Health officials have confirmed 814 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, and unfortunately two more deaths.
This brings the total number of cases in the country since the start of the epidemic to 42,528.
The total number of virus deaths in Ireland now stands at 1826.
- 432 men / 381 women
- 70% are under the age of 45
- Average age is 32 years
- 226 in Dublin, 77 in Cork, 64 in Galway, 56 in Donegal, 48 in Meath and the remaining 343 cases are scattered across all the remaining counties.
As of 2 p.m. today, 204 Covid-19 patients have been hospitalized, of whom 30 are in the intensive care unit. There were 16 additional hospitalizations in the past 24 hours.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “It is imperative that all residents consistently apply public health advice in their daily lives. Keep your social contacts to a minimum and maintain physical distance when you need to go outside your home. .
“22 out of 26 provinces have 7-day incidence rates as a percentage of 14-day incidence rates above 50%. This indicates the rapidly increasing growth rates across the country.”
Taoiseach Michael Martin said today that Level 3 could work to lower the number of infections if people follow the rules.
He said: “At midnight last Tuesday, the government moved the country to Level 3 of the Covid-19 Coexistence Plan. Level 3 implies a greater level of restrictions on people and society – particularly on our hospitality sector.
Coupled with stronger compliance measures.
“If we all change our behaviors and act together, we can make Level 3 work, protect lives and livelihoods, and demonstrate our ability to contain the virus and prevent its growth.
“The reopening of our schools has shown what can be done with a team effort and compliance with safety guidelines and reasonable measures.
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“As a result, the mental, educational and physical well-being of our nation’s children has been protected and promoted. Keeping our schools open remains a key priority for the government – to ensure that young people’s chances of life are not impaired.