196 new cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland this evening.

There have been no further deaths recorded linked to the virus.

107 of today's cases are in Dublin, 12 are in Waterford, 11 in Limerick, 8 in Wicklow, 7 in Meath, 7 in Kildare, 6 in Laois, 6 in Westmeath - and the rest spread across 14 other counties, including Mayo, Galway, Roscommon and Leitrim.

37 of the new cases are linked to community transmission and 27 are people over the age of 65.

That's something health officials are concerned about - with the number of new infections among older people almost doubling in the last 2 weeks.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn has again urged people to limit their contacts in order to limit the opportunity for the virus to spread.

He says this can help protect people's families, their communities and those who are most vulnerable.

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