25 more people with Covid-19 have died in Ireland, 566 new cases
Five of the deaths reported today occurred in March.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has reported that 25 more people with Covid-19 have died in Ireland.
The HPSC has also been notified of an additional 566 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country.
In a statement, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said while key disease indicators are moving in a positive direction, the public still needs to keep their guard against the virus, particularly the B117 variant.
He said: "Through the hard work and sacrifice of the vast majority of people, key disease indicators continue on a positive trajectory.
"However, we are still seeing outbreaks in the community, including those linked to extended families, workplaces and funerals.
"We need to keep up our guard against the B117 variant of Covid-19, which we know is dominant in Ireland at present and highly transmissible.
"Our willingness to stick with the public health advice in our daily routine has brought us the progress that we can see today.
"Together, through staying at home as much as possible, social distancing, hand washing and wearing face coverings, we can continue to drive down the spread of Covid-19."
Five of the deaths reported today occurred in March, 13 occurred in February and six occurred in January or earlier.
There is one further death where the date of death is under investigation.
There has now been a total of 4,357 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland, and 221,189 confirmed cases.
Of the cases notified today, 280 are men and 284 are female.
68% are under 45 years of age with the median age being 34 years old.
In terms of the county breakdown, 233 of the cases are in Dublin, 37 are in Kildare, 30 are in Meath, 25 are in Donegal and 24 are in Westmeath.
The remaining 217 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of 8am today, 489 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 114 are in ICU.
There have been 29 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
As of 28 February, there have been 439,782 doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered in Ireland.
297,899 people have received their first dose and 141,883 people have received their second dose.