Twenty-seven new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland, according to the Department of Health.

The majority of cases - 22 - are associated with local transmission.

Two cases were due to community transmission and three were associated with travel.

There are now 70 total confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Republic and 90 in total on the island of Ireland.

Three of the new cases are in intensive care units bringing the total number of patients in ICU to six.

Health officials have identified 9 "clusters" of the virus, which have between 2 and 6 cases in each one. 

At this evening's briefing, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said there have been no further deaths here due to the virus.

He that so far there are 5 cases of community transmissions. 

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn advised parents of young children to be aware of the risks of bringing children to people/grandparents over 65 especially those with underlying health conditions.

The Department of Health also confirmed that "some measures" announced today may have to remain in place beyond 29 March.

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