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"Worrisome" Increase In Covid 19 Transmission In Some Parts Of Ireland.

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381 new cases of the virus were confirmed yesterday.

An infectious disease consultant says there's a slightly 'worrrisome rise' of Covid-19 in some areas of the country.

A surge in cases in Co Limerick is believed to be linked to social activities like house parties.

It comes after 381 new cases of the virus were confirmed yesterday.

There are 110 people being treated in hospital for the disease, with 42 patients in intensive care.

Dr Eoghan De Barra says the public need to be mindful that many people still aren't vaccinated yet:

While  more data is needed on the transmissibility of the Indian variant of Covid-19.

A UK study's found the two main vaccines can protect against the strain.

Two Pfizer jabs offer up to 88 percent protection, while both doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine make it at least 60 percent effective.

72 cases of the Indian variant have been detected in Ireland.

Dr De Barra says we need to know how quickly it spreads

Whilst a Fianna Fail MEP has recommended using Covid Antigen testing as vaccine rollouts continue across the EU.

The European Commission's committed to making at least a hundred million euro available to make them more widely available.

Barry Andrews says it’s important to strike the right balance between health and business.

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