2,015.

As of March 31, 887,598 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 749,112 were first doses and 138,486 were second doses.

As of today, Northern Ireland’s Covid-19 vaccination programme has been extended to people in the 45-49 age bracket. Everyone aged 45 and over in Northern Ireland can now book to have their jab at a vaccination centre or participating community pharmacy.

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann, who today received his first COVID vaccination jab, said: “Vaccination is absolutely vital as we move forward out of this pandemic. Great work has been done at pace to progress the programme but we need to maintain that momentum.

“Whether you are in this latest age group, or one of the other eligible groups, please don’t delay in getting the vaccine. As we keep saying, the best time to book is now.”

You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

March 30 - The Republic of Ireland has a new road map, with vaccines in mind

Updated 2:40pm EST: Ireland's leader, Taoiseach Micheal Martin has announced that Ireland will begin a phased reopening following its period of Level 5 lockdown since New Years'. As of April 12, Irish people will be allowed to freely travel within their own county while social interactions will remains restricted.... Read more here. 

Updated 12:30pm EST: 6,796 deaths and 352,610 cases in Northern Ireland the Republic since the start of the pandemic.

The Republic of Ireland has reported 14 more deaths due to covid today and 368 new cases of the coronavirus. This brings the death toll to 4,681 while the case count stands at 235,444.

Of today's recorded deaths 12 occurred during the month of  March, one in February, and one in January. The median age of those who died was 83 years and the age range was 68 - 97 years.

In Northern Ireland, a further five deaths were reported today and 151 new cases. The death toll in the North now stands at 2,115.

As of today hospital bed occupancy in Northern Ireland is at 97%. 

March 29 - 6,678 deaths, 352,093 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:05 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,678 COVID-related deaths and 352,093 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,642,057 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 127.44 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.78 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 72.27 million recoveries. 

Update 2:50 pm EST: There have been 539 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 235,078, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 235,078 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 288 are men and 249 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 32 years old
  • 262 in Dublin, 32 in Kildare, 30 in Westmeath, 26 in Galway, 21 in Meath, 21 in Offaly and the remaining 147 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8am today, 331 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 70 are in ICU. There have been 19 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,796 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 28. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 28) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 163.7. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 28 is 591. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1 additional death related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 4,667 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 26, there have been 786,569 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 567,023 people have received their first dose
  • 219,546 people have received their second dose

NPHET and the Irish Cabinet engaged in meetings today and it is expected that tomorrow, March 30, announcements will be made regarding the next phase of lockdowns across the Republic of Ireland. As it stands, the current restrictions in the country are set to last until April 5, next Monday.

Update 10:30 am EST: 65 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 117,015, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

Today's figure of 65 new cases is the lowest daily number of new cases reported in Northern Ireland since September 9.

To date, 879,262 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,016 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today. The death toll in the region remains at 2,011.

As of March 29, 855,488 vaccine doses have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 730,471 were first doses and 125,017 were second doses.

Elsewhere, the mass vaccination centre at the SSE Arena in Belfast has opened today to anyone over the age of 50 who is eligible to receive the vaccine.

‘If you’re in an eligible group, book your vaccine and don’t delay’ says Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride speaking at the opening of the regional vaccination centre at the @SSEBelfastArena pic.twitter.com/5AiLDUusvo

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) March 29, 2021

You can find out if you’re eligible for vaccination in Northern Ireland here.

March 28

Update 1 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 604 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 234,541. 

The Department also reported 13 further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,666.

There are currently 322 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 66 requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases announced today, 77% were under the age of 45, while 224 cases were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 45 cases were reported in Donegal, 36 in Kildare, 34 in Limerick, 26 in Tipperary, and the remaining cases were spread across 20 other counties.

As of March 25, 760,168 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 548,945 people receiving the first dose and 211,223 people receiving both doses. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 116 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in the region to 116,950. 

The Department additionally announced two further COVID-19-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 2,111. 

A total of 1,061 people have tested positive for the virus in Northern Ireland over the past seven days and there are currently 126 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with 15 requiring intensive care and 11 on a ventilator. 

Northern Irish hospitals are operating at 93% occupancy, while there active outbreaks of the virus in six care homes in Northern Ireland. 

There have now been 351,491 cases of the coronavirus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic in addition to 6,777 COVID deaths. 

March 27

Update 1:40 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 624 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 233,937. 

The Department also reported two further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,653. 

There are currently 304 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 64 requiring intensive care. The number of COVID hospitalizations in Ireland has fallen 85% from its Jan. 20 peak of 2,020, while Ireland's ICU figures have fallen by 70% from their peak of 224 on Jan. 24. 

Of the cases reported today, 75% were under the age of 45, while 308 cases were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 41 cases were reported in Kildare, 38 in Donegal, 31 in Meath, 29 in Offaly, and the remaining cases were spread across 18 other counties.

As of March 24, 732,678 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland with 529,984 people receiving the first dose of the vaccine and 202,694 receiving both doses.

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has confirmed 138 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 116,834. 

The Department also announced two further COVID-19-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 2,109. 

There are currently 130 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals, with 14 in intensive care and 10 requiring a ventilator, while Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 93%. 

There are active outbreaks of the virus in six Northern Irish care homes. 

There have now been 350,771 confirmed cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic last year in addition to 6,762 deaths. 

March 26 - 6,758 deaths, 350,023 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:20 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,758 COVID-related deaths and 350,023 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,534,658 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 125.74 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.75 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 71.26 million recoveries. 

Update 2:05 pm EST: There have been 584 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 233,327, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 15 confirmed cases. The figure of 233,327 confirmed cases reflects this.)

115,814 COVID tests have been completed in the last seven days in the Republic of Ireland, with a positive rate of 3.7 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 297 are men and 286 are women
  • 72% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 34 years old
  • 222 in Dublin, 44 in Kildare, 33 in Offaly, 31 in Meath, 29 in Westmeath and the remaining 225 cases are spread across 19 other counties

As of 8 am today, 317 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 67 are in ICU. There have been 25 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,530 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 25. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 25) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 158.1. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 25 is 552. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 20 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today, 11 occurred in March, 3 in February and 6 in January. The median age of those who died was 73 years. The age range was 57-91 years. There has been a total of 4,651 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 23, there have been 709,348 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 515,800 people have received their first dose
  • 193,548 people have received their second dose

Update 10:25 am EST: Today is the first day of mandatory hotel quarantine for people arriving into the Republic of Ireland from countries that have been deemed "high risk." There are currently 33 countries on the list.

You can read more about the mandatory hotel quarantine system that has begun in Ireland here.

Update 10:20 am EST: 181 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 116,696, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 873,421 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,061 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today for the third day in a row. The death toll in the region remains at 2,107.

As of March 26, 825,310 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 711,673 were first doses and 113,637 were second doses.

March 25 - 6,738 deaths, 349,273 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:40 pm EST: In an update shared earlier today, Ireland's Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly says he expects to see four in every five adults in the Republic of Ireland to have been offered a vaccine by the end of June.

He also said: "The vaccines are working and they're working really well."

