1,314 new cases confirmed across Ireland as total of deaths related to Covid-19 climbs to 5,044 1 month ago

1,314 new cases confirmed across Ireland as total of deaths related to Covid-19 climbs to 5,044

Of the 1,314 cases, 187 are in hospital and 30 are in ICU.

As of midnight on Tuesday 2 August, the Department of Health has been notified of 1,314 new cases of Covid-19.

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Of the 1,314 cases, 187 are in hospital and 30 are in intensive care units - meanwhile, the total number of deaths related to the virus has climbed to 5,044.

According to the department, daily case numbers may change due to future data review, validation and update.

It comes as expectations for vaccine walk-in centres were exceeded "by far" over the bank holiday weekend.

Over 30,000 people used the walk-in vaccination centres that operated around the country.

It's thought the HSE is considering reopening the walk-in vaccines because of the success of the initiative.

Chief Executive of the Health Service Executive Paul Reid has said the uptake had exceeded their "expectations by far" on Tuesday.

"All age groups went through but this initiative makes us beyond proud of younger people," Reid said

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"When needed, they once again showed up in numbers."

On Tuesday, Ireland completed a deal for 700,000 Covid-19 vaccines from Romania.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed the news on Twitter, saying that the extra vaccines would be a "welcome boost" to Ireland's vaccine rollout.

The doses are part of a deal announced in early July which was expected to see one million vaccines delivered from Romania to Ireland.

The 700,000 vaccines are all Pfizer, while the 300,000 Moderna vaccines initially included in the deal have yet to be confirmed.

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Confirming the news of the Pfizer vaccines on Twitter Martin said the deal had been "completed".

He said: "We’ve completed a deal to secure an additional 700,000 Covid vaccines from Romania/EU.

"Fantastic news and a welcome boost to our rollout, which continues to experience huge support and uptake from the Irish public."