Jack Quann
Jack Quann

18.33 5 Mar 2021


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There have been nine additional deaths related to COVID-19 and 522 new confirmed cases here.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) said four of the deaths were in March, three in February and one in January.

There is one case where the date of death is under investigation.

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The median age of those who died was 82 years, and the age range was from 69-94 years.

There has been a total of 4,405 COVID-19 related deaths and 222,169 cases in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 275 are men / 243 are women
  • 67% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 33 years old

There are 280 cases in Dublin, 28 in Meath, 28 in Kildare, 26 in Cork and 19 in Donegal.

The remaining 141 cases are spread across 19 other counties.

As of 8.00am today, 426 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised - of which 102 are in ICU.

There have been 34 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

While as of March 2nd, 460,637 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

Some 316,056 people have received their first dose, and 144,581 have got their second dose.

It comes as Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien said there is no guarantee that construction will be able to fully open on April 5th.

He said he was hopeful there will be progress, but that it cannot be guaranteed.

The Department of Housing had been hopeful that the construction sector would be able to open from today.

Those hopes were dashed when NPHET advised against re-opening construction this month, instead deciding to focus on the phased return of schools.

Mr O'Brien said: "It will obviously be based on public health advice.

"The NPHET advice we made our decision on to extend the restrictions was very stark.

"We're operating with a new variant now... it's responsible for over 90% of the virus [cases]. It's more transmissible."

Main image: Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, at a media briefing in the Department of Health. Picture by: Leah Farrell / RollingNews.ie

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