LATEST: Kilkenny among 1,546 new cases of virus, hope as grandmother gets Ireland’s first vaccine
A further nine people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 1,546 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.
It brings the overall death toll as a result of the virus to 2,213. There has now been 88,439 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).
The breakdown of the latest cases is as follows: 444 in Dublin, 203 in Cork, 111 in Louth, 87 in Limerick, 85 in Donegal and the remaining 616 cases are spread across all other counties, including 19 further infections in Kilkenny.
The latest cases were confirmed as a 79-year-old Dublin woman today became the first person in the country to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
Annie Lynch, a grandmother of 10 who grew up in The Liberties area of the capital, was administered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at St James’s Hospital.
“I feel very privileged to be the first person in Ireland to receive the vaccine,” she said.
“Like everyone else I have been waiting for the vaccine and I really feel like there is a bit of hope there now. It’s brilliant that it’s here.”
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