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6% Increase In No. Of People Hospitalised With Covid 19.

438 new cases confirmed last night.

The number of patients with Covid-19 in Irish hospitals has risen by six percent in the past week.

It's increased to 116, while there are 43 receiving treatment in ICUs.

It comes as 438 new cases of the virus were confirmed here yesterday.

A study by Public Health England says the Pfizer injection is as much as 88 percent effective - and the AstraZeneca jab 60 percent against the Indian variant.

Trinity College Associate Professor in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology is Tomas Ryan, who is also a member of I-SAG which advocates for Zero Covid says the mutation poses a risk:

The Indian variant is going to spread more easily in the population even among vaccinated people.

Covid-19 vaccines have been found to offer a high level of protection against the Indian variant in the UK - especially after two doses.

Associate Professor in Trinity, Tomas Ryan says flights from Britain must be restricted:



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