April 18, 2021

LATEST: One more death as cases begin to rise again, face coverings to be mandatory on public transport

One more person has died after contracting the coronavirus as 25 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.

It brings the overall death toll as a result of the virus to 1,744. There are now 25,589 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NHET).

Meanwhile, separate figures publised by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) today reveals the number of people who have been diagnosed as a confirmed case has risen for the first time in 10 weeks.

However, the number of people who died from the virus is fewer than 10 for the last three weeks.

A breakdown of the latest figures confirms Dublin is by far the worst affected county, accounting for 51% of all confirmed deaths.

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed the wearing of face coverings on public transport will be compulsory from Monday.

He was speaking in Dublin this evening following a meeting with Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and the CEO of the HSE to discuss planning for the winter initiative and to prepare hospitals and the entire heatlh system for the usual winter surge.

The Taoiseach warned next winter will be far more difficult and complex than any before given the continued prevalence of Covid-19.

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