The total number of confirmed Covid-19 infections to date in Ireland has passed 50,000 as the number of cases continues to soar.

The Department of Health has reported 1,031 further cases of coronavirus this evening, bringing the total to 50,993.

There have been no more deaths associated with the virus. The toll remains at 1,852.

The number of people being treated in intensive care units has risen one since yesterday evening to 34.

There are 298 coronavirus patients in hospital with 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Just one week ago the total number of people in hospital with Covid-19 was 216. It also compares with just 75 patients being treated for Covid-19 on the same date last month.

Of the cases notified today, 511 are men and 518 are women.

70% are under the age of 45 and the median age is 30.

235 of the cases are in Dublin, 232 in Cork, 60 in Galway, 47 in Limerick, 47 in Kerry, and the remaining 410 cases are spread across 21 counties.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: "If you have symptoms of Covid-19, if you are waiting for a test result or if you are a confirmed case, you must self-isolate for 10 days from when you first develop symptoms. Self-isolation means staying in your room, away from other members of your household.

"If you live in a house with a confirmed case do not go to work or school. You must stay at home and restrict your movements for 14 days."

Meanwhile the Cabinet is meeting this evening to finalise a plan to move the country to Level 5 restrictions until the end of November.

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The latest figures show the 14-day incidence rate of the disease is highest in Co Cavan at 824.4 cases per 100,000 people and lowest in Co Tipperary at 112.8 cases.

The second highest rate is in Co Meath with 490.1 cases.

The national average 14-day incidence rate is 261.7 per 100,000 people.

Dublin is below the national average at 232.3 cases.

16 counties including Cavan and Meath now have a higher incidence rate than Dublin.

The others are: Monaghan, Donegal, Sligo, Clare, Westmeath, Cork, Galway, Wexford, Kildare, Longford, Limerick, Kerry, Leitrim and Roscommon.

Earlier an additional 820 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Northern Ireland, as well as six further deaths related to the disease.

It brings the total number of deaths in the north to 621.

There have been 28,040 confirmed cases of the virus since the outbreak began, with 7,056 of those confirmed in the last seven days.