Health officials have this evening reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 in Galway, and 383 additional cases nationally.
Two further COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported by the Department of Health, taking the total number of deaths related to the disease in the State since the start of the pandemic to 4,908.
Galway’s 14-day incidence rate now stands at 90.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants with 233 new cases in the past two weeks. The national 14-day incidence rate is now 134.1 cases per 100,000 people.
Of the new cases reported today, 129 are in Dublin, while 40 are in Kildare, 32 in Meath, 25 in Donegal and 25 in Louth.
Speaking this evening, Dr Tony Holohan said: “As we move closer to the easing of restrictions on 10 May, we can look forward to opportunities to enjoy the better weather and to meeting with our family and close friends safely and with the public health measures in mind.
“The virus is still circulating in the community and is still a risk, particularly to those who have yet to be vaccinated.
“Collectively we know how to interrupt the spread of this disease, so when you are making plans for coming week, don’t underestimate the need to keep your distance, meet outdoors where possible and wash your hands.
“And if it’s crowded, turn around and come back another time. Together these simple measures will minimise the risk of infection.”