Latest figures 1,276 new Coronavirus cases and 8 further deaths
There has been 1,276 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland and 8 further deaths, the Department of Health confirmed this evening.
There are now 48,678 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, while the death toll stands at 1,849.
Out of today's cases, 644 are men and 631 are women. A total of 69 percent are under 45 years of age and the median age of people who contracted the virus is 31-year-old .
There were 278 cases in Dublin, 149 in Cork, 108 in Meath, 107 in Galway, 80 in Wexford, and the remaining 554 cases are spread across 21 counties.
As of 2pm today 260 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which30 are in ICU. 12 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
It comes after Nphet recommended nationwide level five restrictions for six weeks earlier today.
The Cabinet are expected to meet to make a decision about Nphet's recommendation later this weekend.
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.
The Taoiseach met privately with the State’s two most senior health officials, Dr Tony Holohan, and the deputy chief medical officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, earlier today in government buildings.