COVID-19: 1,098 cases reported today

Galway Daily news 25 percent drop in COVID cases in Galway hospitals

There have been a further 1,098 cases of COVID-19 reported by health officials today.

There are 163 people in the country hospitalised with COVID, of whom 26 are in the intensive care unit.

Yesterday saw Ireland pass a milestone of 300,000 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.

But this latest wave as the country reopens has defied fears that Ireland would reach 2,000 cases a day by this point due to the delta variant.

Credit for the relatively stable level of cases seen in recent days has been given to the very high level of uptake Ireland has shown for the vaccine, just yesterday overtaking Britain in the total percentage of the population protected.

Dr Tony Holohan praised the number of people, particularly teenagers and younger people, who queued up this bank holiday weekend for walk-in vaccination clinics.

He said that it shows how solidarity continues to be the “hallmark of our response” to the pandemic, protecting others as well as themselves.

Daily case numbers may change in the future after data validation and review.