Coronavirus: Fewer than 5 cases again in Galway

BREAKING Small daily increase in number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Limerick

BREAKING Small daily increase in number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Limerick

The Department of Health is reporting four further deaths related to Covid-19, while another 344 cases have been confirmed here.

Today's cases mean the State has now confirmed a total of 70,143 infections since the outset of the pandemic.

Louth and Donegal have 26 and 22 new cases respectively with another 20 in Limerick.

As of 2pm today, 269 patients with Covid-19 are hospitalised, of which 32 are in ICU.

69 per cent are under 45 years of age, with a median age of 32 years old.

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This figure is 129.2 in Meath while the national incidence rate is now 113.1. Mr Martin said the news "gives us hope".

An announcement on exiting the existing Level 5 restrictions is now expected to be made by the Government next Thursday evening. This brings the total number of deaths to 2,022.

THE 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 in Limerick has risen marginally to 218.1 (per 100,000 population) after the Department of Health confirmed that 20 new cases of the disease have been reported this Saturday.

Of the fatalities reported today, 10 occurred in the past 24 hours.

There were also 143 active outbreaks of the virus in care homes, as the region prepares for two weeks of beefed up coronavirus restrictions from next Friday.

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