THERE WERE no new Covid-19 deaths recorded on the island of Ireland over the past 24 hours yesterday.
Following a long period of stagnation in the Republic, in which cases and hospitalisations remained stubbornly high and Level 5 lockdown was extended multiple times, there seems to finally have been a positive reversal in the trends.
Earlier this week, the Republic recorded its lowest daily cases in all of 2021, with just 269 new cases identified on Sunday, 18 April, the lowest daily case number since December 14, 2020, when 264 new cases were recorded.
Yesterday these positive trends continued, as both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland recorded no further deaths from the virus, raising hopes that the planned easing of restrictions will be allowed to continue.
There were 403 new cases recorded in the Republic and 79 in the north, with the continued positive trends and the fall of the 14-day incidence rate attributed to the vaccine roll-out in both Ireland and the UK.
In Northern Ireland, 1,137,331 vaccines have been administered- 863,712 first doses and 273,619 second doses. Those aged over 35 are now able to book their vaccination in limited circumstances.
In the Republic, while the roll-out is slower, there have been 1,204,063 total vaccinations administered: 852,189 first doses and 351,874 second doses.