Figures released today show key sign of COVID improvement in Ireland

Figures released by the Department of Health this evening marked the lowest number of hospitalisations recorded all week.

An additional 7 people were admitted to the hospital for treatment of COVID-19 - with ICU numbers sitting at 50.

The highest number of hospitalisations were seen across Monday and Thursday when 22 patients were recorded each day to be newly in receipt of medical care.

Today's figures also showed the lowest number of patients in hospitals across the country for COVID-19 - reporting a total of 183 today.

At its height this week, there were 227 COVID patients admitted, and this was reported on Monday.

Meanwhile, the HSE confirmed that nearly 1.2 million vaccinations have been administered across the country as health officials prepare to begin dosing those aged 65-69 from Monday.

Confirming the numbers on Twitter this morning, HSE Chief, Paul Reid said the numbers mean that 22% of Ireland's population has now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

hospitalisations Figures released today show key sign of COVID improvement in Ireland

On Thursday, 33,386 vaccine doses were administered, marking a new daily record as the government ramp up the vaccination rollout across the country.

814,470 people in Ireland have now received their first dose, while 341,129 are fully protected against the virus.

The online vaccination portal was also launched on Thursday this week and saw over 26,000 people register for their jab within hours of its launch.

With restrictions easing ever so slights again on April 19, training for and playing of intercounty National Gaelic Games Leagues - not including under 20 or minor competitions - will resume.

High-performing athletes, as approved by Sport Ireland, can also resume at this point.

The next lifting of restrictions will then be seen on April 26, 2021.