LATEST: Kilkenny among 2,944 new cases of virus as 13 further deaths confirmed
A further 13 people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 2,944 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.
It brings the overall death toll as a result of the virus to 2,608. There have now been 172,726 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: 1,065 cases are in Dublin, 306 in Cork, 181 in Galway, 180 in Kildare, 160 in Limerick with the remaining 1,052 cases are spread across all other counties, including 42 further infections in Kilkenny.
As of 2pm today, 1,928 Covid-19 patients are being treated in out hospitals, of which 195 are in ICU. There has been an extra 68 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, said: “The situation in our hospitals is stark. We are seeing people of all ages being admitted to hospital and being taken into intensive care units. The levels of infection are such that your chances of transmitting or getting COVID-19 are very high, and we know that a proportion of those cases will lead to serious illness and mortality. There is no group who should feel the public health advice does not apply to them. It is only if we act together that we can keep ourselves, our loved ones, and health and social care facilities safe.
“As we look forward to the week ahead, consider your choices and make the right ones. Do not go into work tomorrow if you can work from home. If you are an employer, facilitate remote working for your employees.”
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