16 more people have died, and 370 more cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland.
It brings to 174 deaths, and 5,364 the total number of diagnosed cases of Coronavirus in Ireland.
There are now 362 confirmed cases in Cork, making up 7% of the overall figure, while Dublin has the highest number of cases with 2,692 or 55%.
Of the 174 deaths confirmed in Ireland, 132 of those, or 76% were in hospitals, with 20 or 12% in ICU.
73% of patients who died have been confirmed to have an underlying illness.
The median age of those who died was 81.
Of the 4,916 cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland up to Saturday at midnight, the median age of those infected was 49.
46% are male and 54% are female, with 260 clusters involving 989 cases 1,263 cases or 26% are associated with healthcare workers.
Research conducted on behalf of the Department of Health, a nationally representative online survey of 1,270 adults conducted today, and which will be conducted twice weekly, reveals:
· The percentage of people stockpiling has reduced from a peak of 43% in mid-March to 20% today
· 86% of people believe that current government restrictions are “about right”
· 67% are interacting with family and friends over the phone
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Our research shows overall level of worry remains high at 7 out of 10 but has not increased significantly since the middle of March, despite the introduction of more restrictive measures."
Dr. Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer HSE, said; “Our Healthcare system has been preparing for a surge in COVID-19 cases but it is important to remind people that our hospitals continue to carry out all emergency and essential activity.” Asked about limited testing, Dr Holohan said they’re testing as many people as they can but have to prioritise in certain areas.
He has also appealed to people to adhere to the public health guidelines this weekend, as the weather improves.
“We want people to adhere to the public health advice we've issued. That includes travel,” he said.
He asked for people to stay within the 2km radius from their homes and if people have second homes, don’t travel to them.
Asked about the extension of restrictions, Dr Holohan said he will be as open and honest as possible with people throughout the week so that the official decision on Friday isn’t a surprise to people.
Meanwhile, it was confirmed today that seven more people have died in the North from Covid-19.
The total number of deaths in Northern Ireland now stands at 70.