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Grim landmarks reached in Covid-19 death toll

Ireland's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tony Holohan, at the Covid-19 daily breieing in Dublin. RollingNews.ie photo.

By Irish Echo Staff

The United States has reached and passed the figure of 70,000 deaths from Covid-19 as of today, Tuesday, May 5.

That is the highest death toll among all the world's nations.

In Ireland, a further 23 people have died from Covid-19, the Department of Health has confirmed.

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A further 211 cases of Covid-19 have also been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in the Republic to 21,983.

The overall death toll from the virus in the Republic of Ireland now stands at 1,339.

The total of deaths in the North is 404, though the North is included with a UK total that has now passed 30,000, giving the UK the dubious distinction of having the highest mortality rate in Europe - and that means being ahead of even Italy which was the early days epicenter of Covid-19 fatalities.