Latest figures Eight deaths and 330 new cases of Covid-19 as hopes for easing of restrictions grows
A further eight people have died and 330 new cases of Covid-19 were announced today.
It brings the total number of confirmed cases to 69,082 while the death toll stands at 2,018.
Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has resulted in the denotification of one case and results in the adjusted total of 69,082.
A total of 283 people have been hospitalised with the virus, 33 of whom are in ICU. 13 people were hospitalised in the last 24 hours.
The breakdown of cases is as follows:
- 171 are men / 155 are women
- 64% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 37 years old
- 99 are in Dublin, 28 in Cork, 26 in Louth, 25 in Meath, 21 in Donegal and the remaining 131 cases are spread across 20 other counties.
The latest figures come as it's hoped restrictions on visiting other households and inter-county travel can be eased at Christmas.
"We want people to enjoy a safe Christmas, but we will be asking them not to go to lots of different households,” a government source said.
The country will be put under Level 3 restrictions once the second national lockdown comes to an end on December 1.
It is expected different grades of Level 3 will then be introduced throughout the month, depending on the rate of new infections.
A number of options are being considered by Government and there is serious concern about managing expectations ahead of the lockdown ending.
However, central to their plans is a major easing of restrictions in the last week of December.
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