The number of cases of Covid among those aged 85 and older, over the past two weeks alone, has fallen by nearly a half. This contrasts with a lower 9 per cent decrease in case numbers in all those aged under 85, where the vast majority are unvaccinated.

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) March 25, 2021

Update 3:30 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,738 COVID-related deaths and 349,273 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,498,690 COVID vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 125.16 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 2.74 million COVID-related deaths and more than 70.93 million recoveries. 

Update 3:15 pm EST: There have been 606 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 232,758, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the COVID cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 298 are men and 305 are women
  • 75% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 33 years old
  • 249 in Dublin, 57 in Donegal, 39 in Kildare, 32 in Meath, 31 in Louth and the remaining 198 cases are spread across all other counties

As of 8 am today, 312 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 75 are in ICU. There have been 24 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

110,011 COVID tests have been completed in the last seven days in the Republic of Ireland, with a positive rate of 3.8 percent.

There have been 7,597 new COVID cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 24. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 24) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 159.5. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 24 is 589. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today, 2 occurred in March and 1 in February. There has been a total of 4,631 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 22, there have been 690,449 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 503,796 people have received their first dose
  • 186,653 people have received their second dose

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "The vast majority of people are making a huge sacrifice and missing time with loved ones in order for us to stay on course with the public health guidance.

"However, we know that in the week ending March 14th, approximately one-in-ten people visited another household for social reasons, with most of these visits involving time spent indoors. While this clearly demonstrates that the vast majority of people are sticking with the public health guidance, it does represent a significant change versus January when just one in 20 people were visiting other homes for social reasons.

"Please continue to stick with the public health advice and avoid visiting other homes at this time – do not give this virus the opportunities it is seeking to spread."

Dr. Lorraine Nolan, Chief Executive Officer, Health Products Regulatory Authority said today: "People can be assured about the transparency and honesty of the vaccines monitoring and approvals process.

"Where there is any indication of concern in relation to side effects of a vaccine, even in a very small number of cases across the EU, we have seen that appropriate steps will be taken to ensure further investigation if needed. There are risks associated with all vaccines but with COVID-19, the benefits of a vaccine far outweigh the risks for a very small number of cases. Rigorous monitoring and safety reporting is ongoing by the HPRA in partnership with our EU partners.

"We have three safe and effective vaccines, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna and we will shortly add the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to increase the roll out of protection against this highly transmissible disease."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: "We are experiencing a levelling off in the daily incidence rate of COVID-19 and the concern is that we could so easily move backwards and undo the progress that has been hard-earned since the beginning of the year. The pattern isn’t entirely clear and continues to be volatile, so we’ll be monitoring this quite carefully over the coming weeks.

"It is important to remember that when the infection gets into a household the transmission rates are very high – up to one-third of contacts within a household will subsequently become infected. It is critically important during this very volatile stage that we minimise our contacts where possible and follow public health advice."

Dr. Miriam Owens, Director of Public Health, HSE, said today: "Today sees the opening of new walk-in test centres in areas of high transmission to enable increased ease of access to testing facilities for people who don’t have symptoms. If you do experience symptoms, I would encourage you to contact your GP to arrange a test as soon as possible.

"Together we can break the chains of transmission of this infection, by washing our hands, keeping a safe distance, and by avoiding all non-essential activity where you are mixing with others."

Update 12:55 pm EST: The Irish government has today provided an update on the country’s COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to the Republic of Ireland.

As of Sunday 21 March, 680,015 doses of vaccine have been administered in Ireland. Vaccination with AstraZeneca was deferred throughout most of Week 11.

Moderna Inc has requested that 50% of its vaccine is held back for second doses. Similarly, an appropriate buffer amount is built up and held back for all vaccines to ensure the availability of second doses for the following week. 

Currently, about 95% of available vaccines are administered within seven days of arrival in Ireland.

  • Week 9 2021
    • Pfizer 57,330
    • Moderna -
    • AstraZeneca 36,000
  • Week 10 2021
    • Pfizer 60,840
    • Moderna -
    • AstraZeneca 84,000
  • Week 11 2021
    • Pfizer 59,670
    • Moderna 27,600
    • AstraZeneca 9,600
  • Total vaccines received to and including March 19, 2021: 855,360
    • Pfizer 570,960
    • Moderna 68,400
    • AstraZeneca 216,000

Update 11:25 am EST: 183 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 116,515, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 870,474 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,054 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today for the second day in a row. The death toll in the region remains at 2,107.

As of March 25, 808,241 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 703,334 were first doses and 104,907 were second doses.

March 24 - 6,735 deaths, 348,496 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:35 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,735 COVID-related deaths and 348,496 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,471,132 COVID vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 124.47 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.73 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 70.63 million recoveries. 

Update 2:05 pm EST: There have been 683 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 232,164, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 232,164 confirmed cases reflects this.)

105,704 COVID tests have been completed in the last seven days in the Republic of Ireland, with a positive rate of 4 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 324 are men and 359 are women
  • 75% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 32 years old
  • 308 in Dublin, 68 in Donegal, 49 in Kildare, 35 in Meath, 30 in Offaly and the remaining 193 cases are spread across 21 other counties

As of 8 am today, 329 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 76 are in ICU. There have been 18 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,586 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 23. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 23) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 159.3. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 23 is 573. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 18 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today, 6 occurred in March, 7 in February and 5 in January. There has been a total of 4,628 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 21, there have been 680,015 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 495,824 people have received their first dose
  • 184,191 people have received their second dose

Update 11:45 am EST: 139 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 116,332, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 867,584 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,014 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been no COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today. The death toll in the region remains at 2,107.

As of March 24, 791,117 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 694,863 were first doses and 96,254 were second doses.

March 23 - 6,717 deaths, 347,677 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:10 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,717 COVID-related deaths and 347,677 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,452,157 COVID vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 123.96 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 2.72 million COVID-related deaths and more than 70.32 million recoveries. 

Update 2:00 pm EST: There have been 371newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 231,484, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 6 confirmed cases. The figure of 231,484 confirmed cases reflects this.)

101,715 COVID tests have been completed in the last seven days in the Republic of Ireland. The positivity rating for the past seven days is 4 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 183 are men and 187 are women
  • 75% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 30 years old
  • 151 in Dublin, 31 in Offaly, 27 in Donegal, 25 in Galway, 21 in Meath, and the remaining 116 cases are spread across 16 other counties

As of 8 am today, 357 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 76 are in ICU. There have been 25 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,538 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 22. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 22) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 158.3. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 22 is 538. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 24 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 12 deaths occurred in March, 10 in February, and 2 in January. The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 49 - 100 years. There has been a total of 4,610 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 4,610 deaths reflects this.)

As of March 20, there have been 675,946 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 492,106 people have received their first dose
  • 183,840 people have received their second dose

Update 1:05 pm EST: Mandatory hotel quarantine for arrivals from certain "high risk" countries comes into effect in the Republic of Ireland beginning Friday, March 26. You can learn more here.

Update 12:10 pm EST: 174 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 116,193, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 865,728 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,048 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been two more COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,107. Both of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am March 22 - 10 am March 23.

As of March 21, 776,211 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 687,528 were first doses and 88,683 were second doses.

