Ireland surpasses 50,000 cases of Covid-19; latest figures show more than 200 new cases in Cork 

Ireland surpasses 50,000 cases of Covid-19; latest figures show more than 200 new cases in Cork 

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health.

Over 50,000 people in Ireland have now been diagnosed with Covid-19, the latest figures from the Department of Health show.

As of midnight last night, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been notified of 1,031 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 50,993.

There have been no additional Covid-19 related deaths today.

Of the new cases, 235 are in Dublin, 232 in Cork, 60 in Galway, 47 in Limerick, 47 in Kerry, and the remaining 410 cases are spread across 21 counties.

There have been 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours, with 298 Covid-19 patients in hospitals as of 2pm today, of which 34 are in ICU. 

Over the past 14 days in Cork, 1,674 new cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed. 

Commenting today, Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health urged people to isolate if they have symptoms of the virus, are awaiting the results of a test, or if they are a confirmed case, to self-isolate. 

"If you have symptoms of Covid-19, if you are waiting for a test result or if you are a confirmed case, you must self-isolate for 10 days from when you first develop symptoms. 

"Self-isolation means staying in your room, away from other members of your household.

"If you live in a house with a confirmed case do not go to work or school. 

"You must stay at home and restrict your movements for 14 days," he said. 

So far there have been 1,852 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. 

The announcement of a decision to implement tighter restrictions is expected tonight.

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