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Latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: One death and 408 more Covid-19 cases ahead of lockdown lifting

This comes as yesterday Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan encouraged the public "to get out there and participate in society."

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Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health (PA)

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health (PA)

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health (PA)

Another person has died after contracting Covid-19 while there were 408 new cases, the Department of Health confirmed today.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 252,303 and the total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 4,919.

This comes as yesterday Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan encouraged the public "to get out there and participate in society."

However, he stressed that public health measures must be adhered to.

He also said that vaccinated people will be able to hug their grandchildren once restrictions are eased next week.

People who have had their jabs will be able to meet with unvaccinated people from one other household, indoors and without masks from Monday, May 10.

“People who are vaccinated will be in a position to meet other people who are unvaccinated, so long as those unvaccinated people come from just one other house, and are in the low-risk groups," Dr Holohan said.

“So that’s what the bonus applies for and it enables them to do that, to not have to take the other precautions.”

Put to him that his comments will have made a lot of people very happy, Dr Holohan replied: “I hope so.”

Speaking at the Nphet briefing yesterday, he said that people in older age cohorts have “shouldered the burden of the challenge of this”.

“It’s been really hard for people in those age groups, cut off from their own children, and cut off from their extended family and in particular grandchildren.

“So yes, this is something that I think most, most people will see, understand, and welcome,” he added.

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