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Four further deaths of patients with Covid-19 in Ireland and 344 new cases

Some 269 patients who have tested positive for coronavirus remain in Irish hospital, 32 of whom were in intensive care.

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There have been four further Covid-19 deaths in Ireland.

The National Public Health Emergency Team also announced another 344 confirmed cases of the virus on Saturday.

It was drop from the 456 new daily number of cases of the virus that were notified a week earlier.

However the numbers of patients who tested positive for Covid-19 in hospitals has remained similar.

As of 2pm on Saturday, 269 coronavirus patients were in hospital, 32 of whom were in intensive care.

Of the latest cases 127 were in Dublin, 46 in Cork, 26 in Louth, 22 in Donegal, 20 in Limerick and the remaining 103 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

Ireland is poised to leave level five restrictions in less than two weeks on December 1.

The Government is expected to announce plans to move forward next week.

Public health chiefs have warned that the progress in bringing down levels of the virus made during lockdown has stalled and say the next two weeks will be critical.

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