Live coronavirus updates from Ireland.

November 25 -

Update 1.10pm EST: Irish Government to make a decision on easing COVID restrictions for Christmas on Friday.

The Irish Government is expected to take a phased approach to easing COVID restrictions ahead of Christmas. Travel restrictions are expected to ease from Dec 18th, while gyms, hairdressers, and beauty salons could open from Dec 1st. Pubs and gastropubs could open from Dec 7th but no decisions have been made. There are also questions surrounding how many households will be permitted to gather. 

The Cabinet will meet on Friday to finalize its decisions. 

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive of the Vintners Federation of Ireland has asked that all pubs be allowed to re-open in December.

Padraig Cribben said he was hearing "all kinds of nonsense" about the sizes of kitchens and chefs in indoor kitchens. He also pointed out that less than a third of one percent of COVID cases in Ireland have originated in the sector. 

He pointed out that Christmas is the biggest month in the year for trade and noted that these pubs, without kitchens, could be forced to remain closed for New Year's. 

He added that whole villages and towns around Ireland that will be bereft of any opportunity to socialize as a result.

Update 12.30pm EST: Northern Ireland has reported an additional seven deaths on Wednesday,  bringing their total COVID-19 death toll to 954. 

Northern Ireland has also recorded 533 new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours. 

A total of 50,676 people have now tested positive for COVID-19 in Northern Ireland since the pandemic began.

First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill announced on Tuesday that people from three households will be allowed to meet indoors for five days over the Christmas period as part of a United Kingdom-wide deal.

November 24 - 2,975 deaths, 121,073 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:10 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,975 coronavirus-related deaths and 121,073 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 59.50 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.40 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 38.07 million recoveries. 

Update 1:05 pm EST: There have been 226 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 70,930, according to Ireland's Department of Health

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 115 are men and 109 are women
  • 56% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 42 years old
  • 64 in Dublin, 41 in Donegal, 23 in Tipperary, 13 in Limerick, 12 in Louth, 12 in Wicklow, and the remaining 61 in 16 other counties

As of 2 pm today, 292 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 36 are in ICU. There have been 18 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 5,131 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on November 23. The 14-day (ending at midnight on November 23) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 107.8. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population.

There have been six coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today. The death toll in the country is 2,028.

Update 11:50 am EST: There are 79 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 50,143, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 557,667 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 2,452 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been 11 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 947. Seven of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 23 - 10 am November 24, while four occurred outside of the current reporting period.

November 23 - 2,958 deaths, 120,775 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:10 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,958 coronavirus-related deaths and 120,775 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 58.95 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.39 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 37.66 million recoveries. 

Update 1:40 pm EST: There have been 252 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 70,711, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 70,711 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 124 are men and 128 are women
  • 65% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 34 years old
  • 88 in Dublin, 26 in Cork, 21 in Kilkenny, 16 in Louth, 16 in Mayo with 85 spread across another 20 counties

As of 2 pm today, 289 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 33 are in ICU. There have been 11 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 5,177 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on November 22. The 14-day (ending at midnight on November 22) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 108.7. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on 3 July 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population.

There have been no coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today. The death toll in the country is 2,022. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 2,022 reflects this.)

Update 11:35 am EST: There are 280 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 50,064, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 556,855 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 2,955 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 936. All three of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 22 - 10 am November 23.

Update 8 am EST: Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed that Ireland will move to Level 3 COVID-19 restrictions on December 1, paving the way for non-essential retailers to reopen ahead of the busy Christmas period.

However, the Government remains undecided about fully reopening pubs and restaurants next week and will not make a decision on the matter until Thursday.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Martin said that the Government will be “flexible” in the guidance it gives to families over the Christmas period, especially during Christmas week, and said that “individual behavior” and “our own collective behavior” will be critical in controlling the spread of the coronavirus during December. 

Martin additionally said that large gatherings involving alcohol should be avoided over the Christmas holidays to prevent further spikes of the virus. 

“What our own data is showing us really is looking back over the summer to the September, October period is that congregation, large crowds gathering, alcohol, events, all of those things coming together proved the cause of a lot of spikes in different parts of the country, we have to try to avoid that again into the future, people need to be aware of that,” he told the Examiner.

Martin said that it has always been the Government’s aim to exit Level 5 on December 1 and move to Level 3 on the Living With COVID plan, which allows non-essential retail to re-open in addition to gyms and leisure centers. 

