Covid: Supply of vaccines nationwide has stabilised

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

Four of these deaths occurred in April, and one in February.

There has been a total of 4,732 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight on Tuesday the HPSC was notified of 423 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 239,325.

They include 'less than five' in Mayo, now with 120 over the past two weeks.

The county's 14-day incidence rate is 91.9 - below the national average of 151.6.

Mayo's five-day moving average is seven.

Of the other cases notified today:

219 are men and 201 are women.

73% are under 45 years of age.

The median age is 30 years old.

199 in Dublin, 41 in Kildare, 23 in Meath, 20 in Galway, 18 in Westmeath and the remaining 122 are spread across 19 other counties.

As of 8 a.m. today, 232 Covid-19 patients were hospitalised, of which 56 were in ICU.

There have been 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Latest update on vaccines

As of last Sunday (4 April) there have been 936,087 doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered in Ireland.

663,411 people have received their first dose.

272,676 people have received their second dose.

The chair of the National Vaccines Taskforce said the supply of vaccines would be ramping up right throughout the next three months and by the end of April, there should be around 200,000 vaccines "and above" being administered per week.

Professor Brian MacCraith said all the indicators showed the supply of vaccines from the various companies had stabilised.

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