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One further death and 437 new COVID-19 cases confirmed yesterday

DUBLIN: The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has confirmed 437 new COVID-19 cases in Ireland yesterday. The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 247,069.

The NPHET also confirmed that one further death had been recorded in the country, bringing the death toll from COVID-19 to 4,874.

Of the cases confirmed yesterday,

● 220 were men and 216 were women

● 76% are under 45 years of age

● The median age is 29

● 169 of the new cases are in Dublin, 62 in Donegal, 40 in Kildare, 29 in Meath, 21 in Galway and the remaining 116 cases are spread across 17 other counties.

The 14-day incidence rate in Ireland is 121 per 100,000 of the population. Donegal has the highest incidence rate at 288.3 cases per 100,000 population, followed by Kildare and Offaly at 209.9 and 191.1 respectively. Kilkenny (26.2), Kerry (29.8) and Wexford (39.4) have the lowest incidence rates.

As of yesterday morning, 184 COVID-19 patients were hospitalised, with 46 in ICU.  

As of 25 April, 1,385,753 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in Ireland. 987,681 people received their first dose, and 398,072 received their second dose.   

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said: “While we should remain cautious, we can also be cautiously optimistic. Our vaccination programme, alongside the continued commendable adherence of the vast majority of people in Ireland to the public health advice, are the key to exiting this pandemic in the coming months. However, doing things like mixing indoors when disease is still circulating at a high level puts our progress at risk. Please continue to act in the best interests of one another and be safe when socialising.”

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