There have been six additional deaths related to COVID-19 reported by the Department of Health today, along with 456 new confirmed cases.
Of the cases notified today, 27 are in Galway, the third highest county figure behind Dublin (151), Limerick (38), and the same number as in Cork and Donegal today.
All of the six deaths notified today occurred in November the Department said.
There have now been a total of 1,978 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland, and 67,526 confirmed cases in the state.
As of 2pm today, 254 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 32 are in ICU. There have been 11 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Analysis of today’s data shows the 5-day moving average of case numbers has increased from 354 to 392,” said Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer.
“We have seen higher numbers in recent days than we expected based on the encouraging trends of the last three weeks. We are concerned that this progress is at risk.
“We have to remember that the virus is still very active in the community and we cannot let our guard slip. NPHET will continue to monitor the situation closely over the coming days.”
“We all need to focus on what we can do to stop the spread of this disease; wash our hands regularly, wear a face covering, keep our distance from others, avoid crowds, limit our social network, know the symptoms, self-isolate and contact a GP if we have them.
Dr Holohan concluded by repeating that people who are a close contact of a confirmed case need to stay home and restrict their movements.