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“Enormous efforts” of the public has been credited with a declining incidence of COVID-19 across all age groups, the Acting Chief Medical Officer outlined.

On Sunday evening, NPHET reported that 269 new confirmed cases were known across the country. The median age of these is 31. A county breakdown of these numbers has not been provided. The country’s five day moving average currently stands at 369.

There is one additional death related to the virus. A total of 4,836 COVID-19 related deaths have occurred in Ireland.

Both numbers in hospital and critical care continue to fall. As of 8am on Sunday, 47 persons remains in critical care, they are included in the tally of 181 hospitalised, 6 of which were admitted in the past 24 hours.

Data from Friday has flagged that 1,188,354 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland, 349,710 people have received both doses.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn stated, “We have already seen the fantastic impact of vaccination amongst our healthcare workers and in our nursing homes. However, the declining incidence across all age groups in recent weeks cannot be attributed to vaccination but rather to the enormous efforts of people across society to keep themselves and their families safe.

“If we can keep incidence relatively low over the coming weeks, vaccination will increasingly play a role in suppressing this virus. This will make it easier for all of us to balance the risks associated with COVID-19 while gradually easing public health measures,” he added.

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