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covid latest Coronavirus Ireland: No further death and 403 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed


A vial of the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is seen. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

A vial of the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is seen. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

A vial of the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is seen. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

There have been no further deaths in connection with Covid-19 and 403 new cases of the virus confirmed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) this evening.

838,644 people have received at least one Covid-19 dose, according to the latest HSE data. 349,710 people were fully vaccinated as of Friday, April 16.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said: “We have already seen the fantastic impact of vaccination amongst our healthcare workers and in our nursing homes.

“However, the declining incidence across all age groups in recent weeks cannot be attributed to vaccination but rather to the enormous efforts of people across society to keep themselves and their families safe.

“If we can keep incidence relatively low over the coming weeks, vaccination will increasingly play a role in suppressing this virus. This will make it easier for all of us to balance the risks associated with Covid-19 while gradually easing public health measures.”

In addition, he urged the public to keep their distance and to wear a mask. People should also avoid mixing indoors with other households, and try working from home where at all possible.

Dr Glynn also urged people to get vaccinated as soon as it's your turn, and that if people with any symptoms of Covid-19 should isolate and contact a GP to arrange a test.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed yesterday that over 100,000 people between the age of 66-69 have registered for a vaccine using the HSE’s portal.

“Our vaccine rollout is picking up pace - and we’re moving in the right direction,” the Taoiseach said on Twitter.

He also said that around 140,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines were administered last week despite certain slowdowns.

“So that’s good work by the HSE and all involved,” he said. “We continue to make progress in relation to Covid-19. The number of cases continues to reduce, as are the number of people in hospital and ICU. And that’s good progress indeed.

On a final note, he added the pace of the vaccination programme will continue to increase this week, and that with further progress in reducing Covid-19 case numbers, more parts of society can reopen.

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