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Latest figures Five deaths and 456 new Covid-19 cases ahead of crackdown on street drinkers

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Dr Tony Holohan

Dr Tony Holohan

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Dr Tony Holohan

A further five people have died while there were 456 new cases of Covid-19 announced today.

The latest figures bring the total number of confirmed cases to 68,356 while the death toll now stands at 1,984.

All deaths reported today happened in November.

Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has resulted in three confirmed cases being denotified, resulting in the adjusted total of 68,356 confirmed cases.

A total of 274 people are in hospital with the illness, 33 of whom are in ICU. Ten were hospitalised in the last 24 hours.

The breakdown of cases is as follows:

  • 199 are men / 257 are women
  • 69pc are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 34 years old

105 in Dublin, 85 in Limerick, 43 in Cork, 38 in Meath and 25 in Clare, with the remaining 160 cases spread across 21 other counties.

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Henry Street, Dublin

Henry Street, Dublin

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Henry Street, Dublin

Meanwhile, it was revealed earlier today that takeaway pints are to be banned by the Government as part of a new crackdown on people gathering outdoors to drink.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly will sign a health regulation in the coming days which will prohibit the sale of takeaway alcohol from pubs and restaurants.

A senior health sources confirmed Minister Donnelly is planning to introduce the ban on takeaway pints shortly. The minister may need Cabinet approval before he signs the regulation.

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