Six further deaths from Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening by the Department of Health.
The newest fatalities brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland to 1,902.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) also confirmed 866 new cases of the coronavirus.
The total number of cases since the outbreak began has now reached 60,297 confirmed cases.
A further breakdown of the case data released by the HPSC this evening shows:
- 428 cases are men and 438 are women
- 63% of cases are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 35 years old
Dublin reported the most cases today with 242 followed by Cork with 166. Donegal recorded 56 new cases today while Galway confirmed 54.
Meath confirmed 44 cases with the remaining 304 cases spread across another 20 counties.
328 Covid-19 patients are in hospital with the virus as of 2pm this afternoon and 43 patients are receiving treatment in intensive care.
15 people were admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours.
The national average for the 14-day incident rate is 292.1 per 100,000 of the population. Cavan reports the highest 14-day incident rate at 753.5 per 100,000.
The incident rate was at its lowest earlier this year on July 3, when it was reported to be 2.98 cases per 100,000 of the population.
Encouraging the public to self-isolate when diagnosed with the coronavirus or experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 remains a priority of public health officials.
“It is vitally important that if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 that you self-isolate and phone your GP for further advice,” said Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer from the Department of Health.
“Self-isolate means stay in your room and avoid contact with other members of your household. Doing this will protect those you live with by interrupting the chain of transmission,” said Dr Holohan, “I again appeal to everyone to behave as though you are a close contact. Stay at home, other than for essential reasons.”
In a video released by the Department of Health this evening, Dr Holohan said by self-isolating, a person will be "helping to keep the community, including your family, and the people that you love, safe".
In a statement this evening the Department of Health also highlighted the Covid-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit payment available for workers and the self-employed who cannot work in the short term because they have been medically certified to self-isolate or are ill due to Covid-19.
The application process is the same as Illness Benefit and medically certification from a GP is required.
However, you may not need to attend your GP in person. More information about this benefit is available online here