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Nphet media briefing.

Nphet media briefing.

Nphet media briefing.

Another 539 cases of Covid-19 and further one death linked to the virus have been reported by the Department of Health this evening.

This brings the death toll to 4,667, while there is now a total of 235,078 confirmed cases.

Of the cases notified today, 262 are in Dublin, 32 in Kildare, 30 in Westmeath, 26 in Galway, 21 in Meath, 21 in Offaly and the remaining 147 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

As of 8am today, 331 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 70 are in ICU. Nineteen additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of March 26, 786,569 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 567,023 people receiving their first dose and 219,546 people receiving their second dose.

Meanwhile, the National Public Health and Emergency Team (Nphet) is to make a recommendations on restrictions in the coming hours, which will be considered by the Cabinet Committee on Covid-19 at a meeting scheduled for 6pm.

Ahead of the meeting, a senior Government source said they expect restrictions to be eased gradually over the coming weeks so their impact on transmission of the virus can be assessed.

The Path Ahead plan for easing restrictions committed to reviewing the 5km travel ban before April while also examining whether some outdoor activities, including sport could be permitted.

Its is expected the 5km travel ban will be lifted but it has yet to be decided how far it can be extended. However, senior Government sources have ruled out allowing intercountry travel.

Cabinet Ministers are confident children will be able take part in non-contact sports training in pods of 15 next month.

Allowing people play golf and tennis is being given serious consideration as is permitting training for senior county GAA teams.

However, it remains unclear if sports activity will be allowed on April 5 or later in the month.


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