In accordance with Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn, public well being recommendation towards non-essential journey and dealing from house is to stay in place a minimum of till the tip of June.
Because the EU plans to open up journey to individuals who have been vaccinated, examined or lately contaminated, Dr Glynn mentioned recommendation from the Nationwide Public Well being Emergency Staff (Nphet) towards journey earlier than the tip of June.
Individuals also needs to proceed to make money working from home for a minimum of the following 4 months, he mentioned in a Nphet briefing on Thursday, as a result of there was a "actual and important" benefit when it comes to management over illness.
Dr Glynn mentioned a 'cautious method' was wanted till June with the intention to keep away from a brand new wave of the illness.
The Nphet will publish "conservative" tips within the coming fortnight, permitting extra freedom for vaccinated older individuals to go to and meet with different individuals, Dr Glynn mentioned.
Greater than 250,000 individuals over the age of 70 have been vaccinated up to now, however solely these in nursing properties have benefited from easing restrictions, with extra visits allowed.
No different deaths of Covid-19 sufferers have been reported by the Nphet. That leaves the overall variety of virus-related deaths at four,566.
Nphet has reported 582 confirmed circumstances of the illness, bringing the overall variety of circumstances within the Republic to 228,796.
Of the brand new circumstances, 156 are in Dublin, 23 in Meath, 19 in Donegal, 15 in Louth and 14 in Kildare, with the remaining 198 circumstances unfold throughout 20 different counties.
The 14-day illness incidence is now 151 circumstances per 100,000 nationwide. Offaly has the very best county incidence, adopted by Longford. Leitrim has the bottom incidence.
The median age of circumstances is 32, and 74% are beneath 45.
The replica quantity, a measure of the variety of different individuals contaminated with a case, is between zero.eight and 1.1, in accordance with Professor Philip Nolan, chair of the Nphet's epidemiological modeling advisory group.
The variety of circumstances and different indicators of the illness are in a "interval of stasis," Professor Nolan mentioned.
The leveling off in numbers over the previous 10 days is clearly linked to a rise in mobility, congregation and social combine that started on the finish of final month, he mentioned.
The variety of sufferers hospitalized day by day can be static, at round 20-25 per day, as of the beginning of this month.
Professor Nolan mentioned there have been "clear and important" will increase in office attendance, with individuals spending much less time at dwelling.
He mentioned it wasn't clear what was going to occur. The circumstances are plateau at a excessive degree and the inhabitants stays at excessive danger.
Amongst age teams, the incidence is highest amongst 19-24 12 months olds and lowest amongst these over 65.
There was an extra enhance within the variety of circumstances involving variants of concern, in accordance with the presentation. There at the moment are 24 circumstances of B1351, first recognized in South Africa, up from 15. There are seven circumstances of the P1 variant first recognized in Brazil, up from six.
Some 11 circumstances of the B1525 variant beneath investigation, first recognized in New York Metropolis, have been discovered right here.
The briefing heard plenty of examples of current protracted outbreaks within the Midwest. In a single, six households had been affected attributable to mixing between households, leading to greater than 20 circumstances.
"That is what occurs when individuals go to one another for cups of tea, beer or a chat and should not protected," mentioned public well being physician Dr Mai Mannix.
One of many circumstances introduced the illness to their office, leading to 5 extra circumstances. A kind of circumstances introduced him dwelling the place the remainder of the family bought contaminated.
In a second instance, one case prompted 30 extra in a well being care setting. A kind of circumstances was introduced dwelling and unfold to household and different prolonged relations by a funeral.
In a 3rd case, involving 40 office circumstances, Dr Mannix mentioned there seemed to be a slippage, when workers gathered at smoking breaks, which inspired the broader unfold virus.
Thursday morning, 345 sufferers with Covid-19 had been hospitalized, together with 83 in intensive care unit. There have been 24 extra hospitalizations within the earlier 24 hours.
As of Monday, 620,580 vaccine doses had been administered in Eire: 455,182 first doses and 165,398 second doses.
Earlier Thursday, HSE chief government Paul Reid mentioned the discount within the variety of individuals hospitalized with Covid-19 had "stagnated".
As of Thursday morning there have been 345 individuals within the hospital – the identical quantity as per week in the past. Mr Reid mentioned the variety of individuals with Covid-19 final week was up 6% from the earlier week.
“The brakes have been on,” he mentioned, though the intensive care unit (ICU) numbers at 82 had been down 11% from final week.
Of the 7,048 circumstances final week, 26% of the circumstances had been in individuals aged 18 and beneath, 46% in individuals aged 19 to 44 and eight.6% in individuals over 65.
Mr Reid mentioned he anticipated 240,000 to 250,000 individuals over the age of 70 could be vaccinated by the tip of subsequent week.
Some 70,000 to 75,000 vaccines are attributable to be given subsequent week to individuals within the 75 to 79 12 months outdated cohort.
The rollout had been affected by the discontinuation of use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which on Thursday afternoon the European Medicines Company once more accepted to be used.
Talking forward of the EMA's announcement of the choice, Mr Reid mentioned the HSE will "reply promptly to any resolution made" relating to the protection of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The rollout of the vaccine in nursing properties has meant the variety of residents who examined constructive final week for Covid-19 was zero.21%, the bottom quantity since August eight.
The variety of outbreaks opened in nursing properties this month up to now has been 19 in comparison with 60 in February and 139 in January.
The variety of healthcare staff with Covid-19, which peaked at 1,000 within the January outbreak, fell to 14 final week, with many hospital teams reporting no infections amongst workers.