LATEST: Kilkenny among 417 new cases of virus as seven further deaths confirmed
A further seven people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 417 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.
The overall death toll as a result of the virus has now reached 4,915. There have now been 251,087 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: 167 in Dublin, 39 in Cork, 32 in Donegal, 29 in Kildare, 22 in Meath and the remaining 129 cases are spread across 20 other counties, less than five cases were recorded in Kilkenny.
Commenting on today’s figures, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan said: “As we look forward to the greater reopening of activities and services, our key objective now is to maintain our course in coming weeks and follow the public health advice in our daily activities.
“When you are planning to meet someone, remember that outdoors is safer for everybody. And when you meet up, stay at a 2m distance, keep to a small group and avoid crowded areas – this will minimise the risk of passing the virus from person to person, driving down the incidence rate and keeping our society open.
“Throughout this pandemic we have seen outbreaks and clusters of disease as a result of social events such as funerals, wakes and birthday parties.
“Unfortunately we need to continue to stay vigilant to the infectious nature of this disease and avoid congregating together in large groups.
“We need all sectors of society to continue to encourage and support the public health messages and to help everyone to stay safe,” Dr Holohan concluded.