The number of patients being treated in Irish hospitals for the coronavirus has fallen to its lowest level since mid-December.
As of 8am this morning, 208 coronavirus patients were in hospital, of whom 52 were in ICU.
There were 11 additional hospital admissions in the previous 24 hours.
The chief executive of the HSE, Paul Reid said the figures could reveal a good trend with the early benefits of the vaccines reducing the sickness levels for the most vulnerable.
“The light is shining a little brighter for now,” he tweeted.
Good start to the weekend as #COVID19 hospital numbers are down to 208 & 51 in ICU. We could be on a good trend with the early benefits of the vaccines reducing the sickness levels for the most vulnerable. The light is shining a little brighter for now. @HSELive— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) April 10, 2021
Nphet reported a further 14 Covid-19 related deaths and 455 new cases of the virus this evening.
Of the deaths reported today 3 occurred in April, 1 occurred in March, 6 occurred in February, and 4 occurred in January.
The median age of those who died was 72.5 years and the age range was between 55 - 90 years.
The total number of deaths related to the coronavirus now stands at 4,783, while the total case count has risen to 240,643. Validation of data at the HPSC resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases.
Of the cases notified today:
- 212 are men while 237 are women.
- Half are under 30 and 77% are under 45.
- The five-day moving average of cases now stands at 438.
As of April 7, a total of 1,018,264 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland.
Some 716,636 people have received their first dose, while 301,628 people have received two doses.
Passengers arriving at Cork and Shannon airports are currently being transported to Dublin for their mandatory hotel quarantine due to a lack of capacity in the Munster region.
People arriving into Cork Port, Cork Airport, and Shannon Airport are being met by Defence Forces personnel upon arrival and then chaperoned to their quarantine facilities in the capital.
Demand for hotel quarantine facilities is expected to rise sharply in the coming weeks.
Yesterday, the Government added 16 extra countries to the hotel quarantine list including France, Italy, Turkey, Canada and the US.
However, a number of states, including the world's vaccination leader Israel, are to be taken off the list.
The standard rate for mandatory quarantine, for one adult in one room, is €1,875 for 12 nights service. Non-adherence to quarantine is punishable by a €2,000 fine or a prison sentence of one month.