January 31, 2023

LATEST: Kilkenny among 482 new cases of virus as seven further deaths confirmed

A further seven more people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 482 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.

It brings the overall death toll as a result of the virus to 1,972. There are now 67,099 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPTHET).

The breakdown of the latest cases is as follows: 128 are in Dublin, 45 in Cork, 43 in Waterford, 24 in Donegal, 24 in Meath, 36 in Limerick with the remaining 182 cases spread across 20 other counties, including six more infections in Kilkenny.

The latest cases were confirmed as Taoiseach Micheál Martin earlier said that a staged approach may be taken in relation to the level of Covid-19 restrictions in place after December 1.

Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One, Mr Martin said an “exit plan is being worked on across Government” that will take into account advice from NPHET. However, the Taoiseach warned some restrictions may be in place for Christmas week.

Mr Martin said: “There may be a staged approach after 1 December. The exit plan is still being worked on across Government. We want to get to the end of November and get the numbers down. We will give people notice before the end of November so they can make plans.”


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