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Prime Numbers

Heatwave, hepatitis and holiday: The week in numbers

Plus: how many 1 cent and 2 cent coins were minted in Ireland in the last eight years (and may soon be obsolete)?

EVERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.

2.7 – The number of nautical miles a man in a rubber dingy travelled over the course of six hours as he tried to sail from England to Ireland. He was stopped by the coastguard and brought back to shore where he was treated for bad sunburn.

5 - The number of days in a row the hot weather needs to last before we can officially say that it’s a heatwave.

5 – The number of cases of Hepatitis A recorded in Ireland which are believed to be linked to the consumption of imported frozen berries.

50 - The number of points in the Government’s plan to fight long-term unemployment and get 75,000 people back to work.

62 – The number of days the Dáil has adjourned for. The lower house of parliament rose for its annual summer recess on Thursday and will resume on 18 September.

565 – The number of third-level student grants which have not yet been processed by grants body SUSI, some months after the end of the college year.

6,227 – The number of new cars sold in the first 13 days of July as the new ’132′ number plate was introduced.

18.074 – The number of comments (at the last count) on Rolling Stone magazine’s Facebook page about its decision to put Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover.

100,000+ - The number of creditors owed money by the city of Detroit when it filed for bankruptcy on Thursday night. It is now expected that there will be a fierce fight over who gets paid and how much they get.

591,000,000 – The number of internet users in China. The figure has risen by 10 per cent in the past year alone.

1,156,000,000 – The number of 1 cent and 2 cent coins minted in Ireland in the last eight years (although they may have to find a new home if a Central Bank plan to take the coins out of circulation goes ahead).

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