The Department of Health has said that five more people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland.

It brings the overall death toll to 1,695.

The department said that it was informed of another 19 confirmed cases, bringing the total here to 25,231.

It said there were currently a total 102 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in hospitals, and of these, 29 cases are currently in intensive care.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: "The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again tomorrow to review Ireland's ongoing response and preparedness to Covid-19. 

"NPHET will also review updated World Health Organization guidance on face coverings and consider communications regarding appropriate use of face coverings in community settings."

The latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show that, as of midnight Monday 8 June,  57% of cases were female and 43% were male.

The median age of confirmed cases is 48 years.

The figures show that 3,321 cases (13%) have been hospitalised. Of those hospitalised, 411 cases have been admitted to intensive care.

Just over 8,000 cases were associated with healthcare workers. Dublin has the highest number of cases at 12,163 (48%).

Earlier, the Taoiseach said that efforts are being made to revise phases four and five of easing Covid-19 restrictions in order to have the country "almost fully open" by the middle of July.

This includes an earlier than planned reopening of hairdressers and beauty salons, which under the current plans are due to reopen on 20 July.

Leo Varadkar said that work should be done "probably this week".

However, he warned that this depended on the virus remaining under control and there was always a risk it "might make a comeback".

Speaking on RTÉ 2FM's Breakfast with Doireann and Eoghan show, Mr Varadkar expressed his condolences to the families of all those who have died from Covid-19.

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He said the last couple of days have been quite encouraging and only around 1% of the thousands of tests being carried out are coming back positive, "which gives us some reassurance that we're going in the right direction".

Mr Varadkar said it is possible that the worst of the pandemic is over, but "it is not over yet".

He said they want to get to a situation where the number of new cases every day is down to or close to zero and that new cases can be dealt with quickly.

Mr Varadkar said they do not want to lock down the whole country again and urged people to continue to follow the public health advice on social distancing, handwashing and self-isolating if you feel unwell.

He said that Ireland has been following European and World Health Organization guidelines on face masks.


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He said different authorities are giving different advice, but said the best evidence they have on masks comes from the Lancet, which comes down very strongly in favour of face masks in healthcare settings.

He said face masks can be beneficial in settings, such as public transport and crowded indoor spaces, where it is not possible to social distance, but they are not a "magic shield" or an alternative to other public health advice, such as social distancing and hand hygiene.

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He said there is a job of work to do in getting across the "dos and don'ts" of wearing masks to the general public because if worn incorrectly they are of no benefit.

"I'm forever seeing people being interviewed with the mask around their neck. That's exactly what you do not do," he said.

Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty, who is a member of the Dáil's Covid-19 committee, has called for a public information campaign on face coverings, similar to the campaign that was run in relation to hand hygiene.

Director of the National Virus Reference Lab, Dr Cillian De Gascun, has reiterated that face coverings should be worn when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Mr Varadkar also said that the flu vaccine will be offered to more people for free this year and a nasal spray version will be available for children, which has not been available in Ireland before.

He said efforts will be made to continue stockpiling Personal Protective Equipment and keeping extra bed capacity available.