As the country continues to battle on with the Covid-19 pandemic, there are hopes that things are definitely improving.
People are yearning for a return to normality with restrictions being lifted over the coming weeks.
Hotels welcomed guests for the first time in months once again yesterday with pubs and restaurants set to reopen for outdoor services on Monday.
However there have been fears expressed that Ireland’s reopening plans could hit some road blocks.
Here’s what you need to know about the Covid-19 situation in Ireland today.
Worst hit counties
During a NPHET briefing last night Deputy CMO Dr Ronan Glynn said that Limerick, Donegal, Offaly and Dublin have been identified as the counties with the highest Covid incidence rates in the country at the moment.
The current incidence rate is 122 cases per 100,000 people. In the last 14 days there has been 5,811 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
81% of those cases were in people aged less than 45 with just 2% aged 65 years or older.
Dr Tony Holohan defends tweets
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer. (Image: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin)
When asked about the comments he made, Dr Holohan compared the crowds to Jones Road on All-Ireland final day.
He said: It was something to behold.
We anticipated that people would be tempted out by the good weather, but the sheer scale of South William Street, it looked like Jones’s Road on the day of an All-Ireland.
If the council had set about organising an event, they couldn’t have squeezed more people in.
It’d be the perfect environment for outdoor transmission.
For us to highlight that wasn’t a moral judgement.
We have to make a judgement in relation to the science about what shapes the transmission of this disease.
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Vaccine latest
The HSEwill be able to reduce the gap between the first and second doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from 12 weeks to eight weeks, under new advice it has received.
Dr Tony Holohan issued the advice to the HSE, written on foot of a fresh recommendation from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee.
The HSE will now consider the advice and its possible implication in the overall Covid-19 vaccine rollout.
If it reduces the gap, many people who were given a first dose of AstraZeneca will get the second dose at least four weeks earlier.
However, the HSEs decision will be contingent on there being enough supplies of the vaccine to make this change.
The gap had initially been extended from 12 weeks to 16 weeks but was reduced to back to 12 weeks and could be shorted once again
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