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HSE to open four new walk-in test centres today; 34 deaths and 473 new COVID-19 cases confirmed yesterday

DUBLIN: The Department of Health has confirmed 34 additional deaths and 473 new cases of COVID-19 in Ireland yesterday.

Three of these deaths occurred in April, four in March, 19 in February, five in January, and three in December or earlier.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ireland now stands at 240,192 and the death toll from COVID-19 is 4,769.

Of the cases confirmed yesterday, 224 were men and 247 were women. The median age of those who tested positive was 29 years old, and 76% of those who tested positive were under 45 years old.

229 of the new cases were recorded in Dublin, 32 in Kildare, 21 in Mayo, 19 in Meath, 30 in Donegal and the remaining 142 cases are spread across 19 other counties

As of yesterday morning, 212 COVID-19 patients were hospitalised, with 53 being treated in ICU.  

The 14-day incidence rate in Ireland is 144.9 per 100,000 of the population. Offaly has the highest national incidence rate at 323.2 cases per 100,000 population, followed by Westmeath and Laois at 239.9 and 231.4 respectively. Kilkenny (20.2), Sligo (21.4 and kerry (30.5) have the lowest incidence rates.

 As of 3 April, 961,887 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Ireland. 679,844 people received their first dose, and 282,043 received their second dose.

New walk-in test centres

The Health and Safety Executive previously announced that four new COVID-19 walk-in test centres will open on Saturday (today). Two of the new centres are located in Dublin, one in Waterford, and one in Limerick. Other such centers that have been open for the past two weeks have seen success.

The new test centres will be in:

Cumann Naomh Peregrine, Blakestown Road, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15.

Ballyfermot Sports Complex, 33-39 Gurteen Road, Redcowfarm, Dublin 10.

St Joseph’s Health Campus, 3 Mulgrave Street, Limerick.

WIT College Street Campus, Cork Road, Waterford.

The Limerick test center will be open for six days, while the other three will be open for seven. The centers will be available from 11 am to 7 pm.

The walk-in centers are open to anyone over the age of 16, who is asymptomatic and lives within 5 kilometers of a test center. The HSE also said that only those who have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last six months should attend.

The HSE advised people with symptoms to directly contact their GP instead of visiting testing centers.

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