• There was a seven-fold increase in new clusters of Covid-19 in private houses across the country last week.

    71 were confirmed, compared to nine the week before.

    There were 654 new cases in nursing homes last week and 71 in community hospitals or long-stay units.

    100 new cases were identified in meat or poultry factories, while 42 were detected in Direct Provision centres in the week up until Saturday.


    The number of Covid-19 related deaths here has more than doubled in 24 hours.

    Ten more people diagnosed with the virus have died, bringing the death toll to 19 this side of the border, 10 in Northern Ireland – a total of 29 now on the island of Ireland.

    There have also been a further 255 confirmed cases here , meaning there are now 1,819 cases recorded in the Republic, 241 confirmed cases in NI. That’s more than 2,000 cases on the island of Ireland.

    Latest figures show there are 14 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Mayo, 45 in Galway, 8 in Sligo and 5 in Roscommon.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team here meets this morning, with health officials very concerned about increases in ICU admissions, clusters of nursing home cases, and the spread of the virus among health workers.

    Chief medical officer Tony Holohan says the death toll will continue to rise.