Taoiseach Hails Restrictions As Virus Related Numbers Tumble

An Taoiseach Micheal Martin T.D.

Another nine people have died with Covid-19, and there are 522 new cases.

280 are in Dublin, with 28 in Meath, 28 in Kildare, 26 in Cork and 19 in Donegal and the remaining 141 cases are spread across 19 other counties.

There are 426 patients in hospital with the virus and 102 in intensive care.

The 14-day incidence rate has dropped to 185 per 100,000 people – which is the lowest since Chrismas Eve.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin says the level 5 restrictions are having the desired effect.

Hospital numbers are going down, the ICU numbers are going down and the incidence rate is going down steadily and that’s thanks to the efforts of the Irish people in adhering to the guidelines and its very tough and its very challenging on people, given the prolonged nature of this lockdown.”

He added; ‘But it is yielding results in terms of getting key numbers down which is the targets that we set ourselves in respect of hospitalisation numbers, ICU’s and the general incidence.