1 more death related to COVID, 539 new cases

Govt continues talks on easing of restrictions
  • Deborah Condon

One more death related to COVID-19 has been reported, as well as 539 new cases of the virus.

This brings the total number of deaths to 4,667 and the total number of cases to 235,078.

Of the 539 new cases of the virus, 262 occurred in Dublin, 32 in Kildare, 30 in Westmeath, 26 in Galway, 21 in Meath and 21 in Offaly.

As of 8am on Monday morning, there were 331 patients with COVID-19 in hospital, of which 70 were in ICU. An additional 19 people had been hospitalised in the previous 24 hours.

As of March 26, 786,569 vaccine doses had been administered. Over 219,000 people had received both of their two doses.

The Government is expected to make its final decision on the easing of COVID restrictions on Tuesday, following a meeting with public health officials on Monday evening.

While the Government is expected to take a cautious approach, It is understood that an extension of the 5km limit and a return to outdoor sports, including allowing children to take part in non-contact training, are being considered.

The easing of restrictions is due to begin on April 5.

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