LATEST: 425 new cases of virus as four further deaths confirmed
A further four people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 425 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.
The overall death toll as a result of the virus has now reached 4,941. There have now been 254,870 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 not available due to the HSE ransomware attack.
Commenting on today’s figures, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan said: “Many of us have fond memories of our time in school, particularly the traditional celebrations that mark the formal end of in-school learning like graduation ceremonies for sixth-year students.
“I am aware that this is an important time in the lives of young adults as they take a break from studying for an evening to celebrate with friends.
“Unfortunately, this year, it is not possible for events of this nature to take place. It is very important that all students preparing to sit state exams in June take the necessary precautions now to ensure you do not contract COVID-19, particularly in the last remaining days before the commencement of the Leaving Cert.
“Do not attend graduation ceremonies or events. Take this time to restrict your social contacts and continue to follow the public health advice,” Dr Holohan concluded.