March 22 - 6,693 deaths, 347,138 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:00 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,693 COVID-related deaths and 347,138 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,414,783 COVID vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 123.51 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.71 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 69.97 million recoveries. 

Update 2:20 pm EST: There have been 520 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 231,119, according to Ireland's Department of Health

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 258 are men and 262 are women
  • 79% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 28 years old
  • 242 in Dublin, 36 in Meath, 30 in Offaly, 29 in Kildare, 25 in Wicklow and the remaining 158 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8 am today, 359 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 81 are in ICU. There have been 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,481 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 21. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 21) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 157.1. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 21 is 580. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1 additional death related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 4,588 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 19, there have been 668,529 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 487,466 people have received their first dose
  • 181,063 people have received their second dose

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "It is a very welcome development to see new visitation guidance for nursing homes coming into effect from today. As we begin to experience the benefits of vaccination, it is a reminder of what we are collectively working towards, a vaccination rollout that, along with our other protective measures, will end this pandemic.

"People have worked exceptionally hard over the past three months to reduce transmission in our communities. We have shown time and again that we can act collectively to protect one another. Please keep this going over the coming weeks."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group said today: "For the week of the 7th-13th of March, 60% of disease incidence is taking place through close contact transmission and 24% in the community. 59% of transmissions are occurring in households. Outside of the household, almost half of transmissions are occurring in social gatherings and the workplace."

Dr. Cillian de Gascun, Medical Virologist and Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, said today: "The B117 variant, Ireland’s most dominant variant of COVID-19 accounts for more than 90% of our cases and is extremely transmissible. Public health advice aims to limit the opportunities this virus has to spread, and it should be noted that B117 does not need much opportunity to do so. The most effective way to stop the spread of this variant and all variants of COVID-19 is to limit your social contacts and follow public health advice."

Dr. Máirín Ryan, Deputy CEO of HIQA and Director of Health Technology Assessment, said today: "Today, HIQA published an international review on public health measures and strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19. Ireland took a robust approach from the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 and maintained low hospitalisations and ICU admissions per million population when compared to other countries.

"All countries with a published risk framework that is applied at national level are currently operating at the highest risk level.

"All countries included in the report have launched their COVID-19 vaccination programmes, with Israel having the largest share of its population fully vaccinated (47.5%) followed by Switzerland (4.3%) and Denmark (4.2%). In Ireland, 3.3% of the population were fully vaccinated by the 12th of March."

Update 11:45 am EST: President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina have both received the COVID vaccine, it was confirmed today.

Their turn having come, President Higgins and Sabina were grateful to receive their first COVID-19 vaccination from their local GP on Friday.

— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) March 22, 2021

Update 11:10 am EST: 87 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 116,019, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

This is the first time in about six months that the daily number of newly reported cases was below 100.

To date, 863,860 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,050 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There has been one more COVID-related death reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,105. The newly reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am March 21 - 10 am March 22.

As of March 21, 746,254 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 667,758 were first doses and 78,496 were second doses.

March 21

Update 1:50 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 769 new cases of the coronavirus, the highest number of daily cases since Feb. 26.

There have now been 230,600  confirmed infections in Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic. 

The Department also reported two further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,587. 

There are currently 360 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 82 patients requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases announced today, 75% were under the age of 45, while 284 cases were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 67 cases were reported in Donegal, 47 in Offaly, 45 in Meath, and 44 in Kildare. The remaining 282 cases were spread across 20 other counties. 

There has been a 9% week-on-week increase in case numbers compared to last week, according to Professor Philip Nolan of NPHET's epidemiological modeling advisory group.

As of March 18, 654,251 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland with 478,725 receiving the first dose and 175,526 people receiving both doses.

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 125 new cases of the virus, taking the total of infections in the region to 115,932. 

The Department also announced one further COVID-19-related death as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 2,104.

There have been 1,072 confirmed cases of the virus in the past seven days, a drop of 241 compared to last week. 

There are currently 158 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with 14 requiring intensive care. 

There have now been 346,532 cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic last year in addition to 6,691 deaths. 

March 20 

Update 1:30 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 525 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 229,831. 

The Department also reported nine further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,585. 

There are currently 328 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 83 requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases announced today, 68% were under the age of 45, while 266 cases were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 33 cases were reported in Meath, 29 in Wexford, 25 in Offaly, and 24 in Donegal. The remaining 148 cases were spread across 19 other counties.

There were no new cases reported in Kerry and Leitrim, while there were fewer than five cases reported in Carlow, Westmeath, Limerick, Sligo, Mayo, Monaghan, Clare, and Kilkenny. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 159 new cases of the virus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in the region to 115,807. 

There have been 1,085 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Ireland over the past seven days, down from 1,319 in the previous week. 

The Department reported no further COVID-19-related deaths on Saturday, meaning that Northern Ireland's death toll remains at 2,103. 

There are currently 156 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with 18 requiring intensive care and 16 on a ventilator. Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 98%. 

Northern Ireland has now administered 726,290 doses of the coronavirus vaccine, with 655,581 receiving the first dose and 70,709 people receiving both doses. 

Ireland, on the other hand, has administered 639,586 doses of the vaccine as of March 17, with 468,328 people receiving the first dose and 171,258 people receiving both doses. 

There have now been 345,638 confirmed cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic in addition to 6,688 deaths.

March 19 - 6,679 deaths, 344,954 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:05 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,679 COVID-related deaths and 344,954 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,358,649 vaccine doses administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 122.06 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.69 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 69.12 million recoveries. 

Update 2:00 pm EST: Ireland’s Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has today confirmed that clinicians in the Republic of Ireland can resume administering the AstraZeneca vaccine again from this weekend.

The Irish government temporarily suspended the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine last weekend amid concerns about blood clots. 12 other countries in the EU also suspended the use of the vaccine.

On Thursday, however, the EMA confirmed that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh the risks.

Good news on the restarting of AstraZeneca. The HSE is this evening updating clinicians and the information leaflet and will be administering the vaccine this weekend, as well as the already planned vaccination activity. pic.twitter.com/vg3LiClW9R

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) March 19, 2021

Update 1:50 pm EST: There have been 507 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 229,306, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data has resulted in the re-classification of 3 probable cases to confirmed status. The figure of 229,306 confirmed cases reflects this.)

93,958 tests have been completed in the Republic of Ireland over the last seven days, with a positivity rate of 3.9 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 249 are men and 255 are women
  • 70% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 33 years old
  • 216 in Dublin, 40 in Kildare, 29 in Galway, 24 in Offaly, 18 in Tipperary, and the remaining 180 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8 am today, 336 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 87 are in ICU. 43 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,165 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 18. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 18) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 150.5. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 18 is 513. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 10 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 9 deaths occurred in March, 1 date of death remains under investigation. The median age of those who died was 75 years and the age range was 45 – 88 years. There has been a total of 4,576 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 16, 632,359 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 463,500 people have received their first dose
  • 168,859 people have received their second dose

Update 12:15 pm EST: The Russian Ambassador to Ireland Yuriy Filatov said in a statement today that Russia is prepared to "cooperate" with the Republic of Ireland on the distribution of its Sputnik vaccine.