Pubs and restaurants are only allowed to operate outdoor dining under Level 3 restrictions, but the Government is considering allowing them to operate indoor services in December, according to various reports. 

Level 3 restrictions will also allow Irish people to travel anywhere within their own county. At present, Irish people are confined to within 5km of their own home under Level 5 restrictions. 

November 22 

Update 12:45 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 318 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 70,461.

There was also one further COVID-related death reported on Sunday as Ireland’s death toll rose to 2,023.

There are currently 282 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals, with 31 requiring intensive care.

Of the cases reported today, 73% were under the age of 45, while 126 were reported in Dublin.

Elsewhere, 45 cases were reported in Cork, 28 in Limerick, 21 in Donegal, 18 in Kildare and the remaining 80 cases were spread across 18 other counties.

There have now been 120,245 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 2,956 COVID-related deaths. 

Update 9:50 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 342 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 49,784.

The Department also announced 10 further COVID-related deaths as Northern Ireland’s death toll rose to 933.

A total of 3,054 people have tested positive for the virus in Northern Ireland over the past seven days, while there are currently 425 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Irish hospitals.

Of those 425 patients, 40 require intensive care.

Northern Ireland is set to begin another two-week lockdown on Friday in an attempt to bring the virus under further control before Christmas.

November 21 

Update 1 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 344 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 70,143.

Four further COVID-19-related deaths have also been announced as Ireland’s death toll rose to 2,022.

There are currently 269 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals, with 32 patients requiring intensive care.

Of the cases announced today, 69% are under the age of 45, while 127 cases were reported in Dublin.

Elsewhere, 46 were reported in Cork, 26 in Louth, 22 in Donegal, 20 in Limerick and the remaining 103 cases were spread across 20 other counties.

There have now been 119,585 confirmed on the island of Ireland in addition to 2,945 deaths.

Update 10:15 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 357 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 49,442.

The Department also announced ten further COVID-19-related deaths as Northern Ireland’s death toll rose to 923.

There are currently 429 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals, with 41 patients requiring intensive care.

A total of 3,114 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Northern Ireland in the last seven days.

November 20 - 2,931 deaths, and 118,887 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:40 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,931 coronavirus-related deaths, and 118,887 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 57.20 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.36 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 36.69 million recoveries. 

Update 1:00 pm EST: There have been 330 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 69,802, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 69,802 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 171 are men and 155 are women
  • 64% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 37 years old
  • 99 in Dublin, 28 in Cork, 26 in Louth, 25 in Meath, 21 in Donegal and the remaining 131 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 2 pm today, 283 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 33 are in ICU. There have been 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 5,384 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on November 19. The 14-day (ending at midnight on November 18) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 113.1. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on 3 July 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population.

There have been eight more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today. The death toll in the country is now 2,018.

Update 12:05 pm EST: There are 369 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 49,085, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 550,381 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 3,230 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been 12 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 913. Ten of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 19 - 10 am November 20, while two occurred outside of the current reporting period.

Update 9:20 am EST: Ireland’s Minister for Finance has said that “intense discussions” are ongoing between the Irish Government and the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) about how the country will exit Level 5 lockdown restrictions.

Paschal Donohoe said that the Irish Government is currently hearing assessments from NPHET on the risk of exiting Level 5 and on how Ireland is dealing with the spread of the coronavirus.

He said that it was important to note that Ireland had made progress against the coronavirus since entering Level 5 four weeks ago but that it hadn’t made as much progress as the Government had hoped.

“If you are looking at all indicators where we were a few weeks ago we are in a better place but not as good a place as we would like to be,” he told RTÉ News.

Donohoe said that the number of COVID deaths and hospitalizations will be considered before making any decisions about taking Ireland out of Level 5 and he said it was important to look beyond Christmas from an economic point of view.

While re-opening the country for Christmas was important for families across Ireland, he said that ensuring that businesses can remain open after Christmas and in early next year was essential from an economic point-of-view and that the Irish Government wanted to bring the spread of the virus down to the lowest level possible.

Any decision that the Government takes needs to protect people’s health, well-being and help the economy after Christmas, Donohoe said.

November 19 - 2,911 deaths and 118,189 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:25 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,911 coronavirus-related deaths and 118,189 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 56.59 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.35 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 36.33 million recoveries. 

