Two more people have died from Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland, the Department of Health has confirmed.
Four new additional cases of the virus have also been reported today.
There have now been a total of 1,717 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.
The number of confirmed cases since the outbreak began is 25,383.
The number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units has decreased to 16. There is a total of 44 patients in hospitals nationwide with the virus.
Speaking this evening, Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Yesterday, more than 183,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported globally, the most in a single day according to the WHO.
“In Ireland, in the last 14 days over a third of new confirmed cases are in young people under the age of 35. This is not a disease that solely affects older people. No one is immune, everyone is responsible for limiting the spread of COVID-19.”
According to Amárach research, conducted on behalf of the Department of Health, there has been a further increase in the percentage of adults wearing face coverings, up from 34% last week to 41% this week, across all demographic groups.
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “While it is encouraging to see an increase in the number of people wearing face coverings in public places, 41% is a significantly lower uptake when compared to our other recommended behaviours such as hand washing (92%) and physical distancing (91%). Face coverings should be worn when it is difficult to maintain physical distancing, for instance in shops and on public transport.”