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COVID 19: Health Officials Report 545 New Cases With 4 Additional Deaths

The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland has risen to 248,870 with 4,649 cases in County Wicklow.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 4 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 4,903 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Thursday 29th April, the HPSC has been notified of 545 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There is now a total of 248,870* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

294 are men / 244 are women

77% are under 45 years of age

The median age is 29 years old

264 in Dublin, 58 in Kildare, 50 in Cork, 29 in Donegal, 28 in Galway and the remaining 116 cases are spread across 21 other counties.

As of 8am today, 139 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 44 are in ICU. 8 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of April 28th 2021, 1,487,043 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

1,067,378 people have received their first dose

419,665 people have received their second dose

Health officials are advising everyone to be aware of the risk factors for getting COVID-19:

·Distance – the risk of getting COVID-19 increases as the distance between you and others gets smaller. Keep 2 metres apart where possible

·Activity – How you spend time with people and what you do with them can increase your risk. Follow the government’s Stay Safe Guidelines when spending time with others

·Time – The more time you spend in close contact with other people can increase your risk of getting COVID-19. Keep track of who you spend time with and how

·Environment – Being outdoors is safer than being indoors. Where possible, meet with others outdoors. If this is not possible, keep windows and doors open when meeting others inside

·Symptoms – Know the symptoms. If you have them self-isolate and contact your GP immediately

They are:

·a fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above)

·a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry

·shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

·loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

·flu like symptoms

“If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must self isolate and phone your GP for further advice. 

If you have been referred for a test or are awaiting a test result, you must self isolate.

If you are a confirmed case of COVID-19 you must self isolate for 10 days.

If you are identified or have identified yourself as a close contact of a confirmed case, you must restrict your movements.

Department of Health’s COVID-19 Information Dashboard; providing latest case information.

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