A further 77 deaths related to Covid-19 have been reported by health officials this evening, as well as 1,910 new cases.
Seventy-four of the cases reported this evening by the Department of Health are in Galway, where the 14-day incidence rate is now 914.9 cases per 100,000 people.
Only Dublin and Cork have had more cases in the past two weeks, with a total of 2,361 cases reported in Galway in the past fortnight.
Of today’s cases, 710 are in Dublin, 150 in Cork, 103 in Meath, 102 in Limerick and 86 in Louth.
The age range of the 77 deaths from Covid-19 reported today is 43 – 98 years.
As of 2pm today, 1,892 people with COVID are hospitalised, of which 217 are in ICU. There have been an additional 59 hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
“Through the solidarity shown by families and communities across the country in recent weeks, we are beginning to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infection,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan.
“Each individual effort to follow the public health advice is making an impact, but we can only continue this positive trend and drive down incidence in the community by continuing to stay at home and avoid meeting or mixing with others in our social circle, including for any close family gatherings, such as birthdays or funerals, as these can be ‘super-spreader’ events.”
The CMO added: “We know it is possible to have COVID-19 without displaying symptoms, so we all need to behave as though we are infectious and minimise our close contacts with others.
“If you suspect that you might be ill, isolate away from others in your household, let your close contacts know and come forward for testing as soon as possible.”