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14-day low Covid-19 infection rate in Ireland

The latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Center shows a further drop in the 14-day Covid-19 infection rate in Ireland.

Data collected through September 1 indicates a 14-day incidence at 491 cases per 100,000 people.

Under its latest optimistic forecast, NPHET suggested daily case numbers could reach 3,000 by the middle of this month.

The latest HPSC report puts the average daily case count for the two weeks through September 1 at 1,670.

NPHET also expects 700 patients to be hospitalized and 130 in the intensive care unit by mid-September.

As of this morning, there were 394 people infected with the virus in hospitals, up 22 from the same time yesterday.

Of those, 59 patients were in intensive care units.

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Health Services Chief Executive Paul Reed said 9,500 people were vaccinated at vaccination centers over the weekend.

In a post on Twitter, he said more than 50% of those who attended were in the 12 to 15 age group.

More than 6.9 million vaccines have been administered to date and about 89% of the adult population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with 92% partially vaccinated.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the 7 million doses of the vaccine will be given this week and the impact of Ireland’s vaccination program on the population will continue.

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« The downward trend in Covid-19 infections is now very evident also in younger age groups, » he wrote on Twitter.

Mr Donnelly added that people need to stay safe, adding that « Covid-19 has not gone away. 14-day infection rates for those aged 35-44 are similar to those over the age of 85 ».

In Northern Ireland, nine deaths linked to Covid-19 have been reported in the past 24 hours, while 1,764 new cases have been confirmed.