Three more people with Covid-19 have died, 1,000 new cases
"Right now, we need everyone to cut their social contacts to an absolute minimum."
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of three additional deaths related to Covid-19.
The HPSC has also reported 1,000 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
There are 254 cases in Dublin, 102 in Meath, 88 in Cork, 81 in Cavan, 75 in Galway and the remaining 400 cases are spread across 20 counties.
As of 2pm on Friday, 246 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 30 are in ICU.
There have been 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Case numbers are continuing to rise. Right now, we need everyone to cut their social contacts to an absolute minimum.
"Every time you physically interact with another person, you are providing an opportunity for the virus to spread.”
Meanwhile, two more Covid-19 related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland.
The Department of Health has also confirmed 1,299 new cases of Covid-19 meaning that 6,708 new positive cases have been notified in the region in the last seven days.
There are 213 patients with Covid-19 being treated in hospital in the north, with 26 in intensive care.