BREAKING: 50 Covid-19 related deaths among 3,498 new cases of virus
There have been 50 Covid-19 related deaths recorded this evening, while 3,498 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed.
It brings the overall death toll as a result of the virus to 2,536. There have now been 166,548 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).
184 people are receiving intensive care treatment out of a total of 1,850 in hospital due to Covid-19.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan said there is no evidence the new strains of Covid-19 detected in Brazil have reached Ireland.
“New variants of COVID-19 have recently been identified in Brazil, and in travellers to Japan from Brazil. There is no evidence of these variants in Ireland.”
“Anyone who has travelled from Brazil in the last 14 days is advised to self-isolate for 14 days, from the date of arrival, and identify themselves, through a GP, for testing as soon as possible.”
“It is essential that anyone arriving from Brazil self-isolate for 14 days from the date of arrival before entering/re-entering the workplace. We are particularly appealing to employers to enable their employees to protect each other by staying at home for the full 14 days,” Dr Holohan concluded.
The breakdown of the latest cases is as follows: 1,182 are in Dublin, 421 in Cork, 258 in Limerick, 187 in Galway, 164 in Waterford, and the remaining 1,286 cases are spread across all other counties, including 41 further infections in Kilkenny.