The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has this evening confirmed 211 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported while one person with Covid-19 has died.
It brings the number of cases of Covid-19 identified in Ireland since the beginning of the outbreak to 30,571.
A total of 1,781 Covid-19 related deaths have now been reported.
Of today’s cases, 121 are in Dublin, with 17 in Louth, 10 in Limerick, 8 in Cork, 7 in Westmeath, 7 in Wicklow, 6 in Laois, 5 in Donegal, 5 in Galway, and the remaining 24 cases are in Carlow, Clare, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Meath, Offaly, Roscommon, Tipperary, and Waterford.
Forty-two cases have been identified as community transmission while 28 per cent are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case.
Almost three-quarters of the cases (73%) are aged under 45 years of age.
This evening Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, appealed to people to reduce their social contacts over the weekend.
“While we are seeing a continued increase in cases, particularly in Dublin, this is at least partly due to the willingness of people to heed our core messages around knowing the symptoms and coming forward promptly for testing. This together with all of the other key behaviours will help to break the chains of transmission in our communities.
“This weekend, please limit your social contacts, especially visitors to your home. Avoid crowds, keep your distance from others and wear a face covering where appropriate.”
According to the latest available data, 1,667 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Cork since the beginning of the pandemic, with 47 cases reported here in the 14 days up to September 8th.