by James Merrick, with thanks to Paul Dempsey and contributors
Continuation in increase of confirmed cases in Northern Ireland across all age groups, predominantly younger age groups
Continuing sharp increase of cases in England, Scotland, Wales
In ROI, 7-day average of cases trending upwards
19-24 age group stand out with greatest concentration of cases
Last week had a record number of vaccinations, yet still quite a way to go, and children are not included in vaccination percentage numbers.
In European context, Ireland has higher case numbers than the European average. Portugal experiencing rising cases, with the Delta variant playing a big role