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latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: 687 new cases, one further death

There is now a total of 220,273 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

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Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer

There has been one further death linked to Covid-19 and 687 new cases of the virus in Ireland, the Department of Health confirmed this evening.

This death occurred in January, and brings the death toll to 4,319.

There is now a total of 220,273 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today, 240 are in Dublin, 49 in Limerick, 44 in Offaly, 40 in Galway, 36 in Louth and the remaining 278 cases are spread across 19 other counties.

As of last Friday, some 426,070 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland, with 285,780 people having received their first dose and 140,290 people receiving their second dose.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said: “While the number of daily cases and the number of people in hospital and critical care remain high, we continue to make progress. In the last 24 hours, we have had no new admissions to critical care, the first time this has happened since St. Stephen’s Day.

"This is one more tangible signal of the efforts that people continue to make and how those efforts are impacting positively on the trajectory of COVID-19 in Ireland. Please stick with this over the coming weeks."

It comes as Tanaiste Leo Varadkar told his party there will be no major easing of restrictions until May.

In an email to his parliamentary party, Varakdar outlined seven key steps the Government are taking over the coming months as part of their Covid-19 plan.

However, he insisted there will be no major lifting of restrictions until May, apart from easing rules around the 5km travel ban, construction, outdoor activities and click and collect services.

The Fine Gael leader also said he took on board the “reasoned criticisms about communications” and said it is now time to for a “reset in how we communicate with the public”.

“It’s very clear about what (will) and will not happen in the next 10 weeks,” he said in reference to the Covid-19 Plan ‘The Path Ahead’.

“Communications is a job for all of us and with this plan there is no reason for any of us to be ‘off message’ for the next few months.”

He set out seven key communications points he wants his TDs and senators to take on board when speaking publicly.

He said March is about reopening schools, pre-schools and childcare which he said will involve “quite a lot of additional movement and interaction”.

“Nphet has advised and we agreed that any further relaxation of restrictions at the same time would be too risky and could jeopardise the safe reopening of education,” he said.

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