THE Department of Health has announced 302 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland this evening, bringing the total number of cases to 2,121.
The latest figures were released by the Department of Health tonight (Friday) and show an additional three patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died: one person in the north-west of the country and two females in the east.
It brings to 22 the number of COVID-19 related deaths here.
Tonight's total of 302 confirmed cases continues the upwards trend; there were 255 cases on Thursday and 235 on Wednesday.
Data released by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) show that 79 clusters involving 317 cases have been identified.
The figures show the number of cases in Cork increased by 17 in 24 hours, with 171 cases identified in Cork on Wednesday, up from 154 on Tuesday. A total of 133 cases had been confirmed in Cork on Monday.
Dublin had the highest number of cases at 922, (56% of all cases) while Cork accounted for 10 per cent of cases.
Of 1,639 cases reported by Wednesday, 375 cases (23%) are associated with healthcare workers. Some 419 people (26%) have been hospitalised and 59 indiviudals have been admitted to ICU.
The median age of confirmed cases is 46 years.
Of those for whom transmission status is known; community transmission accounts for 52%, close contact accounts for 22%, travel abroad accounts for 26%.