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Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

There have been deaths and new cases of Covid-19, the Department of Health have confirmed this evening.

The total death toll since the outbreak began is now 1,979..

As of midnight yesterday, there has now been a total of 67,903 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the new cases reported, 186 are men and 190 are women..

A total of 63 percent of the new cases are in people under 45 years of age and they have a median age of 38 years old.

The cases included 124 in Dublin, 34 in Donegal, 23 in Louth, 19 in Cork, 19 in Limerick and the remaining 159 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

As of 2pm today, 249 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 5 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The average daily 5 day case count is rising and is now over 400 per day.

"This is a worrying development which has persisted for the last few days.

"We are seeing a number of things which concern us. There are examples of small numbers of people congregating for social purposes and simply ignoring the important public health messages. They are putting our collective progress at risk.

“We are also seeing number of outbreaks across the country. These include outbreaks in association with funerals.

"We understand that this is a difficult time for families but it is really important that we do everything we can to avoid the circumstances which promote transmission of the virus.

“There have also been outbreaks associated with workplace settings.

"As we head into a new working week, we need stay at home other than for essential reasons and for personal exercise within 5km. Anyone who can work from home, should work from home.”

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