Covid-19 Ireland cases update as 1,466 new infections confirmed and 311 in hospital
A total of 1,466 new Covid-19 infections have been confirmed in Ireland with 311 people currently in hospital.
The latest figures were released by the Department of Health this afternoon.
It comes as Taoiseach Micheal Martin hailed the fact that Ireland has reached "two major milestones" in the vaccination programme.
Some 90% of adults over the age of 18 are now fully vaccinated, while by the end of Friday, seven million doses will have been administered here to date.
This positive development was echoed by recent comments made by Dr Tony Holohan.
The Chief Medical Officer issued a positive message about infection rates across the country, with indicators particularly encouraging among one group.
Dr Holohan said hospitalisation and ICU admissions are beginning to stabilise.
He said: "Overall the incidence of Covid-19 infection is declining across the country, the five day moving average is 1,407 and we see a stabilisation of ICU and hospital admissions.
"Incidence of Covid-19 in adolescents and young adults is falling significantly and we are seeing early encouraging signs that the rate of infection plateauing in children of school-going age. NPHET will continue to monitor this trend over the coming weeks.
"Vaccination continues to offer the best protection against the most severe effects of Covid-19 including hospitalisation and death.
"Anyone yet to avail of vaccination is strongly encouraged to do so. Local vaccination sites are available on hse.ie."
Earlier this week, there was an easing of restrictions on organised indoor and outdoor events and mass gatherings and from September 20, indoor activities such as sports, arts, culture and dance classes can take place with limits of 100 people where all are fully vaccinated.