BREAKING: Limerick's daily Covid numbers released as 25% of eligible adults get first vaccine dose

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

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Six new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in Waterford

LATEST: More than 700 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Ireland as death toll continues to rise

ELEVEN new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Limerick this Monday evening.

The 14-day incidence rate is 115.4 - under the national average of 121. There has been 225 new cases of Covid-19 in Limerick in the last two weeks.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has today been notified of 1 additional death related to Covid-19. There has been a total of 4,874 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Sunday, April 25, the HPSC has been notified of 437 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There has now been a total of 247,069 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today: 169 are in Dublin, 62 in Donegal, 40 in Kildare, 29 in Meath, 21 in Galway and the remaining 116 cases are spread across 17 other counties.

220 are men / 216 are women; 76% are under 45 years of age - the median age is 29-years-old.

As of 8am today, 184 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 46 are in ICU. 19 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of April 24, 1,385,753 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland: 987,681 people have received their first dose;398,072 people have received their second dose.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, the Department of Health said: "As a country, we have now given a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine to 25% of eligible adults.

"In order to protect the vital work of the vaccination programme in offering us all protection from Covid-19, it is important we continue to remain vigilant and careful. Right now, we need to protect the progress we have made together.

"While we should remain cautious, we can also be cautiously optimistic. Our vaccination programme, alongside the continued commendable adherence of the vast majority of people in Ireland to the public health advice, are the key to exiting this pandemic in the coming months.

"However, doing things like mixing indoors when disease is still circulating at a high level puts our progress at risk. Please continue to act in the best interests of one another and be safe when socialising.”

The Covid-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of Covid-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s Covid-19 Vaccination Programme.