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LAtest figures Coronavirus Ireland: 14 additional deaths, 368 new cases

Twelve deaths occurred in March, one in February and one in January.

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Nphet media briefing.

Nphet media briefing.

Nphet media briefing.

Another 368 cases of Covid-19 and 14 additional deaths linked to the virus have been reported by the Department of Health this evening.

Twelve deaths occurred in March, one in February and one in January.

There has been a total of 4,681 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland, while there is now 235,444 confirmed cases of the virus.

Of the cases notified today, 127 are in Dublin, 34 in Kildare, 26 in Meath, 21 in Limerick, 19 in Offaly and the remaining 141 cases are spread across 18 other counties.

There are 310 Covid-19 patients in hospital, of which 67 are in ICU.

As of March 27, 802,502 doses of the Covid19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 577,641 people receiving their first dos and 224,861 people have received their second.

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Micheál Martin will address the country on changes to lockdown restrictions this evening, with the reopening of hairdressers, barbers and non-essential retail in May being discussed at Cabinet.

It comes after the Cabinet Committee on Covid-19 were given dire warnings last night from Nphet and the HSE about the transmission of the virus and the impact it will have on the health service.

With the rate of daily cases remaining stubbornly high, it urged against easing of restrictions over the next four to eight weeks as it could jeopardise progress made in controlling the virus.

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn gave a presentation to a Cabinet Committee on Covid-19, which sources at the meeting described as “grim”.

One source said Nphet want to hold off easing restrictions significantly for another four to eight weeks to reduce the risk of another wave of the virus.

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