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Latest figures Seven further deaths and 418 new Covid-19 cases confirmed

When you are planning to meet someone, remember that outdoors is safer for everybody," says Dr Tony Holohan

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There has been seven further Covid-19 related deaths while 418 new cases of the virus have been confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

This brings the Covid-19 death toll to 4,915 while the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland now stands at 251,087.

A total of five of these deaths occurred in April, one in February and one in January. The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 67-92 years.

.Of the cases notified today, 199 were diagnosed in men and 214 are women.

A total of 167 of the news cases are in Dublin, 39 in Cork, 32 in Donegal, 29 in Kildare, 22 in Meath and the remaining 129 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8am today, 137 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 37 are in ICU. 18 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of Monday May 3, 1,621,870 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland with 1,174,292 people having received their first dose and 447,578 people having received their second dose.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said: “As we look forward to the greater reopening of activities and services, our key objective now is to maintain our course in coming weeks and follow the public health advice in our daily activities.

“When you are planning to meet someone, remember that outdoors is safer for everybody.

"And when you meet up, stay at a 2m distance, keep to a small group and avoid crowded areas – this will minimise the risk of passing the virus from person to person, driving down the incidence rate and keeping our society open.

“Throughout this pandemic we have seen outbreaks and clusters of disease as a result of social events such as funerals, wakes and birthday parties.

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"Unfortunately we need to continue to stay vigilant to the infectious nature of this disease and avoid congregating together in large groups.

"We need all sectors of society to continue to encourage and support the public health messages and to help everyone to stay safe.”


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