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Seven deaths and 400 new COVID-19 cases confirmed yesterday; 10% to 15% of cases in Ireland are South African and Brazilian variants

DUBLIN: The Department of Health has confirmed seven further deaths and 400 new cases of COVID-19 in Ireland yesterday.

Three of these deaths occurred in April, two in March and three in February.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ireland now stands at 239,723 and the death toll from COVID-19 is 4,727.

Dr. Cillian de Gascun, director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, said that community transmission of the South African and Brazilian variants accounts for 10% to 15% of cases in Ireland. He added that 43 cases of the South African variant and 19 cases of the Brazilian variant are reported in the country.

Of the cases confirmed yesterday, 205 were men and 193 were women. The median age of those who tested positive was 35 years old, and 72% of those who tested positive were under 45 years old.

162 of the new cases are in Dublin, 61 in Kildare, 26 in Cork, 21 in Galway, 17 in Donegal and the remaining 113 cases are spread across 18 other counties.

As of yesterday morning, 226 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, with 55 being treated in ICU.  

The 14-day incidence rate in Ireland is 147.3 per 100,000 of the population. Offaly has the highest national incidence rate at 346.3 cases per 100,000 population, followed by Westmeath and Laois at 261.3 and 240.9 respectively. Sligo (16.8), Kilkenny (23.2), and kerry (29.1) have the lowest incidence rates.

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