68 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed 3 months ago

68 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

There have been no deaths linked to Covid-19 in Ireland since yesterday.

The NPHET confirmed at this evening's briefing that Ireland's death toll from the virus remains static at 1,772.

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Additionally, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been notified of 68 further confirmed cases. There has now been a total of 26,712 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland since the outset of the crisis.

41 of today's cases are associated with the recent outbreaks that have forced lockdowns in Laois, Offaly and Kildare - or from close contact with a known case. Two are confirmed as community transmission.

Of the 68 cases: 19 are located in Kildare, 17 in Dublin, 15 in Offaly, 12 in Laois and 5 in Donegal.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "We continue to see cases linked to the outbreaks in counties where additional public health measures have been introduced. This was expected and we will continue to monitor closely.

"From tomorrow face coverings will be mandatory in retail and other indoor settings like hairdressers, cinemas and museums. We know that most people are already wearing face coverings and we hope to see even greater uptake over the coming days.

"Time and again people have shown their willingness to follow public health guidance in the interest of protecting each other from this disease. Wearing a face covering is just one more way in which people can demonstrate their solidarity with one another as we seek to suppress the spread of COVID-19."