1,292 new Covid-19 cases reported in Ireland as virus hospitalisations stand at 331 2 weeks ago

1,292 new Covid-19 cases reported in Ireland as virus hospitalisations stand at 331

54 patients are in intensive care with the virus.

There have been 1,292 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Ireland on Thursday (9 September).

Advertisement

The figures released from the Department of Health on Thursday did not contain information regarding deaths related to Covid-19.

As of 8am on Thursday, 331 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 54 are in ICU.

The Department of Health said that the daily case numbers may change due to future data validation.

On Wednesday, the department stated there has been a total of 5,155 deaths related to Covid-19 notified in Ireland.

Also on Wednesday, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly announced that Ireland has given the green light for Covid-19 vaccine booster shots to be administered to residents aged 65 years and older living in long-term residential care facilities and for those aged 80 years and older living in the community.

Advertisement

The update to the country's Covid-19 vaccination programme follows recommendations made by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) to Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan.

The CMO subsequently endorsed these recommendations, a statement from the government read.

NIAC recommended a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) for those in the two elderly cohorts, regardless of whether they previously received an mRNA or adeno-viral vector vaccine.

The booster dose can be given after a minimum interval of six months following completion of the primary vaccination schedule.