Sun, 26 Sep 2021

DUBLIN, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Ireland reported another 1,408 COVID-19 cases, the highest daily figure since February, according to the latest data from the country's Department of Health.

As of Wednesday morning, there were 152 COVID-19 patients being treated in hospitals across Ireland, of which 26 remained in intensive care units, according to the department.

"Currently, 2 percent of cases are being hospitalized," said Tony Holohan, chief medical officer of the Department of Health.

There would have been more cases and hospitalizations were it not for the great progress being made in taking up vaccination, said Holohan in a statement.

Latest official figures showed that over 65 percent of the adult population in Ireland have been fully vaccinated.

The median age of Wednesday's 1,408 cases is 24, said the statement, quoting Philip Nolan, chair of the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group under Ireland's National Public Health Emergency Team.

"The current trajectory of the more transmissible Delta variant across the country means that unvaccinated people remain at high risk of contracting COVID-19," said Nolan.

The statement also quoted Karina Butler, chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC), as saying that the NIAC had recommended the use of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for 12-15 year olds.

"Clinical trials estimated efficacy of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as 100 percent in these age groups, making them extremely effective in preventing infection in this age cohort," said Butler.

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