LATEST: Kilkenny among 756 new cases of virus, restrictions may be in place until vulnerable are vaccinated: Varadkar
One more person has died after contracting the coronavirus as 756 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.
It brings the overall death toll as a result of the virus to 2,205. There has now been 86,894 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: 291 are in Dublin, 63 in Cork, 59 in Monaghan, 49 in Louth, 43 in Meath, with the remaining 260 cases are spread across all other counties, including five further infections in Kilkenny.
The latest cases were confirmed as Tánaiste Leo Varadkar today warned that “sustainable” Covid-19 restrictions could be in place for months until the most vulnerable and healthcare workers are vaccinated.
In a interview on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the Tánaiste said restrictions are likely to be in place for another “few months”. He said future restrictions need to be sustainable instead of lifting and re-introducing measures as cases rise and fall.
“There will be a case of saying to the Irish people, you know, perhaps we should keep these restrictions in place until such a time as we have protected our healthcare workers and our most vulnerable,” Mr Varadkar added.