June 20, 2021

LATEST: Kilkenny among 1,910 new cases of virus as 77 further deaths confirmed, vaccine delays ‘put us in a problem’ – Taoiseach

A further 77 people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 1,910 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed.

It brings the overall death toll as a result of the virus to 2,927. There have now been 186,184 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: 710 are in Dublin, 150 in Cork, 103 in Meath, 102 in Limerick, 86 in Louth, with the remaining 759 cases are spread across all other counties, including 16 further infections in Kilkenny.

The latest cases were confirmed after Taoiseach Micheál Martin admitted that delays to the supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine will “put us in a problem”.

The British pharmaceutical company yesterday warned that supplies of its Covid vaccine to Europe will lower that it originally planned due to reduced production at a manufacturing site.

The Taoiseach told RTÉ’s Brendan O’Connor programme the Government it still waiting on this vaccine.

Mr Martin said: “AstraZeneca was going to be the catalyst to be allowed to move from low level to mass vaccination.”

The Taoiseach added vaccinations for people over the age of 70 may now be delayed due to the production issues.



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