The Health Service Executive has reported a further small reduction in the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in hospitals.
There were 172 patients with the disease in hospital last night, down seven on earlier in the day.
The majority of acute hospitals are now dealing with fewer than ten cases each, while the number of patients in intensive care also remains stable at 47.
The five-day moving average of cases reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team is now 380, down on the average of 396 cases a day a week ago.
The reducing trends will be important as the Government considers the further lifting of restrictions, with outdoor sports facilities, such as pitches, golf and tennis courts, able to reopen from Monday.
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Outdoor visitor attractions can also reopen with capacity limits in place.
Attendance at funerals will increase to 25, but the Government has said gatherings should not take place before or after funeral services.
Yesterday, the Department of Health was notified of a further 11 Covid-19 related deaths and an additional 390 cases.
There has been a total of 4,847 Covid-19 related deaths and 244,297 cases of the virus here.
Up to 18 April, 1,205,252 vaccines had been administered with over 852,000 people having received their first dose of the vaccine.
Separately, the Department of Health has confirmed that Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has returned to work.
He was on leave since the death of this wife in February.

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