Update 1:50 pm EST: There have been 429 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 69,473, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 14 confirmed cases. The figure of 69,473 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 194 are men and 234 are women
  • 69% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 34 years old
  • 173 in Dublin, 44 in Cork, 26 in Donegal, 22 in Louth, 21 in Kildare and the remaining 143 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 2 pm today, 290 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 33 are in ICU. There have been 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 5,548 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on November 18. The 14-day (ending at midnight on November 18) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 116.5. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on 3 July 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population.

There have been four more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today. The death toll in the country is now 2,010.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "In our objective to use a six-week period to drive down COVID-19 infection in the community, our progress has stalled in the last week.

"We now have two weeks to get back on track. Drive down the disease by limiting the number of daily contacts you have. Work from home, stay at home, and follow public health advice to get us to a reproduction number below 0.5 by December 1st."

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Deaths associated with COVID-19 have increased by 18% in the European region over the past fortnight. Last week alone, Europe registered over 29,000 new deaths. That is one person dying every 17 seconds. 

“We have made significant progress in Ireland over recent weeks, but the disease and its risks have not changed. Please continue in your efforts to follow public health advice, limit the transmission of COVID-19 in Ireland and protect those who are most vulnerable in our families and across our communities."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: "For 3 weeks we saw case numbers declining at a rate of 5 - 7% per day and a reproduction number as low as 0.6. We are aware that case numbers have now stopped declining and as a consequence the reproduction number has increased to an estimated 0.7 - 0.9.

"The data strongly suggests that a small, recent increase in the level of social contacts has led to the increase in reproduction number we see now. A small additional effort to reduce our contacts will make a big difference to reduce disease incidence before December 1st."

Dr. Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, said today: "This pandemic has placed huge demands on our healthcare workers in addition to the standard care of patients. Their work now involves additional infection prevention and control measures which require constant vigilance and awareness. The best way we all can show our appreciation for their work is by doing your part to reduce community transmission."

Update 11:40 am EST: There are 487 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 48,716, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 547,798 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 3,401 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been 12 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 901. Ten of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 18 - 10 am November 19, while two occurred outside of the current reporting period.

November 18 - 2,895 deaths, 117,357 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:45 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,895 coronavirus-related deaths and 117,357 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally,  there have been more than 55.94 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.34 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 35.94 million recoveries. 

Update 1:10 pm EST: There have been 379 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 69,058, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 7 confirmed cases. The figure of 69,058 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 174 are men and 203 are women
  • 64% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 36 years old
  • 116 in Dublin, 38 in Donegal, 30 in Meath, 27 in Cork, 22 in Limerick, 22 in Louth, and the remaining 124 cases are spread across all other counties

As of 2 pm today, 282 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 33 are in ICU. There have been 22 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 5,708 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on November 17. The 14-day (ending at midnight on November 17) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 119.9. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on 3 July 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population.

There have been 12 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today. The death toll in the country is now 2,006. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 2,006 deaths reflects this.).

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Today we sadly report over 2,000 deaths associated with COVID-19 to date in this country. This pandemic has impacted, directly and indirectly, on families and communities all across Ireland.

"It is important that we continue to work together if we are to suppress this virus and protect as many people as possible. For the next two weeks, work from home, stay at home and follow public health advice."

Update 11:05 am EST: There are 518 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 48,299, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 544,664 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 3,535 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been 11 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 889. Nine of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 17 - 10 am November 18, while two occurred outside of the current reporting period.

November 17 - 2,873 deaths, 116,397 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:20 pm EST: As of today, there have been  2,873 coronavirus-related deaths and 116,397 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 55.34 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.33 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 35.61 million recoveries. 

Update 1:40 pm EST: There have been 366 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 68,686, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 36 confirmed cases. The figure of 68,686 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 169 are men and 197 are women
  • 61% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 38 years old
  • 84 in Dublin, 44 in Limerick, 34 in Cork, 34 in Donegal, 24 in Roscommon and the remaining 146 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 2 pm today, 272 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 34 are in ICU. There have been 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 5,778 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on November 16. The 14-day (ending at midnight on November 16) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 121.3. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on 3 July 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population.

There have been 11 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today. All of the 11 deaths reported today occured in November. The death toll in the country is now 1,995.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "I am increasingly concerned that the positive trends we had seen recently have not been maintained.

"The 5-day moving average of daily cases has increased from an average of 350 cases on the 11th November to 424 today.

"We have two weeks to continue in our efforts to drive down community transmission of this disease as much as possible. The lower the incidence the more flexibility the country will have in easing measures."