He wrote: “There has been a great interest in Sputnik V in many quarters of the world. As of today, this vaccine is approved for use in 51 countries with a total population of over 1.3 billion people. Russia continues to receive many requests from partners, including the EU members, for direct supplies of Sputnik V. 

“Interestingly, many Irish citizens and media representatives regularly write to the Embassy asking if the Irish government contacted on the issue of  Sputnik V supplies and seeking the ways to receive the Russian jab. I would like to assure all of them that we would like to help and are open for any discussions on vaccine supplies to Ireland as well as other aspects of cooperation with the Russian vaccine producers – if there is an interest on the Irish Government side.”

Update 12:00 pm EST: 137 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 115,648, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 859,434 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,102 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been three more COVID-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,103. All three of the newly reported deaths occurred inside the current reporting period, 10 am March 18 - 10 am March 19.

As of March 19, 726,290 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 655,581 were first doses and 70,709 were second doses.

March 18 - 6,667 deaths, 344,307 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:40 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,667 COVID-related deaths and 344,307 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,308,198 vaccinations administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 121.54 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.68 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 68.84 million recoveries. 

Update 2:20 pm EST:  There have been 582 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 228,796, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

97,533 tests have been completed in the Republic of Ireland over the last seven days, with a positivity rate of 3.8 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 290 are men / 291 are women
  • 74% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 32 years old
  • 156 in Dublin, 23 in Meath, 19 in Donegal, 15 in Louth, 14 in Kildare and the remaining 198 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

As of 8 am today, 345 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 83 are in ICU. 24 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,179 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 17. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 17) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 150.8. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 17 is 489. 

There have been no deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today. There has been a total of 4,566 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 15, 620,580 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 455,182 people have received their first dose
  • 165,398 people have received their second dose

Update 12:40 pm EST: The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has today confirmed that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine’s “benefits still outweigh the risks despite possible link to rare blood clots with low blood platelets.”

The EMA that "around 20 million people in the UK and EEA had received the vaccine as of March 16 and EMA had reviewed only 7 cases of blood clots in multiple blood vessels (disseminated intravascular coagulation, DIC) and 18 cases of CVST.

"A causal link with the vaccine is not proven, but is possible and deserves further analysis."

On March 14, the Republic of Ireland temporarily suspended the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine amid concerns about blood clots. 12 other countries in the EU also suspended use of the vaccine.

Update 12:30 pm EST: 169 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 115,511, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 857,758 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,152 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There has been one COVID-related death reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,101. The one newly reported death occurred inside the current reporting period, 10 am March 17 - 10 am March 18.

As of March 18, 713,392 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 646,190 were first doses and67,202 were second doses.

March 17

Update 1:55 pm EST: There have been 557 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 228,215, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 227,663 confirmed cases reflects this.)

99,088 tests have been completed in the Republic of Ireland over the last seven days, with a positivity rate of 3.8 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 262 are men / 291 are women
  • 74% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 29 years old
  • 229 in Dublin, 58 in Kildare, 34 in Donegal, 31 in Meath, 24 in Tipperary and the remaining 181 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of 8 am today, 350 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 83 are in ICU. 19 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,048 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 16. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 16) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 148. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020, when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 16 is 481. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 17 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 9 deaths occurred in March, 4 in February, and 4 occurred in January or earlier. The median age of those who died was 81 years and the age range was 51 – 94 years. There has been a total of 4,566 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 14th, 617,050 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 452,554 people have received their first dose
  • 164,496 people have received their second dose

Update 12:05 pm EST: Northern Ireland's Department of Health is not updating its dashboard today, but has confirmed 161 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths in the region over the past 24 hours.

161 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. No deaths have been reported.

The Department of Health #COVID19 dashboard will be updated tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/g5JUwlzCBd

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

March 16 - 6,652 deaths, 342,844 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 4:25 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,652 COVID-related deaths and 342,844 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,308,198 vaccinations administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 120.51 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.66 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 68.32 million recoveries. 

Update 4:10 pm EST: Taoiseach Micheal Martin today issued an appeal for people to not congregate tomorrow, St. Patrick's Day:

"Saint Patrick’s Day is a special occasion for every Irish person around the world. It is a day when we celebrate our nation, our heritage and our people.

"This year, the day carries an added poignancy as we reflect on a year that has been dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the loss of more than 6,500 family, friends and neighbours across the island who have died with the virus.

"We normally spend this day with our extended family and friends going to parades or to sporting events. Unfortunately, we cannot do this tomorrow.

"The enormous effort that the entire country has put in to drive down the rate of infection is working. We have successfully reduced the pressure on our health service, and we are moving in the right direction, but we are at a crossroads.

"The variant that is now dominant in the country is much more contagious and therefore much more dangerous. We must keep it under control and I am hopeful that everyone will make a special effort to mark the day in a COVID safe manner. It is very important that people do not congregate or meet up for social gatherings in their homes or anywhere else. To do so would be to undermine all of the sacrifices we have made to date.

"The opportunity to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day will come again. Our vaccination programme continues to be rolled out and as supply increases, we will get them to people quickly. But for the moment, we must continue to observe the current restrictions.

"Lá Fhéile Pádraig is the day when the world honours the Irish people. There can be no better way to honour our people in 2021 than to stay focused and avoid another wave of infection with this terrible virus."

Update 2:45 pm EST: There have been 349 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 227,663, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 227,663 confirmed cases reflects this.)

99,371 tests have been completed in the Republic of Ireland over the last seven days, with a positivity rate of 3.8 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 172 are men and 177 are women
  • 70% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 33 years old
  • 156 in Dublin, 23 in Meath, 19 in Donegal, 15 in Louth, 14 in Kildare and the remaining 122 cases are spread across all other counties

As of 8 am today, 355 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 88 are in ICU. There have been 36 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,052 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 15. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 15) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 148.1. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 15 is 499. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 18 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 17 deaths occurred in March, and 1 in February. The median age of those who died was 78 years and the age range was 55 – 102 years. There has been a total of 4,552 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 13, there have been 615,934 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 451,589 people have received their first dose
  • 164,345 people have received their second dose

Update 11:25 am EST: 164 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 115,181, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 853,882 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,208 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There has been one COVID-related death reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,100. The one newly reported death occurred inside the current reporting period, 10 am March 15 - 10 am March 16.

As of March 16, 692,264 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 634,019 were first doses and 58,245 were second doses.

March 15 - 6,633 deaths, 342,333 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:00 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,633 COVID-related deaths and 342,333 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,291,001 vaccinations administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 120.09 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.65 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 68.06 million recoveries. 

Update 2:10 pm EST: There have been 575 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 227,316, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

101,564 tests have been completed in the Republic of Ireland over the last seven days, with a positivity rate of 3.7 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 289 are men and 282 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 30 years old
  • 232 in Dublin, 48 in Meath, 41 in Tipperary, 38 in Kildare, 30 in Galway and the remaining 186 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8 am today, 360 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 85 are in ICU. There have been 25 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,064 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 14. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 14) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 148.3. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 14 is 548. 

