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Latest figures 56 further deaths and 574 new Covid-19 cases confirmed

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There has been a further 56 Covid-19 related deaths while 574 new cases of the virus have been confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

According to the Department, 31 of these deaths occurred in February, 13 occurred in January, 3 in December or earlier, while a further 9 are under investigation.

The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 16 to 97 years.

This brings the Covid-19 death toll to 4,237 while the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland now stands at 216,870.

.Of the cases notified today, 285 are men and 287 are women.

A total of 175 in Dublin, 57 in Limerick, 43 in Kildare, 37 in Galway, 35 in Meath and the remaining 227 cases are spread across 18 other counties.

As of 8am today, 652 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 137 are in ICU. 35 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of February 21, 353,971 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland with 222,073 people have received their first dose and 131,898 people have received their second dose

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “We continue to see good progress, but this needs to be sustained.

"It is vital that we get our children back to school over the coming weeks.

"A key part of making this a success will be our continued collective buy-in to the public health measures that are tried and tested. Stay at home, work from home where possible.”

“Given the increased transmissibility of the virus now, we must continue to limit our social contacts and do all we can to starve this disease of opportunities to spread.”

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