Four more people with Covid-19 have died in Ireland, 442 new cases 3 weeks ago

Four more people with Covid-19 have died in Ireland, 442 new cases

Cases were reported in all 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland.

Four more people with Covid-19 in Ireland have died, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has confirmed.

The HPSC has also been notified of 442 new cases of the Covid-19 in Ireland.

54% of the cases are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case while 69 cases have been identified as community transmission.

170 of the cases are in Dublin, 47 are in Cork, 28 are in Donegal, 23 are in Meath, 21 are in Galway, 20 are in Monaghan, 14 are in Clare, 12 are in Roscommon, 11 are in Laois, 11 are in Longford, 10 in Cavan, 10 in Limerick, 10 in Tipperary, nine are in Kildare, eight are in Wicklow, five are in Louth and five are in Wexford with the remaining 28 cases in 9 counties.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

On Thursday, it was revealed that Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, who has been on leave since July, is expected to return to his post in the Department of Health next week.

In July, Dr Holohan said he was stepping down to spend time with and care for his wife who has terminal cancer.

He is expected to resume the role from Monday.