For the second day in a row, there have been no new deaths reported to Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre. There has been a total of 4,534 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 12, there have been 606,904 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 443,092 people have received their first dose
  • 163,812 people have received their second dose

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "While there has been a very understandable focus on the vaccine programme over recent days, we must not lose sight of the danger that COVID-19 continues to pose. While, in time, vaccines will have a very significant positive impact on COVID-19, they will not stop a further wave of disease over the coming weeks. We are seeing this play out across Europe with many countries now experiencing pressure on their hospital and critical care capacities. We must not let this happen here.

"Together, we have done an extraordinary job of driving down incidence of disease. These efforts are cause for real hope and, if we can return to decreasing indicators of disease, we can continue to protect our loved ones and look forward to much brighter days ahead."

Professor Karina Butler, Chair of National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) said today: "All vaccines authorised for use in Ireland are proven to be very effective against severe COVID-19 disease. The safety of vaccines is underpinned by the ongoing monitoring that the NIAC, the HPRA and the EMA undertake on a rolling basis.

"We will continue to monitor the situation relating to COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca and if we can be satisfied that these events are coincidental and not caused by this vaccine, we will reassess the situation and our recommendations. The HPRA will keep NIAC fully informed as the EMA investigation progresses and we, in turn, will ensure to keep you updated."

Dr. Ray Walley, Member of the National COVID-19 GP Liaison Committee said today: "Every medication, including every vaccine, has side effects. Our role as clinicians, is to weigh up the benefits and risks of medications. I want to reassure those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine in this country that there are, and continue to be, enormous benefits in the vaccine programme, based on evidence relating to all the vaccines we’re using in this country, including COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca.

"Evidence coming to light from other countries, and here in Ireland, indicates benefits for older people and vulnerable people, in terms of reduced hospitalisation and reduced death, particularly in older and frailer people. The temporary deferral of use of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is necessary in order to give the assurance that we’re taking notice if there are any safety signals at all, any risks that may be identified during the considerable, ongoing monitoring of vaccination programmes internationally, and I hope people take comfort from this cautious approach."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: "I noted last week that we are also seeing an increase in mobility, and, while some increase is to be expected due to many returning to school, we must continue to be very cautious. Now is not the time to be socialising, it’s just too risky.

"We must do all we can to continue to suppress this virus and to ensure that as many people as possible get to benefit from vaccination over the coming months. Each of us knows the range of tried and trusted tools at our disposal. If we continue to keep our distance, wash our hands, wear face masks and stay at home we will continue to drive down transmission of this disease."

Update 11:50 am EST: 121 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 115,017, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 852,174 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,270 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There has been one coronavirus-related death reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,099. The one newly reported death occurred inside the current reporting period, 10 am March 14 - 10 am March 15.

As of March 15, 684,097 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 629,461 were first doses and 54,636 were second doses.

From today, anyone aged 50 or over across Northern Ireland can now book their Covid-19 vaccination appointment.

March 14 

Update 1:50 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 384 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 226,741.

The Department also reported no new COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll remained at 4,534. 

There are currently 349 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 86 requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases announced today, 73% were under the age of 45, while 145 were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 41 cases were reported in Kildare, 37 in Offaly, 29 in Galway, 24 in Cork, and the remaining 108 cases were spread across 17 other counties.

As of March 11, there have been 589,512 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland with 426,819 people receiving their first dose and 162,693 people receiving both second doses.

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 143 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, taking the total number of infections in the region to 114,896.

The Department also reported no new COVID-19 deaths - the first time since October last year that no coronavirus deaths were reported in the region. 

Northern Ireland's COVID death toll remains at 2,098. 

Michelle O'Neill, Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister, said that today's news was "heartening". 

"There are brighter days ahead. Stay safe everyone," O'Neill said on Twitter.

There are currently 180 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with 23 requiring intensive care. 

Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 93%, while there are 24 available intensive care beds. 

Additionally, there are active outbreaks of the virus in 16 Northern Irish care homes. 

A total of 676,334 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Northern Ireland with 623,948 people receiving their first dose and 52,386 people receiving both doses.

There have now been X cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic in addition to 6,632 COVID deaths. 

March 13

Update 12:30 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 543 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 226,358. 

The Department also reported 16 further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,534. 

There are currently 340 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 85 patients requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases announced today, 73% were under the age of 45, while 235 cases were announced in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 50 cases were reported in Kildare, 39 in Donegal, 31 in Meath, 28 in Galway, and the remaining 160 cases were spread across 20 other counties.

As of March 10, 570,391 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 409,662 people receiving the first dose and 160,729 receiving both doses. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has confirmed 146 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 114,753.

The Department also announced one further COVID-19-related death as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 2,098. 

There are currently 180 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with 24 requiring intensive care and 18 on a ventilator. Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy currently stands at 95%, while there are active outbreaks of the virus in 14 Northern Irish care homes. 

There have now been 341,111 cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic in addition to 6,632 COVID deaths.

March 12 - 6,615 deaths, 340,427 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:35 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,615 COVID-related deaths and 340,427 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,217,190 vaccinations administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 118.79 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 2.63 million COVID-related deaths and more than 67.26 million recoveries. 

Update 1:45 pm EST: There have been 646 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 225,820 , according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 5 confirmed cases. The figure of 225,820 confirmed cases reflects this.)

98,308 tests have been completed in the Republic of Ireland over the last seven days, with a positivity rate of 3.7 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 311 are men and 332 are women
  • 74% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 30 years old
  • 243 in Dublin, 80 in Kildare, 45 in Meath, 35 in Galway, 34 in Offaly and the remaining 209 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8 am today, 344 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 87 are in ICU. There have been 16 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,588 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 11. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 11) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 159.3. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 11 is 523. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 10 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 4 deaths occurred in March, 1 in February, 1 in January and 4 are under investigation. The median age of those who died was 67 years and the age range was 41 - 83 years. There has been a total of 4,518* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 4,518 confirmed cases reflects this.)

As of March 9, there have been 553,161 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 396,089 people have received their first dose
  • 157,072 people have received their second dose

Update 11:45 am EST: 208 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 114,607, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 848,376 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,311 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There has been one coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,097. The one newly reported death occurred inside the current reporting period, 10 am March 10 - 10 am March 11.

As of March 12, 664,029 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 614,629 were first doses and 49,400 were second doses.

March 11

Update 1:45 pm EST: There have been 592 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 225,179, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed cases. The figure of 225,179 confirmed cases reflects this.)

98,449 tests have been completed in the Republic of Ireland over the last seven days, with a positivity rate of 3.7 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 299 are men / 288 are women
  • 72% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 32 years old
  • 253 in Dublin, 52 in Kildare, 35 in Donegal, 33 in Meath, 28 in Galway and the remaining 191 cases are spread across all other counties

As of 8 am today, 359 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 87 are in ICU. 32 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,721 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 10. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 10) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 162.1. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 10 is 499. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 10 additional deaths related to COVID-19. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 10 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 8 deaths occurred in March, 1 in February and 1 in January. The median age of those who died was 75 years and the age range was 0 - 84 years. There has been a total of 4,509 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 8th, 536,617 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 382,528 people have received their first dose
  • 154,089 people have received their second dose

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “Today marks one year since we reported Ireland’s first death related to COVID-19. More than 4,500 people have lost their lives with this disease. We remember them, and their families and friends, as well as the many people who remain seriously ill or who are dealing with long-term health issues because of COVID-19.