Update 11:30 am EST: There are 549 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 47,711, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 541,388 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 3,724 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been nine more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 878. Seven of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 16 - 10 am November 17, while two occurred outside of the current reporting period.

November 16 - 2,853 deaths, 115,518 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:20 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,853 coronavirus-related deaths and 115,518 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally,  there have been more than 54.67 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.32 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 35.09 million recoveries. 

Update 1:30 pm EST: There have been 456 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 68,356, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 68,356 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 199 are men and 257 are women
  • 69% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 34 years old
  • 105 in Dublin, 85 in Limerick, 43 in Cork, 38 in Meath, 25 in Clare and the remaining 160 cases are spread across 21 other counties

As of 2pm today, 274 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 33 are in ICU. There have been 10 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 5,735 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on November 15. The 14-day (ending at midnight on November 12) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 120.4. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on 3 July 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population.

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today. The death toll in the country is now 1,984.

Update 11:55 am EST: Northern Ireland's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael McBride has urged people to take care of their mental health this winter while still being mindful of COVID-19 restrictions, which he acknowledged  "have far-reaching implications especially on mental health and wellbeing."

Dr. McBride said: "There are things that everyone can do to help their mental health and wellbeing. These include regular sleep, exercise, eating well and balancing time between activities that give a sense of achievement and activities that are for fun or relaxation. It’s vitally important to stay connected with friends and family, albeit this might be online.

“And remember that during the Covid-19 pandemic, health and social care services are still there for you, so it’s important to ask for help and not hold back.”

Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency launched MindingYourHead.info to provide resources for mental health wellbeing.

Update 10:25 am EST: There are 331 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 47,162, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 538,313 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 3,831 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been 14 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 869. Ten of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 15 - 10 am November 16, while four occurred outside of the current reporting period.

November 15 

Update: 1 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 378 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 67,903. 

The Department also announced one further coronavirus-related death as Ireland's death toll rose to 1,979. 

There are currently 249 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals, with 31 requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases announced today, 63% are under the age of 45, while 124 cases were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 34 cases were reported in Donegal, 23 in Louth, 19 in Cork, 19 in Limerick and the remaining 159 cases were spread across 20 other counties.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said that Ireland's five-day average had risen above 400 and described the development as "worrying". 

"We are seeing a number of things which concern us," Holohan said. "There are examples of small numbers of people congregating for social purposes and simply ignoring the important public health messages. They are putting our collective progress at risk.

"We are also seeing a number of outbreaks across the country. These include outbreaks in association with funerals. We understand that this is a difficult time for families but it is really important that we do everything we can to avoid the circumstances which promote transmission of the virus." 

Holohan urged people to work from home where possible and to stay within 5km of their own home when exercising. 

There have now been 114,734 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 2,834 deaths.

Update 10:45 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 472 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 46,831. 

A further nine COVID-19-related deaths have also been announced as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 855. 

A total of 3,920 people have tested positive for the virus in Northern Ireland in the past seven days. 

There are currently 415 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals, with 49 patients requiring intensive care. 

Of those 49 patients, 39 currently require a ventilator, while there are currently 147 confirmed outbreaks of the virus in Northern Irish care homes. 

November 14 

Update 1 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 456 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 67,526. 

The Department also announced six further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 1,978. 

There are currently 254 coronavirus patients in Irish hospitals, with 32 patients requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases announced today, 69% of people are under the age of 45, while 151 cases were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 38 cases were reported in Limerick, 27 in Cork, 27 in Donegal, 27 in Galway, and the remaining 186 cases were spread across 20 other counties.

The five-day average of case numbers has increased from 354 to 392, according to Ireland's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan. 

"We have seen higher numbers in recent days than we expected based on the encouraging trends of the last three weeks. We are concerned that this progress is at risk," Holohan said. 

"We have to remember that the virus is still very active in the community and we cannot let our guard slip. NPHET will continue to monitor the situation closely over the coming days." 

There have now been 113,885 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 2,824 deaths.

Update 10:45 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 511 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in the region to 46,359. 

The Department also announced ten further COVID-19-related deaths on Saturday as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 846. 

More than 3,900 people have tested positive for the virus in the past seven days. 

There are currently 422 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with 49 patients requiring intensive care. Of those 49 patients, 39 require a ventilator. 

Hospitals in Northern Ireland are now operating at 98% capacity. 

