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Taoiseach urged people to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in accordance with COVID guidelines; 18 deaths and 349 new COVID-19 cases confirmed yesterday

DUBLIN: The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) reports that 349 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed yesterday in Ireland.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 227,663.

The Health Department has stated that 18 new deaths related to COVID-19 were reported in the country. 17 of these deaths occurred in March and another occurred in February.

The median age of those who died was 78 years and the age range was 55-102. The death toll from COVID-19 now stands at 4,552.

Of the cases confirmed yesterday,

● 172 are men and 177 are women

● 70% are under 45 years of age

● The median age is 33

● 156 of the new cases are in Dublin, 23 in Meath, 19 in Donegal, 15 in Louth, 14 in Kildare and the remaining 122 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of yesterday morning, 355 COVID-19 patients were hospitalised, with 88 in ICU.

As of 13 March, 615,934 doses of the vaccine were administered in Ireland. Of these, 451,589 people received their first dose and 164,345 received their second dose.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has urged people to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day “in a COVID safe manner”. “It is very important that people do not congregate or meet up for social gatherings in their homes or anywhere else. To do so would be to undermine all of the sacrifices we have made to date.”

“Lá Fhéile Pádraig is the day when the world honours the Irish people. There can be no better way to honour our people in 2021 than to stay focused and avoid another wave of infection with this terrible virus,” Taoiseach said.

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