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Quar on Covid Coronavirus Ireland: 20 deaths and 584 new Covid-19 cases as hotel quarantine begins

Of the deaths reported today, 11 occurred in March, three people died in February and six in January.

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A bus arrives to pick up quarantine passengers

A bus arrives to pick up quarantine passengers

A bus arrives to pick up quarantine passengers

A further 20 people have died and 584 new cases of Covid-19 were announced by the Department of Health this evening.

It brings the total death toll so far to 4,651 while the number of confirmed cases now stands at 233,327.

15 previously confirmed cases have since been denotified, this is reflected in the above figure.

Of the deaths reported today, 11 occurred in March, three people died in February and six in January.

The ages of the deceased range from 57-91 years old.

As of 8am this morning, 317 patients were in hospital with the illness, 67 of whom are in ICU.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 297 are men / 286 are women
  • 72% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 34 years old
  • 222 are in Dublin, 44 in Kildare, 33 in Offaly, 31 in Meath, 29 in Westmeath and the remaining 225 cases are spread across 19 other counties

As of March 23rd 2021, 709,348 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 515,800 people have received their first dose
  • 193,548 people have received their second dose

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Passengers are picked up at Dublin Airport

Passengers are picked up at Dublin Airport

Passengers are picked up at Dublin Airport

Meanwhile, hotel quarantines came into effect for passengers travelling into Ireland from certain high-risk countries today.

The first travellers for Ireland’s mandatory quarantine regime arrived at their hotel this afternoon, with one appearing to resist security’s efforts to be escorted into the hotel.

Travellers from Dublin Airport were brought to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry in two separate groups, arriving at the hotel just one hour after their flight landed.

One woman, claiming to be Irish, appeared to initially resist security’s efforts to be escorted into the hotel.

The woman seemingly refused to exit the bus for a number of minutes and had to be escorted inside.

The first bus arrived at the hotel at approximately 12.35pm, just one hour after a flight from Dubai landed on Irish soil.

The three passengers on the first bus, a man and two women, arrived at the hotel on a bus escorted by Defence Forces.

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