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Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

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Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

There has been one further death and 395 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, the Department of Health has confirmed.

The death toll now stands at 1,965 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland, while there is now a total of 66,632 confirmed cases.

Of the cases notified today, 132 are in Dublin, 31 in Cork, 27 in Donegal, 27 in Limerick, 27 in Galway and the remaining 151 cases are spread across 18 other counties.

The median age is 35 years old, and 65pc are under 45 years of age.

As of 2pm today, 279 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 39 are in ICU. There has been 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said: “Not every part of the country has experienced the same reductions in disease incidence.

"For example, Donegal’s 14-day incidence is at 281 per 100,000, compared to the national average of 135 per 100,000.

“The country as a whole can succeed in suppressing this disease to low levels in the coming weeks. We have achieved a great deal of suppression over the Level 5 period, the coming weeks offer us an opportunity to drive transmission down further.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the National Public Health and Emergency Team (Nphet) Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: “We estimate the reproduction number is now at 0.6.

"Data suggests that Level 3 measures stabilized case numbers, while Level 5 measures were required to suppress transmission, especially when infection rates are high. If we sustain our efforts we can force infection down to very low levels.”

Dr Vida Hamilton, National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead, Acute Hospitals, HSE, said “We are seeing an increase in Emergency Department attendance, which is a positive indication that the public are continuing to access both covid and non-covid healthcare.

"Our hospitals are busy as they continue to implement important infection prevention control protocols and our healthcare workers are grateful for public understanding and support for these safety measures.”

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