Less than 5 cases recorded in Leitrim

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A FURTHER 683 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has said this evening.

Brazil has reached 300,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and becomes the second nation to top that figure.

The new cases were among 716 cases found across the province over the past 24 hours, bringing B.C.'s total to 93,969 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. The first positives in Walnut Hill and McDavid were reported April 6.

Roscommon and Sligo also both reported less than five new cases, Longford 5, Cavan 9 and Donegal 68.

There are now 5,573 active cases of coronavirus in the province, the highest number since January 9, with public health monitoring 9,696 people across B.C. due to COVID-19 exposure.

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The latest deaths bring the total toll of the pandemic in B.C.to 1,441. Of the total cases, 148 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This pushes the known variant case total up to 1,581 in the province, the vast majority of which are the B.1.1.7 variant associated with the United Kingdom.

As of 8am today, 329 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised.

More than 25,000 doses have been administered since Dix and Henry's previous update. It said the persons were identified from samples taken between March 21 and 23.

The province estimates that approximately 200,000 people aged 16 and older fall into this priority group, though some have already been vaccinated under the ongoing age-based vaccination program.

Prince Rupert has opened vaccine bookings to all adults due to concerns about transmission in the city, and thousands of front-line workers are eligible to get their shots in this phase, or will be in the coming weeks.

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