25 more people have lost their lives to coronavirus in Ireland

480 more confirmed cases in Republic of Ireland today

Jessica Thompson

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In the past 24 hours, 25 more people in Ireland have lost their lives to coronavirus, the National Public Health Emergency Team has revealed. 

Among those deaths were 11 females and 14 males. 16 were reported as having underlying health conditions.

These latest figures bring Ireland's death toll to 297.

Yesterday, Ireland hit a record number of 500 new confirmed cases of Covid-19. Today that number stands at 480, bringing the country's total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 7,054.

Including test results which have been sent to Germany for testing (which are from older cases) the total figure of those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland now stands at 8,089.

Earlier today, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that the country's sacrifices have made a difference and that the virus has slowed. However, he said, we cannot be complacent and "we have to keep going; we need to persevere".

The restrictions set two weeks ago were set to expire on Sunday, April 12, but the government has extended those restrictions for a further three weeks, with the hope of lifting them on Tuesday, May 5.

Read more here: Taoiseach confirms extension to Covid-19 lockdown in Ireland

Also announced today were plans to postpone the Leaving Certificate exams to July or August and to cancel Junior Certificate exams and replace them with Junior Cycle tests which will take place in classrooms.

Read more here: Leaving Cert postponed and Junior Cert exams cancelled amidst Covid-19 crisis