LATEST: Kilkenny among 606 new cases of virus as three further deaths confirmed
A further three people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 606 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.
There has been a jump in the number of cases recorded in Kilkenny, with 10 further infections reported. This is the first time in more than a week the figures have not been less than five.
The overall death toll as a result of the virus has now reached 4,631. There have now been 232,758 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: 249 are in Dublin, 57 in Donegal, 39 in Kildare, 32 in Meath, 31 in Louth with the remaining 198 cases are spread across all other counties.
Commenting on today’s figures, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn said: “The vast majority of people are making a huge sacrifice and missing time with loved ones in order for us to stay on course with the public health guidance.
“However, we know that in the week ending March 14th, approximately one-in-ten people visited another household for social reasons, with most of these visits involving time spent indoors.
“While this clearly demonstrates that the vast majority of people are sticking with the public health guidance, it does represent a significant change versus January when just one in 20 people were visiting other homes for social reasons.
“Please continue to stick with the public heath advice and avoid visiting other homes at this time – do not give this virus the opportunities it is seeking to spread,” Dr Glynn concluded.