43 COVID-related deaths in the last week

43 COVID-related deaths in the last week

43 new Covid-related deaths have been confirmed in Ireland over the past week, according to data from the National Public Health Emergency Team.

1,545 new cases have also been reported this evening, with walk-in tests across the South-East suspended this afternoon.

335 Covid patients are in hospital - a drop of 49 in the past two days, with 56 of those currently in intensive care.

However there was some good news from the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, who says the incidence rate is declining across the country - and cases among school-children have plateaued.


"Incidence of COVID-19 in adolescents and young adults is falling significantly and we are seeing early encouraging signs that the rate of infection plateauing in children of school-going age.

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

A professor of immunovirology says Covid-19 vaccine uptake in the 12-15-year-olds is disappointing.

Figures released by the Minister for Health, show 56 per cent of the younger age group have received one dose of a vaccine.


While it's expected the seven millionth dose will be given in the coming days.

Professor Liam Fanning, says it's important parents get the right information about vaccinating children.

"It's better than where we were a few weeks ago.

"I would encourage parents to look at the information on the value of vaccination.


"The benefits outweigh the risks, and that it's still of great value to get vaccinated."