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Quick easing of restrictions could lead to a fourth wave, NPHET warns; 18 deaths and 358 new cases confirmed yesterday

DUBLIN: The Deputy CMO Dr. Ronan Glynn told the Oireachtas Health Committee yesterday that there is a “considerable risk” of a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections in Ireland if restrictions are eased too quickly.

The NPHET said that it would continue to advise the government to proceed with caution by gradually relaxing restrictions on a phased basis.

18 deaths and 358 new cases

The Department of Health has confirmed 18 additional deaths and 358 new cases of COVID-19 in Ireland yesterday.

Seven of these deaths occurred in April, three in March, three in February, and three in January. One death was reported to have occurred prior to January.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ireland now stands at 241,684 and the death toll from COVID-19 is 4,803.

Of the cases confirmed yesterday, 163 were men and 192 were women. The median age of those who tested positive was 31 years old, and 73% were under the age of 45.

As of yesterday morning, 205 COVID-19 patients were hospitalised, with 48 being treated in ICU.  

As of 11 April, 1,063,666 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Ireland. Of this, 749,450 people have received their first dose and 314,216 people have received their second dose.

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