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COVID-19: 10 further deaths and 617 new cases confirmed yesterday

DUBLIN: The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has confirmed 617 new COVID-19 cases in Ireland yesterday. The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 245,310.

The NPHET has also confirmed that 10 further deaths were reported in the country, bringing the death toll from COVID-19 to 4,866.

Seven of the deaths reported yesterday occurred in April, one in March, one in February, and one in January.

Of the cases confirmed yesterday,

● 299 were men and 318 were women

● 70% are under 45 years of age

● The median age is 33

● 236 of the new cases are in Dublin, 84 in Donegal, 37 in Kildare, 34 Tipperary, 30 in Offaly,  and the remaining 196 cases are spread across 19 other counties.

As of yesterday morning, 176 COVID-19 patients were hospitalised, with 47 in ICU.  

As of 20 April, 1,240,965 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in Ireland. 878,823 people received their first dose, and 362,142 received their second dose.   

During yesterday’s NPHET briefing, Professor Philip Nolan, chair of the NPHET’s Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said that “All indicators of the disease are stable or declining slowly, though we may see an increase in cases over the coming days.”

“The R number is estimated as being very close to 1.0. We continue to keep close contacts at 2.6 – a phenomenal testament to the public in keeping social transmission low. Maintaining this over the coming weeks is key to managing community transmission, and a move towards easing of measures,” he added.

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