Five more people with Covid-19 have died in Ireland, 617 new cases
"There have been an additional 32 hospitalisations and eight ICU admissions in the past 24 hours."
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of five additional deaths related to Covid-19.
The HPSC has been notified of 617 confirmed cases of Covid-19.
33% of the cases are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case while 72 cases have been identified as community transmission.
123 in Dublin, 107 in Cork, 42 in Meath, 36 in Kerry, 35 in Galway and the remaining 274 cases are located across 21 counties.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “The profile of the disease continues to deteriorate. There have been an additional 32 hospitalisations and eight ICU admissions in the past 24 hours. We are continuing to see a high number of daily cases.
“It is vital that we interrupt the transmission of the virus now.
“NPHET continues to monitor the situation however it is early, individual action that is needed to suppress the virus. Please follow public health advice and do your part to make an impact on the disease.”
Director-General of the Health Service Executive (HSE) Paul Reid told Newstalk Breakfast on Friday that 19,500 Covid-19 tests were carried out on Thursday in a new daily record.
In Northern Ireland, the highest daily number of new positive coronavirus cases was recorded in the region on Friday.
A total of 1,080 cases were notified by the Department of Health in its daily update.