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Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

The Department of Health has confirmed 270 new cases of Covid-19 and 16 additional deaths, with one under investigation.

There has now been a total of 1,963 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland, and 65,889 confirmed cases.

Of the deaths reported today, 14 occurred in November, one in October and one remains under investigation.

Of the cases notified today, 82 are in Dublin, 21 in Donegal, 18 in Roscommon, 17 in Limerick, 17 in Tipperary and the remaining 115 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

Some 123 are men and 147 are women.

The median age is 42 years old and 56pc are under 45 years of age.

As of 2pm today, 282 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 40 are in ICU.

Twenty-one additional hospitalisations have occurred in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said: “The significant improvement in the profile of the disease is encouraging: the 14-day incidence of 152 cases per 100,000 is down by 51pc compared to the previous two weeks.

“To maintain this positive trajectory, we need to remain vigilant to the highly infectious nature of this virus, which can easily spread from person to person through close contact and by social mixing.

"Our individual everyday choices to stay at home and keep our contacts to a minimum are vital to driving down the spread of Covid-19.”

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