November 13 - 2,808 deaths, 112,947 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:10 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,808 coronavirus-related deaths and 112,947 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally,  there have been more than 53.08 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.31 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 34.27 million recoveries.

Update 1:45 pm EST: There have been 482 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 67,099, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 15 confirmed cases. The figure of 67,099 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 238 are men and 244 are women
  • 61% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 35 years old
  • 128 in Dublin, 45 in Cork, 43 in Waterford, 36 in Limerick, 24 in Donegal, 24 in Meath and the remaining 182 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 2 pm today, 258 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 35 are in ICU. There have been 12 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 6,154 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on November 12. The 14-day (ending at midnight on November 12) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 129.2. The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on 3 July 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population.

There has been seven more coronavirus-related death reported in the Republic of Ireland today. The death toll in the country is 1,972.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "The increase in case numbers of COVID-19 today is an important reminder of the unpredictable nature of this highly infectious disease.

"The hard work undertaken by all of us over the last three weeks is to be commended, but we must not allow our success to date let us drop our guard against the spread of this disease.

"We need to hold firm to the public health advice: keep 2 metre distance, wash our hands, wear face coverings where appropriate and limit ourselves to essential contacts from our own household.

"If we can keep up high levels of compliance, we can get to where we need to be on the 1st December."

Update 11:55 am EST: There are 607 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 45,848, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 530,630 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 3,880 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been 11 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 836. Eight of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 11 - 10 am November 12, while four occurred outside of the current reporting period.

November 12 - 2,790 deaths, 111,873 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:45 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,790 coronavirus-related deaths and 111,873 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 52.52 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.28 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 33.94 million recoveries.

Update 1:10 pm EST: There have been 395 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 66,632, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 10 confirmed cases. The figure of 66,632 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 197 are men / 198 are women
  • 65% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 35 years old
  • 132 in Dublin, 31 in Cork, 27 in Donegal, 27 in Limerick, 27 in Galway and the remaining 151 cases are spread across 18 other counties.

As of 2 pm today, 279 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 39 are in ICU. 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There has been one more coronavirus-related death reported in the Republic of Ireland today. The death toll in the country is 1,965. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,965 deaths reflects this.)

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “Not every part of the country has experienced the same reductions in disease incidence. For example, Donegal’s 14- day incidence is at 281 per 100,000, compared to the national average of 135 per 100,000.

“The country as a whole can succeed in suppressing this disease to low levels in the coming weeks. We have achieved a great deal of suppression over the Level 5 period, the coming weeks offer us an opportunity to drive transmission down further.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: “We estimate the reproduction number is now at 0.6. Data suggests that Level 3 measures stabilized case numbers, while Level 5 measures were required to suppress transmission, especially when infection rates are high. If we sustain our efforts we can force infection down to very low levels.”

Dr. Vida Hamilton, National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead, Acute Hospitals, HSE, said today: “We are seeing an increase in Emergency Department attendance, which is a positive indication that the public are continuing to access both covid and non-covid healthcare.

"Our hospitals are busy as they continue to implement important infection prevention control protocols and our healthcare workers are grateful for public understanding and support for these safety measures."

Update 11:20 am EST: There have been 548 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 45,241, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 524,746  individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 3,835 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been 15 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 825. 11 of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 11 - 10 am November 12, while four occurred outside of the current reporting period.

Update 9:00 am EST: Tanáiste Leo Varadkar has advised Irish people living abroad to avoid booking flights home for Christmas at the moment. 

Speaking in the Dáil on Thursday, Varadkar noted that Christmas was still six weeks away and that it was too soon for people to know if it was safe to book flights home due to the dangers of international travel. 

"I think in terms of people booking flights for Christmas to come home, I'd advise them not to do that at the moment.

"I know that’s difficult, I know that’s tough, but Christmas is six weeks away and it is too soon now for people to be booking flights to come home." 

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar advising people not to book flights home for Christmas “at the moment” | Read more: https://t.co/t4CGBVnSPi pic.twitter.com/e8MTAhLOZG

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) November 12, 2020

He said that international travel could cause an outbreak of the virus in Ireland and also said that there was a huge risk from travel between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 

Varadkar additionally said that there would be sufficient contact tracers in Irish airports to ensure that people quarantine when they arrive in Ireland. 

He also said that the Government was looking at implementing a legal framework that would require travelers from countries marked as "Red" under the EU travel system to take a COVID-19 test within five days of arriving in Ireland. 

