211 new Covid-19 cases, one further death 2 weeks ago

211 new Covid-19 cases, one further death

The latest figures have been revealed.

211 new Covid-19 cases have been confirmed, while one further death has sadly been recorded.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 to 30,571, with 1,781 deaths associated with the virus since the beginning of the pandemic.

121 of Friday's new cases are confirmed to be in Dublin, with 17 in Louth, 10 in Limerick, eight in Cork, seven in Westmeath, seven in Wicklow, six in Laois, five in Donegal, five in Galway, and the rest spread across 13 other counties.

73% of today's cases are found in people under the age of 45.

28% of them are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case, while 42 of the cases are believed to be from community transmission.

Ronan Glynn issued an appeal to the public: "This weekend, please limit your social contacts, especially visitors to your home. Avoid crowds, keep your distance from others and wear a face covering where appropriate."

Glynn said that the increase in cases in Dublin could be partly due to the "willingness of people to heed our core messages around knowing the symptoms and coming forward promptly for testing."

He said: "This together with all of the other key behaviours will help to break the chains of transmission in our communities".