A further 313 coronavirus cases recorded as vaccination drive tops 3m

Seventy people in hospital with the disease, of whom 27 being treated in intensive care

Those people over the age of 40 are now able to register to have their vaccine. File photograph: Getty

Those people over the age of 40 are now able to register to have their vaccine. File photograph: Getty

 

There have been an additional 313 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Republic, according to the Department of Health.

As of midnight on Saturday, there were 70 people in hospital with the disease, of whom 27 were in intensive care.

Meanwhile, latest figures show that more than three million vaccines have been administered to date as the vaccination drive continues apace. This means more than half of the adult population has had one dose of the vaccine.

It comes as those over the age of 40 are now able to register to have their vaccine.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly posted a video on Twitter thanking health care staff working in vaccine centres on the bank holiday weekend.

“Because of your incredible work we are hitting three million doses of vaccine administered,” said Mr Donnelly.

Reopening

On Monday, a number of restrictions will be lifted which will mean further reopening of the economy across the State. About 4,000 pubs will reopen as outdoor hospitality returns.

Gyms, swimming pools and cinemas will also open their doors to the public for the first time in six months.

Minister of State for Transport Hildegarde Naughton said the Government is acting “cautiously” and “safely” as possible.

“At the same time allowing businesses to reopen, to get people back to work, that is our focus. We will constantly be monitoring this,” Ms Naughton told RTÉ.

“We don’t know where this virus is going to be in the next few weeks and months, so we need to be prepared for that.” – PA