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23 deaths and 921 COVID-19 cases confirmed yesterday; Tánaiste said lockdown restrictions in Ireland will continue

DUBLIN: The Department of Health yesterday confirmed that 23 more people with COVID-19 have died in the Republic of Ireland. A further 921 cases of COVID-19 have also been confirmed.

The death toll from COVID-19 in the country has risen to 3,865. The total number of confirmed cases is 207,720.

Of the cases confirmed yesterday, 453 were men and 466 were women. 66% are under 45 years of age and the median age is 34 years old.

The median age of those who died was 84 years and the age range was 57 – 95 years.

Dublin has recorded the highest number of COVID cases (414). 87 cases were in Cork, 51 were in Kildare, 48 were in Limerick, 47 were in Meath and the remaining 274 were spread across all other counties.

As of yesterday evening, a total of 959 COVID-19 patients were hospitalised, of which 173 were in ICU.

Meanwhile, nine deaths and 407 new cases were reported in Northern Ireland yesterday.

Yesterday, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told the Dáil that the cabinet has no strategy to avoid lockdown restrictions. “There isn’t any strategy, unfortunately, that avoids the risk of rolling lockdowns or snap lockdowns. While we have seen a very significant decrease from the peak of the third wave these figures are still higher than the peak of the first wave,” he said.

“We have a long way to go before we are in a position to ease restrictions substantially. We need to get down to much lower numbers than we have now,” Mr. Vardakar added.

Meanwhile, Professor Philip Nolan of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) hopes that by mid-March there will be less than 100 daily cases in Ireland. “We’ve gone from over 6,500 cases to a day to under 1,000 on a few weeks; we’ve gone from a 14-day incidence of 1,500 per 100,000 to 300; we’ve gone from over 2,000 people in hospital to under 1,000,” Prof. Nolan said.

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