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Latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: No deaths and 453 new Covid-19 cases confirmed

Today, Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan has urged older people to “get back out there” and restart the things they used to do once Covid-19 restrictions are eased next week.

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HSE paramedic Andrew Connaughton conducts a Covid swab on Charlotte Lynch, at the HSE walk-in Covid test centre at Castletown House in Celbridge (Picture: Frank McGrath)

HSE paramedic Andrew Connaughton conducts a Covid swab on Charlotte Lynch, at the HSE walk-in Covid test centre at Castletown House in Celbridge (Picture: Frank McGrath)

HSE paramedic Andrew Connaughton conducts a Covid swab on Charlotte Lynch, at the HSE walk-in Covid test centre at Castletown House in Celbridge (Picture: Frank McGrath)

There have been no further deaths and 453 new Covid-19 cases, the Department of Health confirmed today.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 250,290 while the total number of coronavirus deaths remains at 4,906.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 203 are men / 250 are women
  • 78% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 25 years old

Today, Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan has urged older people to “get back out there” and restart the things they used to do once Covid-19 restrictions are eased next week.

However, he cautioned that unlocking the country “is not a signal that the pandemic is over”.

In an open letter to those people who have been vaccinated, Dr Holohan said: “You can now get back out there and restart many things you used to do, once restrictions ease from May 10.

“That might be visiting the seaside, a trip to a museum, a visit with a friend, or a trip to see your grandchildren at long last.

“It’s important that you look out for the public health advice that is relevant to you and to plan to do it safely – but it’s important to get on and do it.”

He said while people may be “anxious at the idea of reopening your social circle...you can have confidence in your vaccine, no matter which one you received”.

“Now is the time to move forward, to go outdoors and to see one another again.”

However, he cautioned: “This is not a signal that the ­pandemic is over.

“We have all come a long way and things will improve further but there remains a risk that too much social mixing, especially indoors, in houses and other settings will lead to a further surge of this disease.”

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