LATEST: No Kilkenny infections among 761 cases of virus as 18 further deaths confirmed
A further 18 people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 761 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.
For the third day in a row, no new cases were recorded in Kilkenny.
The overall death toll as a result of the virus has now reached 4,705. There have now been 236,600 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: 372 in Dublin, 55 in Meath, 43 in Cork, 40 in Kildare, 38 in Offaly and the remaining 213 cases are spread across 19 other counties, no cases were recorded in Kilkenny.
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The Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Ireland Dr Ronan Glynn and the Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland Dr Michael McBride have jointly appealed to the public across the island to continue to follow public health advice to ensure everyone can have a safe Easter.
In a joint statement released following a meeting this afternoon, Dr Glynn and Dr McBride in a statement said: “Easter is a time when, traditionally, many of us spend time with our families and loved ones.
“Unfortunately, this Easter, we still have a very dangerous, very transmissible virus, circulating in our communities that continues to spread and cause serious illness and, sadly, death.
“People in all corners of Ireland have continued to follow the public health advice by quietly taking all the appropriate actions to protect all of us from this disease. Most people are making a huge sacrifice and missing time with loved ones in order for us to stay on course with the public health guidance.
“We must ask that, once again, we work together to prevent a further wave of infection by celebrating this Easter safely. Please continue to stick with the public heath advice. Do not give this virus the opportunities it is seeking to spread,” the statement concluded.