The Department of Health has confirmed 196 new cases of coronavirus and has reported no further deaths.

This brings the total number of cases here to 30,360 with 1,781 deaths.

Of the cases notified today, 107 are in Dublin. Earlier today, RTÉ News that the National Public Health Emergency Team is recommending new restrictions in the capital.

The remaining cases include 12 in Waterford, 11 in Limerick, eight in Wicklow, seven in Meath, seven in Kildare, six in Laois and six in Westmeath.

The other 32 cases located in Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Tipperary and Wexford.

At least 37 cases have been identified as community transmission with 43% associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn noted: "27 of today's cases are over the age of 65 years and at least 37 cases are linked with community transmission.

"By limiting our contacts, we limit the opportunity Covid-19 has to spread through the community and ultimately we protect our families, our communities and those who are most vulnerable to the severest impacts of the disease."

Among the latest cases, 61% are people under 45 years of age. They include 103 men and 91 women. 

Also today, it was revealed that five different levels of Covid-19 restrictions are being introduced under new plans being finalised by the Government.

In Northern Ireland, there has been one further coronavirus death taking the death toll to 568 and 78 new cases with the total Covid-19 case count now at 8,035. 

800 people over the age of 85 have died from coronavirus

Meanwhile, 800 people over the age of 85 have now died from Covid-19 in Ireland according to the latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.  

This includes two of the deaths announced by the Department of Health earlier this week. To date, the over-85 age group has accounted for 45% of all Covid-19 related deaths. 

The HPSC data also suggests that a third person who died from Covid-19 this week was aged between 55 and 64 years old. It also indicates that there were underlying health conditions in all three cases. 

Two out the three people who died had been hospitalised with one admitted to intensive care. The third person had not been admitted to hospital and died elsewhere.

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People over the age of 65 account for 93% of all Covid-19 deaths to date with those aged over 75 accounting for 79% of the total. 

There has been an additional 89 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among people aged over 75 years in the past 14 days.

HSPC data also reveals that 95% of individuals who died with confirmed Covid-19 infections so far also suffered from known underlying health conditions.  

The most common underlying condition was Chronic Heart Disease, followed by Chronic Neurological diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. These were followed by Chronic Respiratory Disease, Hypertension, Cancer/malignancy, and Diabetes.

No underlying health conditions were reported in only 2% of confirmed Covid-19 deaths - accounting for 30 people.

There has been one new Covid-19 admission to hospital and four discharges over the past 24 hours.

This leaves the total number of Covid-19 patients in hospital at 48, with 6 of these patients being treated in Intensive Care Units.

Additional reporting: George Lee