Covid-19: Evening Update

Here's a reminder of today's Covid headlines

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3 additional deaths related to COVID-19 and 569 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Of the cases notified today: 78% are under 45 years of age. The median age is 26 years old.

As of 8am today, 123 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 41 are in ICU.

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The first doses of the one shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine are set to be administered next week.

Its rollout forms part of the revised vaccination plan which is being finalised by health officials.

The HSE says it has so far received 26,000 units of the vaccine.

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The Health Minister has called a special meeting with the Chief Medical Officer and HSE over concerns about the rate of Covid-19 in Donegal.

Stephen Donnelly says they'll discuss what extra supports can be put in place in the county. Donegal currently has the highest 14 day incidence of Covid across the country at 293 per 100 thousand.

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The Chief Medical Officer says Covid-19 hospital numbers could rise significantly if people socialise too much as restrictions are lifted.

Dr Tony Holohan's advice to government this week also warned there's a risk of a "significant impact" from a potential 4th wave.

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Meanwhile, the Finance Minister says the return of indoor dining will have to be done step-by-step.

Hotels and B&Bs will be allowed to serve residents indoors from June 2nd under the plan for easing restrictions.

Pubs and restaurants can only provide outdoor dining from June 7th. Minister Paschal Donohoe says the government doesn't want to do too much, too soon.

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