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latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: 1 further death and 679 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

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Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, at a Covid-19 update press conference. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, at a Covid-19 update press conference. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, at a Covid-19 update press conference. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

There have been one further death of people with Covid-19 and 679 new cases of the virus confirmed by Nphet this evening.

This Summer will be one where “we socialise outdoors as much as we can,” according to Nphet’s Philip Nolan.

The modelling expert said Ireland is “on track to be below 100 cases sometime in the course of April” if the current progress is sustained, while speaking on RTÉ’s This Week programme.

He urged caution with regard to when restrictions will be lifted as we are “effectively dealing with a new virus” in the B117 UK variant.

He said “low risk, high return” things will be prioritised as the country slowly reopens this year.

The vaccination programme brings “enormous hope,” Prof Nolan added.

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