Ninety-five new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in County Kildare today, out of 2,371 nationwide, according to the National Public Health Emergency Team.
An additional 52 deaths have also been reported today, 50 of which occurred in January.
The median age of those who died is 82 years and the age range is 39-99 years.
Of the cases notified today: 1,129 are men / 1,194 are women; 57% are under 45 years of age and the median age is 40 years old.
Some 757 cases are in Dublin, 237 in Cork, 154 in Waterford, 123 in Wexford, 114 in Louth, and the remaining 986 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of 2pm today, 1,931 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 219 are in ICU. Some 78 additional hospitalisations have occurred in the past 24 hours.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer said: “We know that the ongoing restrictions are very challenging for people but, through the hard work and sacrifice of the vast majority of people, we are starting to see the first signs of a lower prevalence of the disease in the population. Strictly adhering to the public health measures is the key to making real progress in terms of flattening the curve and lowering the current trends in our hospitals and ICUs.
“The ‘Covid-19 find-test-trace-isolate’ process is vital to our efforts. Our data is telling us that for a third of people, it’s 4 days or more from the time they first experience symptoms of Covid-19 to the time they get tested. We all need to contact our GP as soon as symptoms occur, so we can trace our contacts and prevent further infections.
“This weekend, we need everyone to stay the course with hand washing, covering coughs, wearing face coverings and keeping a 2m distance. In order to take care of each other, we need all to stay at home, except for essential reasons, to minimise the spread of Covid-19 to ourselves and our loved ones.”