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Latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: 45 deaths and 575 new Covid-19 cases confirmed as Level 5 to continue for six more weeks

The Cabinet Committee on Covid-19 has agreed to leave the highest level of restrictions in place for another six weeks due to concerns about the continuously high rate of new coronavirus cases.

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A member of the swab team working at the Covid-19 test centre at DkIT last year. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan / Newspics

A member of the swab team working at the Covid-19 test centre at DkIT last year. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan / Newspics

A member of the swab team working at the Covid-19 test centre at DkIT last year. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan / Newspics

There have been 45 further deaths and 575 new Covid-19 cases, the Department of Health confirmed today.

41 of those who died passed away in February 2021 and four died in January 2021.

The median age of those who died was 84 years and the ages of the deceased range from 55 to 104.

The latest figures bring the Covid-19 death toll to 4,181 while the total number of confirmed cases now stands at 216,300.

Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has led to the denotification of one death and eight confirmed cases. The total figures reflect these adjustments.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 272 are men / 298 are women
  • 68% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 32 years old
  • 218 are in Dublin, 38 in Galway, 35 in Louth, 27 in Limerick, 26 in Westmeath and the remaining 231 cases are spread across 20 other counties

A total of 693 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, 150 of whom are in ICU. There were 37 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

This comes as Level 5 restrictions will remain in place until at least April 5, at which point they will be reviewed under the Government’s new Living with Covid-19 plan.

The Cabinet Committee on Covid-19 has agreed to leave the highest level of restrictions in place for another six weeks due to concerns about the continuously high rate of new coronavirus cases.

There are no other dates for easing restrictions in the Government’s new plan, according to those involved in drafting it.

Up to 330,000 students will return to classrooms next Monday under plans agreed by the Cabinet committee.

Leaving Cert students, along with children in junior infants, senior infants, first class and second class, will resume classes on March 1, following a full Cabinet meeting today.

The move follows weeks of negotiations between the Department of Education and unions and it is hoped it will pave the way for other pupils to return to classes later in March.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) will review the impact of thousands of children returning to schools before the Government decides to send any more pupils back to classrooms.

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