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Coronavirus: 318 new cases and one further death in Republic

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The Department of Health has reported 344 new cases of Covid-19 today and four additional deaths related to the disease.

The remaining 103 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

The latest reported deaths occurred in Belfast (4), Causeway Coast and Glens (2), Antrim and Newtownabbey (1), Ards and North Down (1), Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon (1), and Newry, Mourne and Down (1).

Many places saw their highest footfall since the coronavirus pandemic began, with queues beginning from the early morning in Belfast city centre.

330 new cases have also been confirmed - the lowest daily figure in the last 10 days - with the national 14 day incidence rate falling to just over 113 cases per 100,000 population.

There have been 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of 2pm today, 283 people were being treated for the illness in hospital with 33 of those patients in ICU.

Of the new cases, 155 are men and 161 are women with 73% under 45 years of age.

However, all non-essential retail will have to close again next Friday for a further two weeks.

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