There have been 68 new cases of Covid-19 reported, according to latest figures from the National Public Health Emergency Team and no new deaths

82% of the cases were in people under the age of 45, while 41 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case

19 were located in Kildare, 17 in Dublin, 15 in Offaly, 12 in Laois and 5 in Donegal.

Laois, Offaly and Kildare are currently under localised lockdown due to rising numbers.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “We continue to see cases linked to the outbreaks in counties where additional public health measures have been introduced. This was expected and we will continue to monitor closely.

“From tomorrow face coverings will be mandatory in retail and other indoor settings like hairdressers, cinemas and museums. We know that most people are already wearing face coverings and we hope to see even greater uptake over the coming days.

“Time and again people have shown their willingness to follow public health guidance in the interest of protecting each other from this disease. Wearing a face covering is just one more way in which people can demonstrate their solidarity with one another as we seek to suppress the spread of COVID-19.”

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