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Ireland sees 384 new Covid-19 cases identified but no further virus deaths reported

Ireland sees 384 new Covid-19 cases identified, but no further virus deaths reported

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IRELAND has seen 384 more Covid-19 cases confirmed in the past 24 hours, health chiefs have revealed.

No further deaths from the virus have occurred, meaning the death toll remains 4,534.

Ireland sees 384 new Covid-19 cases identified but no further virus deaths reported
People walk along a deserted Grafton Street in Dublin city center as Ireland remains in lockdown.
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Today’s virus figures come as health officials today moved to pause the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout due to fears over reported blood clots.

Dr. Glynn announced that following discussions by the HPRA and National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) yesterday, the administration of the AstraZeneca jab in Ireland would be brought to a sudden halt.

After four new reports of “serious” blood clotting in young adults following the administration of the jab in Norway, the decision was made.

However, Dr. Glynn said that it had not been concluded that there is any link between the AstraZeneca vaccine in these cases but that the NIAC made the recommendation as a “precautionary principle.”

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the decision was made on foot of a recommendation from the NIAC.

He tweeted: “The decision to temporarily suspend use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine was based on new information from Norway that emerged late last night.

“This is a precautionary step. The National Immunisation Advisory Comm meets again this morning, and we’ll provide an update after that.”

Yesterday, Norwegian health officials reported that three more cases of blood clots or brain hemorrhages took place in young people/

While those young people had received the AstraZeneca jab, the Norwegian Medicines Agency can not yet say whether the incidents were vaccine-related.

The World Health Organisation has said no causal link had been established between the vaccine and blood clotting.

Dr. Glynn said health officials have had no reports of similar events in Ireland to date but based on the Norwegian cases and the plan to use the jab on high-risk people this week, a decision was made NIAC pause the program.