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Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Colin Keegan

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

There has been three additional deaths and 248 further cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, the Department of Health has confirmed.

This brings the death toll to 2,123, while there is now a total of 75,756 confirmed cases.

Of the cases notified today, 99 are in Dublin, 21 in Louth, 16 in Limerick,15 in Meath, 13 in Cavan and the remaining 83 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

The median age is 33 years old and 67pc are under 45 years of age.

Overall, 185 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, and 31 are in ICU.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Ireland currently has the lowest incidence in Europe and has protected against the significant mortality and severe illness that many European countries, as well as the United States, have experienced.

“Our younger generation led the way, with the incidence in the 19-24 year age group reduced from 432 per 100,000 population to 41 per 100,000 population. This is an enormous achievement.

“We all need to recognise how well our younger generation has reduced their contacts and helped to protect the whole population. We all now need to follow this example in the weeks ahead.

“We can do this by planning from now for Christmas to reduce our social contacts and limit our activities to those that are essential and most important to us.”

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