500 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland, 28 new deaths
This brings the Republic of Ireland's death toll to 263.
500 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland, with 28 deaths in the past 24 hours also confirmed.
The country's death toll now stands at 263 while the number of confirmed cases stands at 6,574.
345 people in total have lost their lives on the island since the outbreak began.
Chief Medical Officer Doctor Tony Holohan said that social distancing measures in the country will remain in place for a prolonged period of time.
Holohan also said this evening that 81% of people who died so far had underlying conditions.
In the Department of Health's briefing on Thursday evening, it was revealed that 55% of the total cases are found in people from Dublin.
It was said that Ireland's social distancing methods have had "a very profound effect" since they were introduced, but that this work must continue.
Once again, the public were urged to stay at home this weekend, ahead of what is traditionally one of the busiest periods of the year.
"We've done extraordinarily well... We really need to keep that up."