There have been 363 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, bringing the overall number of cases in Ireland to 35,740.

One more person has died from Covid-19, bringing the overall death toll to 1,803.

Of today's cases, 154 are in Dublin, 40 are in Cork and 23 are in Donegal.

The remaining breakdown of cases is: 16 in Wexford, 15 in Roscommon, 14 in Galway, 14 in Monaghan, 11 in Kildare, 11 in Meath, 11 in Wicklow, nine in Limerick, six in Clare, five in Mayo, five in Tipperary, with the other 29 cases in nine counties.

Of the cases notified today, 172 are men and 191 are women and 64% are under 45 years of age.

Meanwhile, the latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show there are 117 people with Covid-19 in hospital this evening, while the number of people in intensive care has increased to 18. 

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said: "Public buy-in and willingness to adhere to public health guidance remains the frontline of our defence against the spread of Covid-19.

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"The vast majority of people continue to take the necessary steps in their everyday activities to protect themselves and others.

"If you start to experience symptoms, stay at home and contact your GP to assess your need for a Covid-19 test as soon as possible."

Dr Glynn and the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly will appear before the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 Response tomorrow. 

Two other members of the National Public Health Emergency Team, Dr Cillian De Gascun and Professor Philip Nolan will also attend the meeting. 

There has been a new record figure for daily coronavirus cases in Northern Ireland, with 320 positive tests during the past 24 hours.

It brings the total number of Covid-19 infections to 11,269, including 1,702 notified within the last seven days.

There were no further deaths recorded, leaving the number of deaths at 578.

Earlier today, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly had said the Government would not be discussing further restrictions or extending Level 3 to other counties at today's Cabinet meeting.

He said National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) will meet later this week and the Government will consider its advice when it comes.


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Dr Michael Power, a member of NPHET and a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Beaumount Hospital in Dublin, said Covid-19 was unpredictable, unforgiving and unrelenting.

It can target all ages and should not be underestimated, he said.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Dr Power said it was understandable that students and young adults would congregate and mix, but that this was a culture medium for the virus and gives it an opportunity to spread.

Dr Power reiterated that public health guidelines must be followed, adding that  "just being in the open air is not protective".

He said although the average age for Covid-19 admissions is 59, it is an indiscriminate virus "in its selection of a patient to affect in a very severe way".

Dr Power said he does not believe there is any decision across the board to stop scheduled care.

He said it was important that this scheduled care continues because it has an impact on patients in terms of their outcomes and quality of life.

Dr Power added that the two capacities, dealing with Covid-19 and keeping scheduled care on track, must be developed and strengthened side by side.