LATEST: Kilkenny among 613 new Covid-19 cases, 35 further death confirmed nationally
A further 35 people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 613 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed.
The overall death toll as a result of the virus has now reached 4,271. There have now been 217,478 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: 224 in Dublin, 39 in Limerick, 37 in Meath, 34 in Westmeath, 33 in Offaly and the remaining 246 cases are spread across all other counties, five new cases were recorded in Kilkenny.
Commenting on today’s figures, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn said: “We are making good progress and can see that many of the key indicators of disease levels in our communities are continuing to fall.
“This progress is the reason we are able to reopen our schools in a cautious and phased basis.”
“However, we must remember that COVID-19 is still circulating at a high level and, we are still seeing positivity rates of around 15% in the community.
“As we see more of our children return to school next week, it is important that we continue to follow all of the public health guidance, including on the school run,” Dr Glynn concluded.