“We now have three vaccines and a fourth authorised by the European Medicines Agency today, which offers us a way out of this pandemic. We must continue to protect as many people as possible from the severe effects of COVID-19 and to give people a chance to become vaccinated over the next number of weeks and months.

“Your efforts to limit contacts and follow the public health advice is not in vain, it is to protect people and it directly saves lives.”

Today, NPHET endorsed new HPSC guidance on nursing home visitation which allows for more regular visiting. The new guidance comes into effect from the 22nd of March 2021.

Professor Martin Cormican, Clinical Lead for Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, HSE said today: “Under the new guidance, Residents may be facilitated to receive two visits per week on general compassionate grounds. This will be possible following two weeks after a high proportion of residents and healthcare workers have been vaccinated. There is no requirement to limit visits to less than one hour.

“Nursing home residents have been particularly impacted by the severity of COVID-19 restrictions. Thanks to vaccination we are delighted to be in a position to recommend new guidance and hopefully relieve residents and their families of some of the isolation they have endured for so long.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: “We are seeing continued, slow progress across all indicators of COVID-19. There are some concerning trends in the data and as the incidence remains high, our situation is precarious. Increases in mobility and workplace attendance could potentially increase infection in the coming weeks. The R- number is estimated as stable at 0.6-1.0, but it is essential over the next few weeks that we stay home, continue to limit our contacts and suppress transmission.”

Professor Karina Butler, Chair of National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) said today: “We welcome the European Medicines Agency’s conclusion that COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen met the criteria for efficacy, safety and quality. Pending EU Commission approval, it could become the fourth effective vaccine available to Ireland which is a very welcome development.”

Update 11:27 am EST: The Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine has been approved for use in the European Union, including the Republic of Ireland. You can read more here.

Update 11:25 am EST: 223 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 114,399, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 846,591 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,277 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been nine coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,096. Six of the newly reported deaths occurred inside the current reporting period, 10 am March 10 - 10 am March 11, while the other three occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of March 11, 655,643 vaccines have been administered, of which 606,695 were first doses and 48,948 were second doses.

March 10

Update 12:55 pm EST: There have been 631 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 224,588, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

97,184 tests have been completed in the Republic of Ireland over the last seven days, with a positivity rate of 3.7 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 317 are men and 308 are women
  • 74% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 29 years old
  • 247 in Dublin, 50 in Kildare, 44 in Meath, 41 in Cork, 32 in Limerick and the remaining 217 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8 am today, 370 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 92 are in ICU. There have been 31 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,739 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 9. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 9) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 162.5. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020, when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 9 is 488. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 47 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 14 of these deaths occurred in March, 18 occurred in February and 15 occurred in January. The median age of those who died was 83 years and the age range was 60 - 95 years. There has been a total of 4,499 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 7, there have been 525,768 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 375,521 people have received their first dose
  • 150,247 people have received their second dose

Update 12:45 pm EST: Taoiseach Micheál Martin today confirmed that the Republic of Ireland is set to receive an additional 46,500 Pfizer BioNTech vaccines before the end of March. 

Pleased this morning to have confirmation from Commission President @vonderleyen that Ireland will secure an additional 46,500 Pfizer BioNTech vaccines before the end of March. When they get here, they will be administered quickly. Efforts ongoing to increase production.

— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) March 10, 2021

Update 11:25 am EST: 147 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 114,176, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 844,476 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,216 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been eight coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,087. All of the newly reported deaths occurred inside the current reporting period, 10 am March 9 - 10 am March 10.

As of March 10, 648,028 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 601,101 were first doses and 46,927 were second doses.

March 9 - 6,531 deaths, 337,986 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:00 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,531 COVID-19-related deaths and 337,986 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,164,190 vaccinations administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 117.30 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 2.60 million COVID-19-related deaths and more than 66.48 million recoveries. 

Update 12:45 pm EST: There have been 311 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 223,957, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 5 confirmed cases. The figure of 223,957 confirmed cases reflects this.)

96,254 tests have been completed in the Republic of Ireland over the last seven days, with a positivity rate of 3.8 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 159 are men and 149 are women
  • 64% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 34 years old
  • 135 in Dublin, 29 in Kildare, 21 in Cork, 18 in Limerick, 14 in Louth and the remaining 94 cases are spread across 16 other counties

As of 8 am today, 397 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 95 are in ICU. There have been 24 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,683 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 8. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 8) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 161.3. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 8 is 466. 

Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 30 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 12 deaths occurred in March, 13 in February, 4 in January, and 1 is under investigation. There has been a total of 4,452 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of last March 6, there have been 523,069 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 373,149 people have received their first dose
  • 149,920 people have received their second dose

Update 11:55 am EST: 240 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 114,029, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 842,766 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,269 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been two coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,079. Both of the newly reported deaths occurred inside the current reporting period, 10 am March 8 - 10 am March 9.

As of March 8, 641,121 vaccines have been administered, of which 596,527 were first doses and 44,594 were second doses.

March 8 - 6,499 deaths, 337,440 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:45 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,499 COVID-related deaths and 337,440 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,144,976 vaccinations administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 117.02 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.59 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 66.24 million recoveries. 

Update 1:05 pm EST: There have been 437 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 223,651, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 5 confirmed cases. The figure of 223,651 confirmed cases reflects this.)

95,552 tests have been completed in the Republic of Ireland over the last seven days, with a positivity rate of 3.8 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 216 are men and 218 are women
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 34 years old
  • 184 in Dublin, 31 in Limerick, 26 in Donegal, 20 in Galway, 18 in Offaly and the remaining 158 cases are spread across all other counties

As of 8 am today, 418 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 103 are in ICU. There have been 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,952 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 7. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 7) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 167. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 7 is 495. 

There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today, March 8. There has been a total of 4,422 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of last March 5, there have been 513,322 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 363,601 people have received their first dose
  • 149,721 people have received their second dose

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "Our Amárach research data shows compliance with the key public health measures remain very high; washing hands regularly (93%), using hand sanitiser (95%), social distancing while in a queue (93%).

"While levels of anxiety (36%) and boredom (38%) are understandably high, it is encouraging to see that a sense of hope continues to rise across the population with 48% of people reporting that they feel the worst of the pandemic is behind us.

"This hope is justified in the context of the continued improvement in the key indicators of the disease and with the ongoing rollout of the vaccination programme over the coming weeks. However, it is vital that this hope does not give way to complacency; across Europe countries are seeing a deteriorating picture and our own disease incidence remains high – we must do all we can to continue to suppress this virus and to ensure that as many people as possible get to benefit from vaccination over the coming months. Keep your guard up and hold firm."

Dr. Cliona Murphy, Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said today: "We recommend that everyone of reproductive age should take the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available. We are aware of misinformation about risks associated with taking COVID-19 vaccines and an impact on fertility. There is no evidence that taking any of the COVID-19 vaccines affects a woman’s future ability to conceive, or to continue a pregnancy."

