The Department of Health has been notified of 79 more cases of Covid-19, but there have been no further deaths.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 27,755, with the death toll at 1,776.

A breakdown of the new cases shows that 43 are in Dublin, nine in Kildare, six in Cork and six in Tipperary.

The remaining 15 cases are in Clare, Donegal, Laois, Limerick, Louth, Mayo, Roscommon, Wexford and Wicklow.

Figures from the HPSC show that 39 are men and 40 are women, with 73% of cases in people under 45 years of age.

It said 30 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case, while 21 cases have been identified as community transmission.

It comes as localised restrictions for Laois and Offaly have been lifted following a Cabinet decision.

However, the tighter rules remain in place in Kildare for a further two weeks following advice from NPHET.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said: "Firstly I would like to thank the people of Kildare, Laois and Offaly, you have shown an incredible example of solidarity and social responsibility by following the enhanced public health advice for your region. Your actions have saved lives.

"The epidemiological situation in Kildare means that we must extend the public health measures for a further two weeks. While there is some cause for optimism, the 7 and 14-day incidence rates in Kildare remain very high.

"Evidence suggests that the measures are working, but more time is required to reduce the number of cases in Kildare.

"We as a nation must show solidarity with Kildare in our collective efforts, especially over the next two weeks, by working together to suppress this virus.

"We can protect each other by following the public health advice. I am asking all households across Ireland to play your part, reduce your social contacts, wash your hands, keep a 2m distance from each other and wear a face covering in shops and on public transport.

"These actions are vital to protect our families and safeguard those who are most vulnerable to the disease."

There are 17 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in hospitals around the country, an increase of one from yesterday.

Six of those patients are in intensive care units. There are 90 patients in hospital with suspected coronavirus.


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The Chair of the National Public Health Emergency Team Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group said there is a sustained, high level of new cases being confirmed every day.

Professor Philip Nolan said that the pattern has changed from large outbreaks in specific settings to smaller outbreaks that are widely distributed.

He said the new restrictions announced on Tuesday were not about targeting any group or organisation, but were aimed at reducing congregation across all settings.

Prof Nolan urged people to continue to obey all public health guidelines to prevent the further spread of the disease.

In Northern Ireland, another 20 people have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the Department of Health, bringing the total to 6,576.

No further Covid-19 related deaths have been reported. The number of deaths in Northern Ireland remains at 559.

The World Health Organization says data to date suggests 80% of Covid-19 infections are mild or asymptomatic; 15% are severe infection, requiring oxygen and 5% are critical, requiring ventilation.

Generally, you need to be 15 minutes or more in the vicinity of an infected person and within two metres of them, to be considered at-risk, or a close contact.