Fri. Nov 18th, 2022

Cases of Covid-19 in hospitals continue to reduce, according to the latest figures from the Health Service Executive.
Last night, there were 813 patients with the disease being cared for in hospitals, which is down 48 cases on the same time yesterday morning.
The number of patients in ICU with the virus has also reduced to 151.
Separately, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn advised that Ireland is on target to see between 200-400 cases a day by the start of March.
That is once certain conditions are met regarding the spread of the virus.
In a letter to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, Dr Glynn said cases could reduce to 100-300 a day, by the middle of next month.
Yesterday, the Department of Health confirmed 33 further coronavirus-related deaths and 744 new cases.
The department said that 31 of the deaths occurred this month, with two in January.
There have now been 3,980 Covid-related deaths in Ireland, with 211,113 confirmed cases.
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The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination programme for those aged 85 and older is continuing at dozens of GP surgeries around the country.
The prospect of a fourth vaccine is looking more real with the Johnson & Johnson product -that requires one injection – expected to be approved by the European Medicines Agency for use next month . 
The latest figures show that 180,192 first doses of Covid-19 vaccines had been administered up to last Sunday. The number of second doses is 91,750. It brings the total doses given to 271,942.
On Sunday, 2,700 first doses were given to patients, plus 10 second doses.
The breakdown of vaccines that have been administered is: Pfizer-BioNTech – 254,365AstraZeneca – 14,185Moderna – 3,392
On average each day, the Health Service Executive is administering 3,379 first doses to patients and 328 second doses, figures show.
The data is based on an analysis of the seven days up to last Sunday, 14 February.
Separately, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he hoped all over 70-year-olds would be vaccinated by the middle of May, and all other age groups thereafter. 
Speaking on tTG4’s 7Lá, Mr Martin described the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as a great help and that he hoped it would become available in April.
There will be more vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTtech and Moderna from April onwards, Mr Martin said.  
By the middle of August, Mr Martin said a lot of people will have had the vaccination, and that life will be different as a result.