Update 11:25 am EST: 144 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 113,789, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 840,955 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,224 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been two coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,077. Both of the newly reported deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period, 10 am March 7 - 10 am March 8.

As of March 7, 631,654 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 588,803 were first doses and 42,851 were second doses.

March 7 

Update 12:45 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 525 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Ireland to 223,219.

The Department also reported three further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,422. 

There are currently 423 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 103 requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases announced today, 74% are under the age of 45, while 214 cases were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 37 cases were reported in Meath, 28 in Offaly, 28 in Limerick, 25 in Wicklow, and the remaining 193 cases were spread across 19 other counties.

Ireland's 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 has now fallen to 172.3, while there have been 8,203 cases in Ireland in the past two weeks.

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 138 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in the region to 113,645. 

The Department also reported three further COVID-19-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 2,075. 

There are currently 227 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with 33 in intensive care and 24 requiring ventilation. Northern Ireland's hospital occupancy is currently at 88%, while there are active outbreaks of the virus in 18 Northern Irish care homes. 

There have now been 336,864 confirmed cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic in addition to 6,497 deaths. 

March 6

Update 12:30 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 539 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 222,699.

The Department also announced 14 further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 4,419.

Of the deaths reported today, nine occurred in March, one occurred in February, while four took place in January. 

There are currently 414 coronavirus patients in Irish hospitals with 101 people requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases announced today, 69% were under the age of 45, while 245 were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 42 cases were reported in Meath, 29 in Kildare, 26 in Limerick, 24 in Cork, and the remaining 173 cases were spread across 19 other counties.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed on Saturday that more than half a million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have now been administered in Ireland. 

The Taoiseach said in a tweet that the vaccines were having " a significant impact on mortality and serious illness" and that coronavirus hospitalizations were "reducing all the time". 

Martin said that Ireland would begin vaccinating people with underlying health conditions from next week as well as continuing to vaccinate over 70s and healthcare workers. 

"This brings hope, along with the continued fall in COVID numbers, thanks to the sacrifices you have been making," Martin said in a video posted to Twitter. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 172 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 113,507. 

The Department also announced four further COVID-19-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 2,072. 

There have been 1,223 cases of the virus in Northern Ireland over the past seven days, down from 1,670 in the previous week. 

There are now 226 coronavirus patients in Northern Irish hospitals with 30 requiring intensive care, while there are active outbreaks of the virus in 18 Northern Irish care homes. 

There have now been 336,206 confirmed cases of the virus between Ireland and Northern Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic in addition to 6.491 deaths. 

March 5 - 6,473 deaths, 335,504 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:45 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,473 coronavirus-related deaths and 335,504 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,070,435 vaccinations administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 115.81 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.57 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 65.51 million recoveries. 

Update 1:15 pm EST: There have been 522 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 222,169, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 222,169 confirmed cases reflects this.)

101,396 tests have been completed in the Republic of Ireland over the last seven days, with a positivity rate of 4.1 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 275 are men / 243 are women
  • 67% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 33 years old
  • 280 in Dublin, 28 in Meath, 28 in Kildare, 26 in Cork and 19 in Donegal and the remaining 141 cases are spread across 19 other counties.

As of 8 am today, 426 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 102 are in ICU. 34 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 8,815 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 4. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 3) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 185.1. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 3 is 518. 

There have been 9 deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today. 4 deaths occurred in March, 3 occurred in February, and 1 in January. The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 69-94 years. There has been a total of 4,405 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 2nd, 460,637 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 316,056 people have received their first dose
  • 144,581 people have received their second dose

Update 12:10 pm EST: 166 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 113,335, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 837,005 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,226 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,068. Both of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am March 4 - 10 am March 5.

As of March 4, 609,798 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, with 568,011 of these first doses and 41,787 second doses.

March 4 - 6,462 deaths, 334,818 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:30 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,462 coronavirus-related deaths and 334,818 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,043,334 vaccinations administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 115.42 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.56 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 65.25 million recoveries. 

Update 1:20 pm EST: There have been 462 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 221,649, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 221,649 confirmed cases reflects this.)

103,934 tests have been completed in the Republic of Ireland over the last seven days, with a positivity rate of 4.2 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 224 are men and 236 are women
  • 69% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 31 years old
  • 207 in Dublin, 29 in Cork, 26 in Meath, 20 in Kildare, 18 in Galway and the remaining 162 cases are spread across all other counties

As of 8 am today, 460 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 107 are in ICU. There have been 26 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 9,057 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 3. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 3) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 190.2. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 3 is 536. 

There have been 39 deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today. 10 of these deaths occurred in March, 12 occurred in February, 13 in January, and 3 occurred earlier than this. One further death is under investigation. The median age of those who died was 81 years and the age range was 0 - 97 years. There has been a total of 4,396 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of March 1, there have been 446,474 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 303,550 people have received their first dose
  • 142,924 people have received their second dose

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "We have been made aware of four preliminary reports of stillbirths potentially associated with a condition called COVID Placentitis. These reports should be interpreted with caution as the coroners have not yet concluded their findings. The HSEs National Women and Infants Programme is aware of and is monitoring the situation and has issued a related notice to obstetric departments. I would ask that the privacy of all of those affected by this disease continue to be respected at all times."

Dr. Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health, HSE West said today: "We have confirmed that more than 200 households have had an outbreak of COVID-19 that are linked back to the outbreak among students.

"We know that the new variant is more transmissible, and, based on the latest data, approximately a third of household contacts of confirmed cases in Ireland are now testing positive. If you display any symptoms of COVID-19, you must immediately self-isolate in your room and phone your GP.

"We know how to break the chains of transmission of this disease. We must all continue to make every effort to limit our social contacts, stay home and stay safe."

Dr Máirín Ryan, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health Technology Assessment, HIQA, said today: "HIQA has today published its advice to NPHET on reducing the minimum age of mask-wearing in children. As we know, the evidence points towards face mask use in the community reducing transmission of COVID-19. However, in young children, the benefit of face masks is likely small and may be affected by their reduced ability to comply with face mask-wearing.

"The expert advisory group has not advised any change to the guidance on mask-wearing in children. The best way to ensure that schools remain a low-risk environment is by the continued use of a combination of public health measures, such as physical distancing, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, increased ventilation, and by not attending when you have symptoms of COVID-19."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: "The R number has at least remained stable and may even have decreased slightly, this is reflected in the week-on-week decline in cases that has been reported recently.

"This represents an extraordinary effort over a very challenging nine-week period that has brought us from 6,500 daily cases to under 600."

Update 11:05 am EST: 163 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 113,169, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 835,125 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,305 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,066. All three of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am March 3 - 10 am March 4.

As of March 3, 596,860 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 556,721 were first doses and 40,139 were second doses.

March 3 - 6,420 deaths, 334,195 confirmed cases between NI ad RoI

Update 2:15 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,420 coronavirus-related deaths and 334,195 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,022,663 vaccinations administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 114.97 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.55 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 65.03 million recoveries. 

