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latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: 761 new cases, 18 further deaths reported

There is now a total of 236,600 confirmed cases of the virus in Ireland.

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Nphet media briefing.

Nphet media briefing.

Nphet media briefing.

Another 761 new cases of Covid-19 and 18 further deaths linked to the virus have been reported by the National Public Health and Emergency Team (Nphet) this evening.

Of the deaths reported today, 11 occurred in March and seven occurred in February. This brings the death toll to 4,705 .

There is now a total of 236,600 confirmed cases of the virus in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today, 372 are in Dublin, 55 in Meath, 43 in Cork, 40 in Kildare, 38 in Offaly and the remaining 213 cases are spread across 19 other counties.

As of 8am today, 274 Covid-199 patients are in hospital, of which 63 are in ICU.

As of Monday, 819,676 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland.

A total of 590,688 people have received their first dose and 228,988 people have received their second dose.

Meanwhile, Ireland’s plan to ramp up the vaccine rollout in April has been dealt a blow after the Tanaiste said there will be a drop in the expected number of vaccines delivered this month.

Leo Varadkar said that fewer than a million doses of the vaccine will be delivered in April.

Last week, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly told the Dail that 1.1 million doses were scheduled to be delivered over the next four weeks.

“I would like to get about a million a month through April, May and June, but it will be less than a million in April, more than a million in May and June,” Mr Varadkar said on Thursday.

Mr Varadkar said the Government can never be certain about supplies, adding that things can go wrong.

“We do expect to have most adults vaccinated by the end of May and the vast majority of adults offered their first dose no later than the end of June,” he added.

Some 112,000 vaccines arrived in Ireland on Wednesday, which means the Government reached its projection of receiving 1.187 million vaccines in the first quarter of the year.

The Government also plans to administer a total of one million doses by April 7.

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