LATEST: Four deaths and 442 more cases of virus as new restrictions on house visits for entire country loom
Four more people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 442 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.
It brings the overall death toll as a result of the virus to 1,806. There are now 36,597 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country.
The breakdown of the latest cases are: 170 cases are in Dublin, 47 in Cork, 28 in Donegal, 23 in Meath, 21 in Galway, 20 in Monaghan, 14 in Clare, 12 in Roscommon, 11 in Laois, 11 in Longford, 10 in Cavan, 10 in Limerick, 10 in Tipperary, 9 in Kildare, 8 in Wicklow, 5 in Louth and 5 in Wexford with the remaining 28 cases in nine other counties.
The new cases were confirmed as it emerged that NPHET has recommended that a maximum of six people from a single household should be allowed visit another home nationwide.
This rule currently applies in Dublin and Donegal, which are on Level 3 restrictions, but up until now six people from three households could visit another home in other counties.
NPHET has also recommended that no counties will see a change in their restrictions level this week. This means no other counties will be elevated to Level 3 from Level 2.
NPHET met earlier today to decide if recommendations for further restrictions are required amid concerns about the rising level of Covid cases in some counties.
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