Health officials have reported 763 new cases of COVID-19 and an additional 28 deaths related to the disease.
Eighty-four of the cases reported this evening are in Galway – the second highest number of any county in the Republic. Today’s increase takes the 14-day incidence rate here to 328.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Of the deaths reported today, 27 occurred in February and the median age was 79, while the ages of those who died were between 32 to 97.
“The past year has been very difficult for people and we still have a way to go. Incidence remains very high and we cannot drop our guard,” said Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer.
“But better days are in sight. People continue to respond to public health advice and act in solidarity with one another.
“We have a dedicated and committed health workforce and we are learning more about this disease all the time. We now have three very safe and effective vaccines being rolled out and supply should increase very substantially over the coming weeks.
“Please continue in your efforts as we seek to ensure that as many people as possible can benefit from vaccination.”