EIGHTY-FIVE new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed, with a total of 26,027 cases now in Ireland.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has also been informed that one patient diagnosed with the infectious disease has died. There has now been a total of 1,763 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.
Of the 85 new cases notified, 53 cases are men and 32 are women with a total of 68% under 45 years of age.
Twenty-six cases are located in Kildare, 18 in Dublin, 11 in Clare, nine in Laois, seven in Limerick, four in Meath and the remainder are spread across seven other counties.
39% of today’s cases are associated with close contacts of a confirmed case and half are associated with outbreaks The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.
Acting Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health Dr Ronan Glynn said today’s figures demonstrate how quickly COVID-19 can remerge in our country.
“We are now at a crucial point in our response to COVID-19. Over the coming days, it is vital that everyone continues to avoid large crowds, physically distance, wear face coverings where appropriate and wash hands regularly.
“COVID-19 is extremely infectious and no one is immune. Follow public health advice and stay vigilant.”