LATEST: Kilkenny among 592 new cases of virus as 10 further deaths confirmed
A further 10 people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 592 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.
The overall death toll as a result of the virus has now reached 4,509. There have now been 225,179 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).
The breakdown of the latest cases is as follows: 253 are in Dublin, 52 in Kildare, 35 in Donegal, 33 in Meath, 28 in Galway with the remaining 191 cases are spread across all other counties, including five further infections in Kilkenny.
Commenting on today’s figures, Deputy Chief Medical Office, Dr Ronan Glynn said: “Today marks one year since we reported Ireland’s first death related to COVID-19. More than 4,500 people have lost their lives with this disease.
“We remember them, and their families and friends, as well as the many people who remain seriously ill or who are dealing with long-term health issues because of COVID-19.
“We now have three vaccines and a fourth authorised by the European Medicines Agency today, which offers us a way out of this pandemic. We must continue to protect as many people as possible from the severe effects of COVID-19 and to give people a chance to become vaccinated over the next number of weeks and months.
“Today, NPHET endorsed new HPSC guidance on nursing home visitation which allows for more regular visiting. The new guidance comes into effect from the 22nd of March,” Dr Glynn added.