Covid Delta variant may account for 70 pc of cases in Ireland: NPHET Report

The highly transmissible Delta variant of Covid-19 is suspected to now account for nearly 70 percent of new cases in Dublin, Ireland, the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) has said.  Tony Holohan, chief medical officer of the Irish Department of Health, made the remarks in a statement released on Monday evening, according to reports.

The statement said that 365 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 were reported in Ireland on Monday, bringing the total number to 274,306. "While this variant continues to present a threat, those of us who are fully vaccinated can have confidence in their vaccine," said Holohan, adding that the Delta variant continues to present a risk to those who are unvaccinated or waiting for a second dose of vaccine. He called on the public to follow public health advice and get vaccinated against Covid-19 when they are offered the vaccine.

The latest available official figures showed that as of June 27, over 4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine had been administered in Ireland, accounting for about 80 per cent of its total population. Prime Minister Micheal Martin told local media earlier in the day that he believes close to 50 percent of people in Ireland will get fully vaccinated by July 6.


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