A FURTHER 16 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Donegal this evening.
Nationally, 18 more Covid-19 deaths were announced this evening and 269 new cases were confirmed.
Fifteen of the deaths occurred in November, with one in October and the other two ‘under investigation’.
Ireland’s death toll from the coronavirus is now 2,069 and there have been 72,798 infections since the outbreak.
Of the cases notified today: 133 are men and 133 are women; 65 per cent are under 45 years of age; the median age is 35 years old; 73 in Dublin, 20 in Kilkenny, 20 in Limerick, 19 in Louth, 19 in Tipperary and the remaining 118 cases are spread across 20 other counties, including Donegal.
As of 2pm today, 224 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. There have been 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The hard work and sacrifices that have been made by people over the last 6 weeks to suppress Covid-19 means that we are now in a position to reopen non-essential retail and to travel within our counties.
“It is up to every person, individually, to remain vigilant to the spread of this disease, to assess the risk that is involved in any social activity. We need to keep the public health advice at the centre of our minds and do not have visitors to our homes, outside of any necessary visitors in a support bubble, until the 18th of December.
“Each one of us has a role in shaping the national picture on Covid-19 in the coming weeks. It is vital that you keep hand washing, wear face coverings and keep a 2m distance from each other, to protect public health, to protect vital public services and to give us the best chance to continue to minimise the spread of the disease.”