324 new cases of Covid-19, three new deaths
The most recent figures have been released.
324 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed, while three further deaths have sadly been reported.
There has now been a total of 1,797 Covid-related deaths in Ireland, and 33,994 cases since the beginning of the outbreak.
167 of Thursday's cases are in Dublin, with 42 in Donegal, 34 in Cork, 13 in Monaghan, 12 in Kildare, eight in Cavan, six in Limerick, six in Meath, six in Roscommon and five in Wicklow. The remaining 25 cases are spread across 11 counties.
64% of today's cases are in people under 45 years of age. 52% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case, while 81 cases have been identified as community transmission.
There are currently 94 confirmed cases in hospitals across the country, with 16 confirmed cases in the ICU.
Speaking on Thursday, Acting CMO Ronan Glynn said: "Public health doctors are coming across more cases arising from people who are close contacts of confirmed cases and are not restricting the movements.
"Remember that COVID-19 is highly contagious and you can be infectious without symptoms. If you are a close contact of a confirmed case please follow the guidelines on hse.ie and restrict your movements for 14 days – do not go to school or work, do not have visitors to your home, do not go to the shop or pharmacy unless it is absolutely necessary."
"Please avail of a test when it is offered. Last week one in 10 close contacts who had a test were found to be positive – many of them had no symptoms."