The Department of Health has said it has been notified of 53 new cases of Covid-19.

There is now a total of 28,811 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ireland. No further deaths associated with the virus were reported.

The death toll from Covid-19 stands at 1,777.

Over past 14 days 1,511 cases were reported giving a 14-day incidence of 32 cases per 100,000. The median age is 31 and 72% of cases occurred in people under the age of 45 years.

Of those cases, 50% were in males and 50% in females. 122 or 8% in health care workers.

Dublin accounted for 624 or 41%, 209 or 14% were in Kildare, 132 or 9% were in Tipperary, 98 or 6% were in Limerick, 47 or 3% were in Wexford and the remaining 401 cases were spread over 20 counties.

There are 35 confirmed cases in hospitals and six people are being treated for Covid-19 in ICU.

Dr Glynn said the department was notified of 154 new clusters were in the week up until 29 August.

There are 392 open clusters nationally at present. There were 10 new clusters in workplaces reported in the week until 29 August.

107 cases are associated with workplace outbreaks, with 58 cases in meat processing plants.

He said there are 69 clusters in residential care facilities which remain open, of which 28 are in nursing homes.

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Meanwhile in Northern Ireland, another 58 people have tested positive for Covid-19.

The Department of Health said no new deaths were reported, leaving the total at 560.

A total of 3,767 people have been tested for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, with the total diagnosed with the virus now at 7,245.

Figures from the NI Department of Health show that 17 patients with Covid-19 are in hospital, with two in intensive care.

Following the decision to lift the remaining restrictions in Co Kildare from today, Dr Ronan Glynn thanked the people of Kildare, and in Laois and Offaly for their efforts.

"I can only imagine the impact it had on some businesses and communities in Kildare in particular. I want to thank the people of these counties for their willingness to buy into the measures and adhere to the guidelines over the last number of weeks."

Dr Glynn said the have learned from the restrictions in Kildare that the measures can work and bring a situation like in the three counties under control. 

In Dublin, he said they are keeping the situation "under review" and it is not surprising to see the cases going up as the population in the city is larger. 

Asked about the rapid rise in the incidence rate of new cases Dr Glynn said, "what pushed us forward was the nature of the clusters" but that there has been a "stablising" over the last week, he said.  

He said the recent big clusters were "explosive" and "rapid" but added that it was not surprising that the number of cases went up. 

Dr Glynn said delays in testing have been recognised and that lessons have been learned. 

Kildare still has the highest 14-day incidence at the moment at 94 but it is falling, Tipperary has 83 and Limerick has 50 per 100,000 of populaiton. 

Asked about the use of face visors, Dr Glynn said the official guidance is that visors are an acceptable alternative but they are not as effective as a face covering. 

Dr Glynn urged people to focus on the number of people at a gathering, six inside and 15 outside.

He said, "We hope we are seeing a stabilisation in numbers but we really want to see them drop off in next few days, so people need to stick with us and the guidelines."

In relation to the scenes in Killarney over the weekend, Dr Glynn said he understands people's anger, but he said "none of these scenes should detract from the reality that the vast majority of people are doing the right things".

Regarding an internal review of NPHET, Dr Glynn said, "I'm sure government will review NPHET's role. I'm not saying we get everything right, I'm not saying we haven't gotten things wrong. We are open to change. Much of the reason people give out is because things are in a state of flux, but that is because as the evidence changes, we change."

He said he believes NPHET will "continue to evolve based on the challenges we face".

Addressing the return of children to school, Dr Sumi Dunne urged parents not to send their children to school if they have developed a high temperature or a new cough.

She said, "Don't dose them with paracetamol or ibuprofen and send them to school."

Children will have persistent runny noses she said, "some which can be prolonged".

"If your child is otherwise well there is no reason that they can attend school or crèche."

She said she understands that parents will be worried, but she said, "GPs are here to give advice and there are robust trusted sources like the HSE. Don't hesitate."