LATEST: Kilkenny among 1,013 new cases of virus as 94 further deaths confirmed
A further 94 people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 1,013 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed.
The overall death toll as a result of the virus has now reached 3,512. There have now been 199,430 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: 337 in Dublin, 96 in Galway, 65 in Cork, 60 in Kildare, 48 in Louth and the remaining 407 cases are spread across all other counties, including 12 further infections in Kilkenny.
Commenting on today’s figures, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan said: “At the outset of this pandemic, as a global community we knew much less about COVID-19 than we do now.
“We did not know then that today we would have a portfolio of approved vaccines to mitigate the worst effects of COVID-19, adding to our toolkit of public health measures such as social distancing, reducing contacts, mask-wearing, cough/sneeze hygiene and washing our hands.
“Now more than ever, as we are continuing to see the tragic effects of the recent surge of COVID-19 infection in the form of mortality, hospitalisation and ICU admission, we should remember the public health advice that has carried us so far in this pandemic, and helped us to suppress COVID-19 together successfully in the past.
“It is the collective hard work and ongoing sacrifice of people across Ireland in following these public health measures that will keep us all safe at this time,” Dr Holohan concluded.