Covid-19: Ireland witness the highest daily coronavirus cases since February
Covid-19: Ireland witness the highest daily coronavirus cases since February

Dublin: The number of overall confirmed Covid-19 cases in Ireland has increased to 295,386 after it reported the highest single-day infections since February, according to the latest data from the country's Department of Health. On July 28,  remarkably another 1,408 people tested positive for the virus, while a total of 152 Covid-19 patients were being treated in hospitals across Ireland, of which 26 remained in intensive care units, Xinhua news agency quoted the Department as saying in a statement.

There would have been more cases and hospitalizations were it not for the great progress being made in taking up vaccination, said Holohan in the statement. The latest official figures indicated that over 65 percent of the adult population in Ireland have been fully vaccinated.

The median age of Wednesday's 1,408 cases is 24, said the statement, quoting Philip Nolan, chair of the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group under Ireland's National Public Health Emergency Team. "The current trajectory of the more transmissible Delta variant across the country means that unvaccinated people remain at high risk of contracting COVID-19," said Nolan.

The statement also quoted Karina Butler, chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, as saying that the NIAC had recommended the use of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for 12-15-year-olds.

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