The Department of Health has been notified of three further deaths and 1,283 additional cases of Covid-19.

It brings to 1,852 the total number of Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. The three deaths reported this evening occurred this month. 

There is now a total of 49,962 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

The number of confirmed cases in ICU has increased by three to 33, according to the latest figures. 

Of the cases notified today 408 are in Dublin, 156 in Cork, 88 in Kildare, 80 in Meath, 55 in Limerick and the remaining 496 cases are spread across 21 counties.

Women account for 651 cases, with 628 cases of the virus affecting men. 68% are under 45 years of age with the median age being 31, according to the figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

As of 2pm today, 277 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, of which 33 are in ICU. There have been 17 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Most of today's record 1,283 cases are from the last four days.

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In Northern Ireland, a further 1,012 individuals have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours and the virus has been linked to the deaths of five more people.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases there to 27,220 while the death toll stands at 615.

Some 7,090 new positive cases have been notified in the last seven days. There are 228 patients with Covid-19 being treated in hospitals in Northern Ireland with 30 in intensive care.


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Earlier, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said the Government will have to bring in more Covid-19 restrictions tomorrow and the action it takes will be "decisive and nationwide".

"It is clear now the virus is at such a level that a county by county approach is not sufficient. Level 3 has not worked in terms of getting the virus to where it needs to get to," he said.

The minister gave the clearest indication yet that the Cabinet is on course to increase Covid-19 restrictions to at least Level 4.