Update 1:20 pm EST: There have been 566 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 221,189, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 7 confirmed cases. The figure of 221,189 confirmed cases reflects this.)

107,896 tests have been completed in the Republic of Ireland over the last seven days, with a positivity rate of 4.2 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 280 are men and 284 are female
  • 68% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 34 years old
  • 233 in Dublin, 37 in Kildare, 30 in Meath, 25 in Donegal, 24 in Westmeath and the remaining 217 cases are spread across all other counties

As of 8 am today, 489 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 114 are in ICU. There have been 29 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 9,497 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 2. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 2) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 199.4. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 2 is 591. 

There have been 25 deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today. 5 deaths occurred in March, 13 occurred in February and 6 in occurred January or earlier. There is 1 death where the date of death is under investigation. There has been a total of 4,357* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 4,357 reflects this.)

As of February 28, there have been 439,782 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 297,899 people have received their first dose
  • 141,883 people have received their second dose

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "Through the hard work and sacrifice of the vast majority of people, key disease indicators continue on a positive trajectory. However, we are still seeing outbreaks in the community, including those linked to extended families, workplaces and funerals. We need to keep up our guard against the B117 variant of COVID-19, which we know is dominant in Ireland at present and highly transmissible.

"Our willingness to stick with the public health advice in our daily routine has brought us the progress that we can see today. Together, through staying at home as much as possible, social distancing, hand washing and wearing face coverings, we can continue to drive down the spread of COVID-19."

Update 11:05 am EST: 226 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 113,006, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 833,456 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,419 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been four more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,063. Two of the newly-reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am March 2 - 10 am March 3, while the other two occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of March 2, 582,881 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 545,019 were first doses and 37,862 were second doses.

March 2 - 6,392 deaths, 333,410 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 4:00 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,392 coronavirus-related deaths and 333,410 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 1,008,654 vaccinations administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 114.69 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.54 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 64.77 million recoveries. 

Update 1:00 pm EST: There have been 359 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 220,630, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 220,630 confirmed cases reflects this.)

109,226 tests have been completed in the Republic of Ireland over the last seven days, with a positivity rate of 4.2 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 157 are men and 193 are female
  • 66% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 34 years old
  • 159 in Dublin, 25 in Westmeath, 21 in Louth, 21 in Galway, 19 in Meath and the remaining 114 cases are spread across 19 other counties

As of 8 am today, 498 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 116 are in ICU. There have been 28 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 9,580 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on March 1. The 14-day (ending at midnight on March 1) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 201.2. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to March 1 is 633. 

There have been 14 deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today. 3 deaths occurred in March, 10 in February and 1 in November. There has been a total of 4,333 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of February 27, there have been 435,895 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 294,550 people have received their first dose
  • 141,345 people have received their second dose

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, the Department of Health said today: "While the low number of cases reported today may be attributable to a weekend effect, it is nevertheless very welcome and represents the lowest number of cases reported on a single day since mid-December.

"While we continue to make good progress in Ireland, globally in the past week, the number of cases of COVID-19 has increased for the first time in 7 weeks. We must not allow this virus the opportunity to do the same here. Please hold firm to the public health advice and together we can continue to protect and build on the progress we have made over the last 2 months."

Update 12:40 pm EST: The Northern Ireland Executive has today published its plans for gradually easing restrictions in the region. You can read more here.

Update 12:15 pm EST: 149 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 112,780, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 831,473 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,440 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,059. Both of the newly-reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am March 1 - 10 am March 2.

As of March 1, 572,759 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 537,389 were first doses and 35,370 were second doses.

March 1 -  6,376 deaths, 332,904 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

*Editor's Note: Coronavirus updates from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland from February 2020 - February 2021 are available here.

Update 1:50 pm EST: As of today, there have been a total of 6,376 coronavirus-related deaths and 332,904 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive.

There have been 984,667 vaccinations administered between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inclusive so far.

Globally, there have been more than 114.30 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 2.53 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 64.52 million recoveries. 

Update 1:05 pm EST: There have been 687 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 220,273, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 6 confirmed cases. The figure of 220,273 confirmed cases reflects this.)

111,417 tests have been completed in the Republic of Ireland over the last seven days, with a positivity rate of 4.3 percent.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 352 are men and 334 are female
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 30 years old
  • 240 in Dublin, 49 in Limerick, 44 in Offaly, 40 in Galway, 36 in Louth and the remaining 278 cases are spread across 19 other counties

As of 8 am today, 540 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 120 are in ICU. There have been 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 9,964 new cases in the Republic of Ireland for the past 14 days ending at midnight on February 28. The 14-day (ending at midnight on February 28) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 209.2. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population. The 5-day moving average of new cases to February 28 is 684. 

There has been one death reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today. This death occurred in January. There has been a total of 4,319* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 4,319 deaths reflects this.)

As of last Friday (26 February), there have been 426,070 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 285,780 people have received their first dose
  • 140,290 people have received their second dose

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, the Department of Health said today: "While the number of daily cases and the number of people in hospital and critical care remain high, we continue to make progress. In the last 24 hours, we have had no new admissions to critical care, the first time this has happened since St. Stephen’s Day. This is one more tangible signal of the efforts that people continue to make and how those efforts are impacting positively on the trajectory of COVID-19 in Ireland. Please stick with this over the coming weeks."

Professor Pete Lunn, Head of the Behavioural Research Unit, ESRI said today: "Data from the Public Opinion Tracking Survey Research (Amárach/Department of Health) and from the new Social Activity Measure (ESRI/Department of the Taoiseach), give insight into how people are coping with the prolonged period of restrictions. The evidence shows that while people are finding it tough going, the large majority (79%) believe that preventing the spread of COVID-19 is more important than the burden of restrictions. Just 10% disagree.

"This pattern helps to explain how measures of compliance have been rising in recent weeks and months, despite the frustrations that people feel. Just because we feel a particular way, does not mean that this feeling dictates our behaviour. Rather, the large majority of people in Ireland support the restrictions and are sticking to them, despite the frustrations.

"The data also show systematic misperceptions about socially activity. Presently, half the adult population does not meet up with anyone outside their household over a 48-hour period, with less than one quarter meeting up with three or more. Yet these more socially active people believe that they are meeting fewer people than average.

"There is a clear misperception. Most people believe that others are enjoying more of a social life than they are. Those who are in fact most socially active do not realise this. The finding is important, and we need to try to correct this misperception. When people appreciate effort being made by others, they typically become more likely to follow."

Update 12:55 pm EST: As per the recent adjustments made to the Republic of Ireland's Level 5 restrictions, the following begin to reopen from today:

  • Special schools at 100% capacity
  • Junior and senior infants, 1st and 2nd class to return to school 
  • Final year Leaving Certificate classes to return to school

Update 12:35 pm EST: 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 112,631, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health

To date, 829,704 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 1,551 individuals have tested positive in the region in the last seven days.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 2,057. One of the newly-reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am February 28 - 10 am March 1, while the other occurred outside of the current reporting period.

As of February 28, 558,597 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 525,400  were first doses and 33,197  were second doses.

*Editor's Note: Coronavirus updates from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland from February 2020 - February 2021 are available here.

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