LATEST: Kilkenny among 2,488 new cases of virus as 61 further deaths confirmed
A further 61 people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 2,488 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed.
It brings the overall death toll as a result of the virus to 2,768. There have now been 179,324 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).
The breakdown of the latest cases is as follows: 726 are in Dublin, 314 in Cork, 148 in Galway, 133 in Limerick, 130 in Meath with the remaining 1,037 cases spread across all other counties, including 31 further infections in Kilkenny.
The amount of people in ICU has increased again now up to 210 patients, while 1,923 Covid patients are currently in our hospitals, down slightly from yesterday’s numbers.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, said: “The number of cases and deaths that we are reporting today and the persisting high incidence rate of Covid-19 across the country shows that we cannot underestimate the highly infectious nature of this disease and the impact that it can have on families and communities.
“The virus spreads through close contacts, through the congregation of people. We need everyone to stay at home as much as possible, and to work from home, where possible.”