The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has announced that 429 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported, including 60 new cases in Cork.
The Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Ronan Glynn said one further Covid-19 related death has also been reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), bringing the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 1,804.
Of the cases notified today, 189 cases are in Dublin, there are 60 in Cork, 31 in Donegal, 28 in Galway, 18 in Kildare, 15 in Wicklow, 15 in Clare, 12 in Limerick, 9 in Meath, 8 in Louth, 7 in Cavan, 7 in Longford, 6 in Laois, 5 in Offaly, 5 in Westmeath, with the remaining 14 cases in 8 counties.
65% are under 45 years of age, 45% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case and 77 cases have been identified as community transmission.
Speaking this evening, Dr Ronan Glynn, said: “This evening there are 130 people with Covid-19 in hospital – 15 in the last 24 hours. Recently we asked everyone to half their social contacts. Reducing the number of people that we meet - and engaging safely with a small core group - remains the cornerstone of our collective effort to reduce the spread of this virus and its impact on our health and the health of the people that we care about.”
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said the R number is now between 1.2 and 1.4.
“While we are cautiously optimistic about Dublin, we have seen relatively high case numbers in the last few days, and it will be a number of days yet before the pattern is clear. Case numbers are clearly rising across the country. We need to remain vigilant, to ensure we do not lose the ground that we have gained across the capital city since we moved to Level 3, and to ensure we do not see further deterioration outside the capital,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE appealed to people to take actions to protect others including healthcare workers.
“Community transmission represents the greatest threat to patients and staff in hospitals and residential care facilities. When you are making plans to meet friends and socialise this week, take a minute to consider our healthcare workers, who have been at the frontline since the beginning of the pandemic, in hospitals, in nursing homes and in our homes, caring for those who are ill and those who are the most vulnerable to this highly infectious virus.
“Every time you wear a facemask, wash your hands, cover your coughs and keep your distance, your actions are not only preventing the transmission of the virus, but you are also protecting older and vulnerable people and healthcare workers.”