Deaths from the new coronavirus disease has passed the 4,000 mark after 57 further deaths were reported on Wednesday evening in the Irish Republic.
Some 34 of these latest deaths occurred in February, 21 in January, one in December and one in November, the National Public Health Emergency Team, reported, the Irish Times said.
The average age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 52-99 years.
It brings to 4,036 the total number of coronavirus disease deaths in the pandemic.
It took about six weeks for the first 1,000 deaths in the pandemic to occur, seven months for the second 1,000, and 10 weeks for the third.
Nphet also reported 650 new confirmed infections, bringing the tally to 211,751.
Of the new patients, 325 are males and 323 females. Some 65 percent are under 45 years of age.
A total of 192 of the new patients are in Dublin, 53 in Galway, 50 in Meath, 46 in Kildare, 46 in Cork and the remaining 263 cases are spread across 19 other counties.
The 14-day incidence rate is now 261.7 patients per 100,000 people nationally. The highest rate is in Monaghan at 449.6 cases per 100,000 followed by Offaly at 375.8 and Dublin at 350.9.
As of 8:00am on Wednesday, there were 831 patients in hospital, of which 154 are in ICU. An additional 49 people were hospitalized with the virus in the past 24 hours.-Photo: Irish Times