Cases crisis Coronavirus Ireland: 13 deaths and 1,269 new cases of Covid-19 ahead of move to Level 5
A further 13 people have died and 1,269 new cases of Covid-19 were announced today ahead of Ireland's move to Level 5 restrictions.
It brings the total number of confirmed cases to 52,256 while the death toll stands at 1,865.
Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has resulted in the denotification of six confirmed cases resulting in the adjusted figure of 52,256.
Of the cases notified today;
- 657 are men / 609 are women
- 63% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 34 years old
- 221 in Meath, 203 in Dublin, 116 in Cork, 80 in Cavan and the remaining 649 cases are spread across all remaining counties.
As of 2pm today, 312 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, with 34 of these in ICU.
There were 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The country will officially move to Level 5 at midnight on Wednesday, with non-essential shops closing but schools and building sites remaining open.
The eviction ban will be reinstated and the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the Employee Wage Subsidy Scheme will be amended to assist those who will be out of work as a result of the restrictions.
People will be asked to remain at home however, they will be allowed exercise within a 5km radius of their homes.
There will be a penalty for movement outside 5km of home, with exemptions for essential work and essential purposes only.
Bars, cafes, restaurants and wet pubs may provide take-away and delivery services only. Wet pubs in Dublin will remain closed.
The Taoiseach said people living alone, single parents or those similarly at risk of social isolation would be allowed to pair with one other household as part of a “support bubble” to combat social isolation.
Addressing the nation in a sombre speech on Monday night, Mr Martin asked the country to "pull together" so we can "celebrate Christmas in a meaningful way."