The Department of Health has been notified of 14 additional deaths and 455 new Covid-19 cases.

Of the deaths reported today, three occurred in April, one occurred in March, six occurred in February, and four occurred in January.

There has been a total of 4,783 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

The median age of those who died was 72.5 years and the age range was 55-90 years.

With today's new cases, there has now been a total of 240,643 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today, 212 are men and 237 are women, while 77% are under 45 years of age and the median age is 30 years old.

As of 8am today, 208 Covid-19 patients were in hospital, of which 52 were in ICU.

Meanwhile, GP practices are to participate, for the first time, in the Covid-19 vaccination of medically vulnerable people aged between 16 and 69.

Around 1,100 practices are preparing to take part in the vaccinations.

They are expected to deliver more than 46,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to this cohort by the end of next week.

They will then continue vaccinating medically vulnerable people at this same pace throughout the next four weeks.

In addition, GPs will continue vaccinating people over 70, bringing the total number of vaccine doses they alone will have administered by next weekend to 620,000.

Hospitals and vaccination centres will also continue vaccinating the medically vulnerable.

However, these vaccination plans could be affected by new advice about the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, due early next week.

More than one million vaccine doses have so far been administered in Ireland and it is expected that 20% of the adult population will have received at least one vaccine dose over the coming days.

As of 7 April, 1,018,264 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland.

Of this, 716,636 people have received their first dose and 301,628 people have received their second dose.

The chair of the Irish Medical Organisation's GP committee said he was "confident" that the HSE target of delivering 180,000 to 190,000 vaccines this week would be reached.

"GPs are probably contributing to around half of the vaccines being administered and the biggest issue we have had is not getting good notice of deliveries but that situation has improved greatly," Dr Denis McCauley told RTÉ's Saturday With Katie Hannon.

"The word coming back from GPs is that they are now very content around communication. There was a reduction of Pfizer in the last week or so but we had been warned about that."

HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said on Twitter: "Good start to the weekend as #COVID19 hospital numbers are down to 208 & 51 in ICU.

"We could be on a good trend with the early benefits of the vaccines reducing the sickness levels for the most vulnerable. The light is shining a little brighter for now."

Meanwhile, five new temporary walk-in test centres for Covid-19 are in operation from today until 16 April.

The locations include Cumann Naomh Peregrine in Mulhuddart, Dublin; the Waterford Institute of Technology Campus; Ballyfermot Sports Campus in Dublin 10; Crumlin GAA clubhouse, Dublin 12, and St Joseph's Health Campus in Mulgrave Street, Limerick.

Members of the public queuing for a Covid-19 test at the new test centre in Ballyfermot

Another test centre already opened at Coláiste Eoin in Finglas, Dublin, will continue to operate until 7pm tomorrow evening.

These temporary Covid testing centres are for local people over the age of 16, with no symptoms of the virus, who have not tested positive for the virus in the last six months, but who wish to be tested now.

Around 25,000 people attended 11 similar centres over the past two weeks, with 635 testing positive.


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