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Why are Ireland's Covid numbers on the rise again?

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The pandemic in Ireland right now is a combination of the good, the bad and the ugly. The good news is that we have one of the highest vaccination rates in Europe with 91.8% of the adult population fully jabbed. The bad news is that, despite the success of the vaccine roll-out, the number of people becoming infected here is on the rise. This "negative turn", as Taoiseach Micheál Martin described it, has led to the ugly reality - that the long-promised full reopening of society on 22 October is not guaranteed. Here is what we know right now about Ireland's ongoing battle with Covid-19. How serious are current infection rates? Serious enough to lead Health Service Executive CEO Paul Reid to describe the situation as "concerning" for the HSE.

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