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Latest figures Lowest number of cases since mid-December as two deaths and 303 new cases confirmed

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn, Department of Health, said:“There are many reasons for hope as we head into a new week."

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There has been a further two Covid-19 related deaths while 303 new cases of the virus have been confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

According to the Department, one of these deaths occurred in March, and one occurred in April.

This brings the Covid-19 death toll to 4,785 while the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland now stands at 240,945.

.Of the cases notified today, 167 were disgnosed in men and 135 in women

As of 8am today, 213 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 53 are in ICU. 7 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of April 8th 2021, 1,045,919 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland with 735,997 people having received their first dose and 309,922 people having received their second dose

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn, Department of Health, said:

“There are many reasons for hope as we head into a new week;

"This is the lowest number of daily cases reported since mid December.

"People’s efforts continue to make a real difference; by keeping our social contacts low we are making it much harder for COVID-19 to sprea

"This morning we had the lowest number of people newly hospitalised with COVID-19 since the end of November

"Last week the millionth vaccine was given and this week should see a step-change in the number of doses administered

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"All of our children are going back to school tomorrow

"From tomorrow we can travel within our county.

“If we can maintain this progress, vaccines and the basic public health measures with which we are all so familiar are our way out of this pandemic. In the meantime;

"Please continue to work from home where possible. Please do not take our children returning to school tomorrow as a signal to return to the workplace.

"Avoid mixing indoors with people from other households

"Even if meeting outdoors please watch your distance and only meet up with people from one other household at a time.

"If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 isolate and contact your GP to arrange a free test.

"Remember you are not properly protected until 2 weeks after your second COVID-19 vaccination.”

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