398 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland as St James's reports no patients with the virus 3 days ago

398 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland as St James's reports no patients with the virus

There are 23 people in intensive care units with Covid-19 throughout the country.

There have been 398 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Ireland, as St James's Hospital has reported having no patients with the virus.

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

The Department of Health's statement said that the number of daily cases may also change due to future data validation.

70 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 23 are in ICU.

The figures come as the biggest hospital in the country St James’s has no inpatients with Covid-19 for the first time since March 2020.

On Twitter, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the announcement about the Dublin hospital was "really great news".

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Earlier on Thursday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin revealed that one million people could be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in Ireland by the end of the day.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, the Taoiseach hailed it as a "significant milestone".

He said: "We hope by the end of the day, that a million people will have been fully vaccinated, which I think is a significant milestone. Over 3.1 million doses have been administered so far."

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Over 1.1 million doses have been administered through the vaccination centres, while about 1.4 million doses were delivered through GPs, who Martin said have "played an extraordinary role".