Jack Quann
Jack Quann

18.02 21 Apr 2021


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There have been 15 additional deaths related to COVID-19 and 401 new cases reported in Ireland.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) says of the deaths notified today two were in April, three in March, six in February and four in January or earlier.

The median age of those who died was 82 years, and the age range was between 56 and 90 years.

There has been a total of 4,856 COVID-19 related deaths and 244,695 cases here.

These figures include the denotification of six previous deaths and three confirmed cases.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 217 are men / 181 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 31 years old

There are 182 cases in Dublin, 40 in Kildare, 31 in Donegal, 23 in Limerick and 22 in Cork.

The remaining 103 cases are spread across 17 other counties.

As of 8.00am today, 182 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised - of which 47 are in ICU.

There have been 19 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

The seven-day incidence rate is now at 54.7, while the five-day moving average stands at 376.

While as of April 19th, a total of 1,219,487 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

Some 863,958 people have received their first dose, while 355,529 people have got their second.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said people should not be booking holidays abroad for this summer - but a 'gradual change' to the current approach to international travel is likely over the summer months.

He said he believes staycations will be allowed and prove popular this year, but international travel will not return as fast.

"What that means is continuing to prioritise public health over everything else.

"Even with that, I do think over the summer months we will see a gradual change in relation to the approach on international travel.

"But I certainly wouldn't be advising anybody to be booking holidays - that's very much contrary to the current advice that we're providing."

Main image: Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical, is seen at an update in the Department of Health in January 2021. Picture by: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

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