One more Covid-19 death and 269 new cases have been confirmed in Ireland this evening.
The death toll from Covid-19 in Ireland is now 4,836, with a total of 243,508 cases being confirmed since the pandemic began.
The number of new cases in each county has not been released by health officials this weekend.
As of 8am this morning, 181 patients are hospitalised with Covid-19, of which 47 are in ICU.
There have been six additional hospitalisations in the last 24 hours.
Data from Letterkenny University Hospital last night recorded seven patients with Covid-19 receiving treatment, of which two are in ICU.
On the vaccine front, as of last Friday (16 April) there have been 1,188,354 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said declining case numbers nationwide are a result of community efforts.
“We have already seen the fantastic impact of vaccination amongst our healthcare workers & in our nursing homes. However, the declining Covid-19 incidence across all age groups recently cannot be attributed to vaccination but rather to the enormous efforts of people across society,” Dr Glynn said.
“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.”