COVID: 776 cases and 29 deaths confirmed

A further 776 coronavirus cases have been confirmed this evening.

Meanwhile sadly another 29 Covid-19 related deaths have been confirmed.

The figures were confirmed by the National Public Health Emergency Team this afternoon.

The age range of those who died was 29 - 95 years, while the median age was 77.

Of today's new cases,

  • 278 were in Dublin,

  • 69 in Galway,

  • 57 in Meath,

  • 52 in Kildare,

  • 48 in Donegal

  • The remaining 272 cases were spread across all other counties.

As of this morning, there were 574 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals, including 136 in ICU.

The national 14-day incidence rate is now 223 per 100,000 population.

The newest vaccine figures show that 238,841 people had received their first dose as of February 23rd, with 134,439 having received a second dose.

They come as Dr Cillian de Gascun confirmed this week that one case of the B1525 variant, which was first identified in December in the UK and Nigeria, has been identified in Ireland.

This variant has concerned the health authorities because it possesses the E484K amino acid change, which has been associated with reduced response to neutralising antibodies.

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