JUST five new confirmed Covid-19 cases have been reported in Limerick, the second time in three days the local increase has been in single digits.
Data just released from the Department of Health also reveals a drop in the local incidence rate - from 139.6 cases per 100,000 people yesterday to 133.4 cases today. The national rate is 148.1
The five-day moving average number in Limerick stands at 13, with a total of 260 cases recorded locally over the last fortnight.
Nationally, 18 more people have died from Covid-19, with one of these relating to last month.
The average age of the people who tragically lost their lives to the disease is 78 years, with an age range of 55 to 102 years.
It now means that since the onset of the pandemic over 12 months ago, there has now been 4,552 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.
A further 349 cases were also confirmed, bringing the total number to 227,663 across Ireland.
Of today's new cases, 172 are men and 177 are women.
Seven in ten cases have occurred in those under 45, with the average age 33.
The majority of today's new cases - 156 - have been recorded in the capital, followed by 23 in Meath, 19 in Donegal, 15 in Louth and 14 in Kildare.
The remaining 122 new cases are spread across all other counties, including the five in Limerick.
Cork has recorded 14 new cases, Tipperary has seven new, Kerry has just five additional cases, while Clare has less than five.
As of 8am today, 355 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, of which 88 are in intensive care. Thirty-six more people have been admitted to hospital over the last 24 hours.
As of March 13, 615,934 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland.
Some 451,589 people have received their first dose, with 164,345 people getting their second.