1,110 cases of Covid-19 confirmed across Ireland as incidence rates increase in every county over past week 1 week ago

1,110 cases of Covid-19 confirmed across Ireland as incidence rates increase in every county over past week

"The more widespread it is in the community, the more it can breakthrough to those vaccinated."

As of midnight on Monday 19 July, the Department of Health has been notified of 1,110 new cases of Covid-19 as incidence rates in every county have increased over the past week.

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Almost 7,700 cases of Covid-19 have been notified in the last seven days, an increase of 88% on the previous week.

Of the 1,110 cases, 89 are in hospital and 21 are in intensive care units.

According to the Department, Daily case numbers may change due to future data review, validation and update

It comes as HSE CEO Paul Reid has said that some Covid-19 swabbing sites now have up to 25% positivity rate on testing, with many counties at 10%.

The HSE Chief encouraged people to "take care" over the coming weeks, saying that the more "widespread" the virus becomes, the more likely it will be to "breakthrough" to vaccinated cohorts.

"The more widespread it is in the community, the more it can breakthrough to those vaccinated. For a few weeks, let's all take care, aim to see this off and reduce illness," he said.

Reid also said that younger age groups are the "new vulnerable groups" as they have yet to be vaccinated.

Speaking to Newstalk on Sunday, the HSE Chief asked younger cohorts to “mind themselves and protect themselves in the coming days and weeks" as Ireland's vaccine rollout continues to progress.

“They are the new vulnerable groups because they aren’t vaccinated,” he said.