The Department of Health has been notified of three further Covid-related deaths and 1,000 new cases.

In a statement, the National Public Health Emergency Team said the number of people who are in intensive care with the virus is 30. This is a rise of one since yesterday.

The number of Covid-19-related deaths is now 1,841 while the total number of coronavirus cases is 47,427. This includes the denotification of two previously confirmed cases.

Of the cases notified today, 478 are men and 520 are women, while 71% are under 45 years of age and the median age is 31.

NPHET said that 254 of the new cases are in Dublin, 102 in Meath, 88 in Cork, 81 in Cavan, 75 in Galway and the remaining 400 cases are spread across 20 counties.

The 14-day incidence rate of coronavirus per 100,000 is highest in Cavan (735.1), Meath (402.5), Monaghan (368.2), Donegal (365.0) and Clare (308.9).

It is lowest in Tipperary (88.4), Wicklow (91.3), Waterford (109.3), Carlow (119.4) and Kilkenny (122.9).

Dublin has a rate of 198.6, in Cork it is 237.3, with Limerick at 208.8 and a rate of 228.6 in Galway.

The Chief Medical Officer has said that the number of Covid-19 cases are continuing to rise. 

Dr Tony Holohan said: "Right now, we need everyone to cut their social contacts to an absolute minimum. Every time you physically interact with another person, you are providing an opportunity for the virus to spread."

He also praised the "incredible work" public health doctors were doing across the country.

NPHET has advised the Government to move the entire country to Level 5 of the 'Living with Covid-19' plan. 

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that the Government will give the recommendation "very detailed consideration".

He will meet party leaders tomorrow, along with the Minister for Finance, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and the Minister for Health.

Mr Martin said that the coronavirus situation in Ireland is very serious and further action will be needed. He also said that his officials met the Chief Medical Officer and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer this morning.

Meanwhile, the HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer has said that the widespread uncontrolled community transmission of Covid-19 represents "the greatest threat to our healthcare services".

Dr Colm Henry said if we do nothing, it will lead to hospitalisations and intensive care admissions that no healthcare system could deal with.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne, Dr Henry also warned that it would also be difficult to keep schools open with the rate the virus is spreading.

In Northern Ireland, there have been 1,299 new Covid-19 cases and two further deaths.

Stricter restrictions to tackle the spread of the coronavirus came into force in Northern Ireland this evening.


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