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Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

A further 35 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 1,047 new cases of the virus have been confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

Twenty-nine of these deaths occurred in February, and six occurred in January.

The median age of those who died is 84 years and the age range is 63-96 years.

There has been a total of 3,621 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland and 201,763 cases of the virus.

Of the cases notified today, 292 are in Dublin, 119 in Cork, 76 in Wexford, 60 in Limerick, 47 in Kildare and the remaining 453 cases are spread across all other counties.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said: “No single intervention is perfect at preventing the spread of COVID-19, it takes many different individual actions to slow down the spread of the disease. Every action you take is another layer of protection between you and the virus - the more layers you have the more protection you have.”

As of 2pm today, 1,221 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, 181 of which are in ICU.

It comes as Justice Minister Helen McEntee said new restrictions on travel, including mandatory self-quarantine laws are unlikely be eased by the summer.

Minister McEntee told Newstalk Breakfast “some level of restrictions” are here to stay, at least for now.

"We've introduced the PCR testing for everybody and I can't see that changing even going into the summer,” she said.

"I think particularly as we're seeing variants change and adapt and new variants emerge, we need to keep these measures in place should the [Health] Minister need to identify a new country and for us to have stricter measures and quarantining measures.

"So I don't think this is something that will be here for the next month or two, unfortunately I think it will be much longer".

"I fully appreciate we all want a holiday, we'd all love to get on a plane and go somewhere warm and sunny - but given the fact that this changes so quickly I would just urge people to not so that yet.”

The minister also said that “we're going to have thousands of Gardaí calling to the homes of every single person that comes into this country”.

"There will be random checks to people's homes, ensuring that they are quarantining as they said they and as is the law to do so now,” she explained.

“We don't want people coming back into the country or leaving and coming back, what we're trying to say and get the message across is that you shouldn't be leaving in the first instance.

"But if you do, not only do you face a penalty of now €100 to €500 on the way out [and] potentially on the way back, but you could have a Guard calling to your door to make sure that you are actually quarantining because it is now the law to do so".

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