LATEST: No Kilkenny infections among 437 new cases of virus as one further death confirmed
A further person has died after contracting the coronavirus as 437 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.
The overall death toll as a result of the virus has now reached 4,874. There have now been 247,069 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: 169 in Dublin, 62 in Donegal, 40 in Kildare, 29 in Meath, 21 in Galway and the remaining 116 cases are spread across 17 other counties, less than five cases were recorded in Kilkenny.
Commenting on today’s figures, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan said: “As a country, we have now given a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 25% of eligible adults.
“In order to protect the vital work of the vaccination programme in offering us all protection from COVID-19, it is important we continue to remain vigilant and careful. Right now, we need to protect the progress we have made together.
“While we should remain cautious, we can also be cautiously optimistic. Our vaccination programme, alongside the continued commendable adherence of the vast majority of people in Ireland to the public health advice, are the key to exiting this pandemic in the coming months.
“However, doing things like mixing indoors when disease is still circulating at a high level puts our progress at risk. Please continue to act in the best interests of one another and be safe when socialising,” Dr Holohan concluded.