The Department of Health has said that 37 more people have died after being diagnosed with Covid-19. It brings the total number of deaths here to 1,375.

Of those who have died, 550 were in a hospital environment (40%), 66 were in ICU (4.8%).  

1,176 or 85.5% had an underlying health condition.

A further 265 cases of the virus have also been diagnosed, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 22,248.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said there have been a total of 373 people admitted to ICU, 86 patients are currently in intensive care and there were two new admissions to ICU up to 11am.

The median age of all confirmed cases is 49.

So far, 2,878 people have been hospitalised with the virus and 6,393 of the confirmed cases are associated with healthcare workers.

As of Monday night, Dr Holohan said there were 5,370 cases of Covid-19 in residential care settings, 4,268 of those are in nursing homes.

He added that there have been a total of 857 deaths in residential care settings with 740 of those relating to residents of nursing homes.

The Chief Medical Officer said in the first 21,929 of those diagnosed with Covid-19, 71.6% or 17,110 had recovered in the community and 1,399 people had been discharged from hospital.

Dr Holohan said: "The World Health Organization has advised that a likely future scenario in the dynamic of Covid-19 is recurring epidemic waves interspersed with periods of low-level transmission.

"This means that when Ireland eases social distancing restrictions, we may have periods of time when the numbers of people infected increases significantly."

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Of those admitted to intensive care, Dr Holohan said 165 patients had a chronic heart disease and 76 had a chronic respiratory disease.

In relation to the issue of immunity, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn said there isn't strong enough evidence to say that if you've had the virus, you're definitely immune from future infection.

Dr Glynn said that up to midnight on Saturday, there were no new clusters in direct provision centres.  He said there are currently a total of 9 clusters, with 88 cases, of which 10 have been hospitalised.

Dr Tony Holohan said National Public Health Emergency Team would provide further information to the Department of Education and other officials in relation to the Leaving Certificate examination if it's required, however he said the relevant authorities are currently discussing how best to run these exams in line with the public health advice.

He also appealed to hairdressers to refrain from offering services before they're allowed to do so.

He said hairdressing was identified as a service that should open at a later stage because it involves the close contact of individuals and increases the risk of the transmission of infection.

He appealed to the employers to remember those risks and the importance of protecting the health and the well being of employees and he also appealed to those who might seek out this service that by doing so, it's introducing a potential risk at an earlier stage than he and his colleagues think is safe.

In relation to those cocooning or medically vulnerable groups, he said the advice to them will be more restrictive and will recommend greater care even as the measures ease for others.

He said the advice is still to stay at home, to avail of brief periods of exercise within a 5km zone of where they live but that they don't visit shops, that they don't come into contact with other people, that they don't touch surfaces including park equipment where you could have contamination and spread of the virus and that they wash their hands when they return home.

In relation to the change in clinical criteria for testing, Dr Holohan said it has led to an increase in the number of people referred for testing but not significantly beyond the capacity of the HSE's testing system.

He said he thinks the change in the prioritisation criteria will happen in a way that won't challenge the capacity of the HSE testing system.

He said an organisation called GP Buddy, a group of 200 GPs are monitoring the impact of the numbers of people presenting for tests.

During this evening's briefing, a member of the public attempted to raise the case of the death of a teenager in the west of the country. Dr Holohan said he could not discuss details of an individual case.