14 further deaths and 455 new cases reported in the State

A further 14 deaths relating to Covid-19 have been reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet).

This brings to 4,783 the total number of deaths in the pandemic.

Those who died ranged in age from 55-90 years and the median age was 72.

On Saturday, Nphet also reported 455 confirmed cases of the disease, bringing to 240,643 the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland since the pandemic began.

Some 208 Covid-19 patients were receiving hospital treatment on Saturday morning, including 11 people who were hospitalised in the last 24 hours. This is a slight increase on the 200 people being treated for the virus in hospital on Friday morning. A total of 52 people were in ICU on Saturday morning, up from 51 on Friday.

Of the new cases reported on Saturday, 212 were men and 237 were women while 77 per cent were aged under 45. The median age for a positive test was 30.

Some 301,628 people were fully vaccinated and had received both jabs by Wednesday, April 7th, according to HSE data. Some 716,636 people had received their first dose, while a total of 1,018,264 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine had been administered by Wednesday.

A total of 107,628 tests have been carried out over the past seven days with a positivity rate of 2.7 per cent.

On Saturday morning, the HSE reported that, as of Friday morning at 8am, there were 200 confirmed cases in hospitals, down nine from the previous day, and 51 people with the virus in ICUs, down from 53 on Thursday.

Walk-in centres

Four new walk-in centres opened across Dublin, Waterford and Limerick on Saturday. In Dublin, they will be at Cumann Naomh Peregrine, Blakestown Road, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15; at Ballyfermot Sports Complex, 33-39 Gurteen Road, Redcowfarm, Dublin 10.

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