46 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland
There have been no new deaths due to Covid-19 in Ireland.
This evening, the National Public Health Emergency Team confirmed that once again no new deaths due to Covid-19 had been reported. There has now been just one death in the past nine days.
However, 46 new cases of the virus have been diagnosed and reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. Ireland's total number of cases now stands at 26,208.
Of the cases notified today, 85% are under the age of 45. 32 cases are associated with or close contacts with a confirmed case.
A disproportionate number are in Kildare (15), 8 in Laois, 7 in Clare, and 5 in Offaly. The other 11 are spread across nine counties.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "The vast majority of young people in Ireland have followed public health advice and have made very significant sacrifices to protect themselves and others.
"People of all ages will occasionally slip up as they learn to live safely with this virus. We should not seek to attribute blame, but rather continue to encourage one another to build on and sustain the great efforts that we have all made to date.
"We continue to urge everyone to observe the safe behaviours that we recommend such as physical distancing, washing hands regularly, wearing a face covering where appropriate, avoiding crowds and doing all we can to protect each other."