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Covid latest 1,000 new Coronavirus cases and three further deaths as Dublin numbers continue to rise

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Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health during a briefing at the Department of Health in Dublin

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health during a briefing at the Department of Health in Dublin

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Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health during a briefing at the Department of Health in Dublin

There has been 1,000 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland and three further deaths, the Department of Health confirmed this evening.

There are now 47,427 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, while the death toll stands at 1,841.

Out of today's cases, 478 are men and 520 are women. A total of 71 percent are under 45 years of age and the median age of people who contracted the virus is 31 years old.

There were 254 cases in Dublin, 102 in Meath, 88 in Cork, 81 in Cavan, 75 in Galway and the remaining 400 cases are spread across 20 counties.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, said: “Case numbers are continuing to rise. Right now, we need everyone to cut their social contacts to an absolute minimum. Every time you physically interact with another person, you are providing an opportunity for the virus to spread.”

It comes after Nphet recommended nationwide level five restrictions for six weeks earlier today.

The new recommendation will be examined by senior civil servants before the Government makes a decision on whether or not to implement tighter restrictions.

Level five restrictions would mean the public would be advised not to travel further than 5km from their home, and no public gatherings other than small funerals or weddings would be permitted to take place.

Pubs and restaurants would only be allowed open to provide delivery or takeaway service.

Speaking outside Government Buildings, earlier today, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said he “wasn’t surprised” by Nphet's recommendation of another lockdown.

Mr Varadkar said: “As we know from the last lockdown when you get into it it can go on a lot longer than you think and it can be quite slow to get out of it again.

“The view I would hear some times from retailers and restaurateurs is ‘let’s lockdown now and we can reopen and have a normal Christmas’ but I would be loathe to make that promise,” he added.

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