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Covid crisis Coronavirus: Five deaths and 617 new cases of Covid-19 announced today

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Social distancing signs in Phoenix Park, Dublin (Aine McMahon/PA)

Social distancing signs in Phoenix Park, Dublin (Aine McMahon/PA)

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Social distancing signs in Phoenix Park, Dublin (Aine McMahon/PA)

A further five people have died and 617 new cases of Covid-19 were announced this evening.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases to 40,703 and the total number of deaths to 1,821 .

Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has led to the denotification of one death, resulting in the adjusted figure of 1,821.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “The profile of the disease continues to deteriorate. There have been an additional 32 hospitalisations and 8 ICU admissions in the past 24 hours. We are continuing to see a high number of daily cases.

"It is vital that we interrupt the transmission of the virus now.

“Nphet continues to monitor the situation however it is early, individual action that is needed to suppress the virus. Please follow public health advice and do your part to make an impact on the disease.”

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Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

Meanwhile, HSE chief executive Paul Reid said people need to respond to upward trends in cases by limiting their social contacts in a bid to supress the virus.

More than 19,000 tests for Covid-19 were carried out on Thursday, the highest number in a single day since the pandemic began.

“If anybody’s looking at the trends and the numbers coming through right now, it’s quite serious,” Mr Reid told Newstalk Breakfast on Friday.

“We had over 19,500 tests completed yesterday which is a record from any time we’ve ever been doing anything.

“That’s the volume we’re at, the trend we’re seeing and that’s the concern.

“People need to now take a radical look at everything we’re doing.

“I really mean it.

“That means just don’t meet people you don’t need to meet in the next two weeks.

“It’s that simple.”

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