LATEST: No new deaths recorded as 821 cases of virus announced including in Kilkenny
For the first time in two months, no people have died from contracting the coronavirus in Ireland.
Despite this encouraging news, 821 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed.
The overall death toll as a result of the virus has now reached 3,948. There have now been 210,402 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: 333 in Dublin, 91 in Galway, 53 in Limerick, 41 in Kildare, 38 in Meath and the remaining 265 cases are spread across all other counties, less than five cases were reported in Kilkenny.
Commenting on today’s figures, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn said: ““With the commencement of vaccination of people aged over 85 in the community, today marks a significant milestone as we seek to protect the most vulnerable from this pandemic.
“It is an extraordinary testament to science that less than one year since our first case in Ireland, we are now in the process of rolling out three effective vaccines.
“The challenge now is to continue to suppress this disease so that as many people as possible can benefit from these vaccines over the coming months.” Dr Glynn concluded.