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latest figures Dr Ronan Glynn urges public to 'hold firm' as 359 new cases and 14 further deaths reported

There is now a total of 220,630 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 a 14 further deaths linked to Covid-19 and 359 new cases of the virus, the Department of Health has confirmed.

Three deaths occurred in March, 10 in February and one in November, bringing the total number of deaths to 4,333.

There is now a total of 220,630 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today, 159 are in Dublin, 25 in Westmeath, 21 in Louth, 21 in Galway, 19 in Meath and the remaining 114 cases are spread across 19 other counties.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said: “While the low number of cases reported today may be attributable to a weekend effect, it is nevertheless very welcome and represents the lowest number of cases reported on a single day since mid-December.

“While we continue to make good progress in Ireland, globally in the past week, the number of cases of Covid-19 has increased for the first time in 7 weeks. We must not allow this virus the opportunity to do the same here.

"Please hold firm to the public health advice and together we can continue to protect and build on the progress we have made over the last 2 months."

There are currently 498 Covid-19 patients in hospital, 116 of which are in ICU.

As of February 27, 435,895 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Ireland. A total of 294,550 people have received their first dose and 141,345 people have received their second dose

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