LATEST: Kilkenny among 617 new cases of virus as 10 further deaths confirmed
A further 10 people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 617 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.
The overall death toll as a result of the virus has now reached 4,875. There have now been 245,310 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: 236 in Dublin, 84 in Donegal, 37 in Kildare, 34 in Tipperary, 30 in Offaly and the remaining 196 cases are spread across 20 other counties. Less than five cases were again recorded in Kilkenny.
Commenting on the latest figures, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “We are in a strong position in that transmission levels have reduced substantially and the roll-out of vaccination is protecting more and more of those at risk from the severe effects of COVID-19.
“If we can maintain our current position there is hope that we can look forward to a real easing of measures, but it is as important as ever that we don’t put that progress at risk by letting our collective guard down too much, or too early,” Dr Holohan added.