COVID-19 LATEST: 500 new cases confirmed, 28 more die, but thousands still take to the roads despite warnings
500 new cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed this evening as the coronavirus claimed the lives of 28 more people.
This is the highest number of new cases confirmed by the Department of Health since the start of the emergency.
It brings the total number of cases here to 6,574, while the death toll now stands at 263.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Simon Harris earlier said he expects to be advised tomorrow to keep the significant restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus in place for a period of weeks.
He was speaking after pictures and videos emerged of long tailbacks on the N11 despite repeated warning and appeals for people to remain at home over the East Bank Holiday weekend.
An infectious diseases consultant spoke out on radio earlier, saying it is “absolutely ridiculous” that people are even considering leaving their main residence to go to a holiday home this weekend.
Prof Paddy Mallon, who works at St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin, said we are at a critical stage in the country in how we manage the Covid-19 pandemic and this weekend is “make or break”.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, he described the decision to travel as “madness” and said he hopes the authorities come down “very heavily” on people who ignore the advice and put their countrymen in danger by travelling from an area where there is a lot of cases to an area where there is a low number of cases and poorer health infrastructure.