LATEST: Kilkenny among counties with highest new cases of virus, allergy warning issued over UK vaccine
A further five more people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 227 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.
The overall death told as a result of the virus now stands at 2,102. There have been 74,900 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country so far, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).
The breakdown of the latest cases is as follow: 70 are in Dublin, 26 in Donegal, 19 in Limerick,14 in Louth, 14 in Kilkenny with the remaining 84 cases are spread across 17 other counties.
The latest cases of the virus were confirmed as UK regulators earlier issued a warning that people who have a history of “significant” allergic reactions should not currently receive the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
The warning was made after two people who had the jab yesterday suffered allergic reactions.
The NHS in England confirmed two of its staff members who received the vaccine on the first day of the mass vaccination programme had an allergic reaction to the jab.
This prompted the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to issue precautionary advice to NHS trusts that anyone who has a history of “significant” allergic reactions to medicines, food or vaccines should not receive the Pfizer/BioNTech shot.
The NHS in England said all trusts involved with the vaccination programme have been informed.