LATEST: Waterford among 270 new cases of virus as breakthrough emerges in race for vaccine
One more person has died after contracting the coronavirus as 270 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.
It brings the overall death toll as a result of the virus to 1,948. There are now 65,659 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPTHET).
The breakdown of the latest cases is as follows: 103 are in Dublin, 34 in Limerick, 20 in Donegal, 12 in Cork, 9 in Kerry, 9 in Kilkenny with the remaining 83 cases spread across 20 other counties, including five new infections in Waterford.
The latst cases were confirmed as a major breakthrough in the race to find a vaccine for the virus was announced earlier today.
Pfizer and BioNTech said their experimental vaccine is more than “90% effective”.
It was also reported today that the European Commission, which is negotiating with vaccine makers on behalf of EU states, is about to sign a contract for up to 300 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.