LATEST: Kilkenny among 686 new cases of virus as just one further death confirmed
Just one person has died after contracting the coronavirus as 686 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed.
The overall death toll as a result of the virus has now reached 4,137. There have now been 215,743 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: 278 in Dublin, 49 in Limerick, 37 in Kildare, 32 in Louth, 31 in Donegal and the remaining 259 cases are spread across all remaining counties, a further ten cases were recorded in Kilkenny.
Commenting on today’s figures, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn said: “We continue to see really high levels of compliance amongst the population and this is having a positive impact on the levels of disease in our communities.
“It is also having a positive impact on our hospitals – while last week there were 269 cases in healthcare workers and 4 outbreaks in our hospitals these represent a very significant reduction compared with the 839 cases and 15 outbreaks in the week to the 7th of February.
“In time, vaccination will be our most powerful tool against COVID-19 and over the coming weeks those who are highest risk in our families and communities will get vaccinated,” Dr Glynn concluded.