November 11 - 2,775 deaths, 110,940 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:30 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,775 coronavirus-related deaths and 110,940 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 51.81 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.27 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 33.74 million recoveries.

Update 1:40 pm EST: There have been 362 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 66,247, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 66,247 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 187 are men / 174 are women
  • 55% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 41 years old
  • 90 in Dublin, 48 in Donegal, 34 in Limerick, 29 in Louth, 24 in Limerick and the remaining 137 cases are spread across 21 other counties.

As of 2 pm today, 280 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 38 are in ICU. 21 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 6,904 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on November 9. The 14-day (ending at midnight on November 8) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 145.

The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on 3 July 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,965.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "The profile of the disease is improving and, while this is a positive trend, it does not mean it is time to take a step back from our adherence to public health guidelines.

"I urge everyone to redouble their efforts, try and have fewer close contacts this week than you did last week, continue to social distance and follow the other vitally important public health guidelines.”

He added: “I also want to thank those who have self-isolated after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result; or having been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case. Self-isolating is a vital measure in our efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and it is essential that all those asked to self-isolate continue to do so.”

Update 11:15 am EST: There are 791 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 44,693, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 524,746  individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 3,886 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been eight more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 810. All eight of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 10 - 10 am November 11.

November 10 - 2,765 deaths and 109,791 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:55 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,765 coronavirus-related deaths and 109,791 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 51.24 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.26 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 33.45 million recoveries.

Update 2:20 pm EST: There have been 270 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 65,889, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 40 confirmed cases. The figure of 65,889 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 123 are men and 147 are women
  • 56% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 42 years old
  • 82 in Dublin, 21 in Donegal, 18 in Roscommon, 17 in Limerick, 17 in Tipperary, and the remaining 115 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 2 pm today, 282 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 40 are in ICU. There have been 21 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,212 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on November 9. The 14-day (ending at midnight on November 8) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 151.5.

The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on 3 July 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population.

There have been 16 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,963. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,963 deaths reflects this.)

Dr Tony Holohan, Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "The significant improvement in the profile of the disease is encouraging: the 14-day incidence of 152 cases per 100,000 is down by 51% compared to the previous two weeks.

"To maintain this positive trajectory, we need to remain vigilant to the highly infectious nature of this virus, which can easily spread from person to person through close contact and by social mixing. Our individual everyday choices to stay at home and keep our contacts to a minimum are vital to driving down the spread of COVID-19."

Update 12:00 pm EST: There are 514 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 43,902, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 520,673  individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 3,736 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been 11 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 802. All 11 of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 9 - 10 am November 10.

November 9 - 2,739 deaths, 109,047 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:50 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,739 coronavirus-related deaths and 109,047 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally,  there have been more than 50.71 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.25 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 33.13 million recoveries.

Update 12:40 pm EST: There have been 270 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 65,659, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 5 confirmed cases. The figure of 65,659 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 143 are men and 127 are women
  • 69% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 34 years old
  • 103 in Dublin, 34 in Limerick, 20 in Donegal, 12 in Cork, 9 in Kerry, 9 in Kilkenny and the remaining 83 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 2 pm today, 291 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 39 are in ICU. There have been 12 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 7,665 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on November 8. The 14-day (ending at midnight on November 8) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 161.0. 

The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on 3 July 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population.

There has been one more coronavirus-related death reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,948.

Update 11:40 am EST: Commenting on the progress of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, Northern Ireland's Minister for Health Robin Swann said today: “We have been waiting a long time for positive news. While there are very important regulatory and safety assurance hurdles to still be cleared, today represents a step forward.

“While there are no guarantees, there is a possibility that vaccination of at risk sections of our community could begin by the end of this year.

“However, I would appeal to everyone not to let down their guard just because there is some light at the end of this very long tunnel. It will likely be well into 2021 before a vaccine is generally available to the population – not least because mass global vaccination is a huge logistical challenge.

“As I have said before, we are in for a hard slog this winter – in terms of intense pressures on our health service and unavoidable restrictions on our daily lives.

“We all have to redouble our efforts – continue limiting our contacts and keeping our distance from each other; wear face coverings when required; and keep washing our hands.

“But let’s be positive about the future. The incredible progress to date on developing a vaccine - together with planned mass testing and improved treatments - means we can look towards next Spring with some hope. Pessimists keep telling us we will be locked into endless stop-start cycles of restrictions. I have faith that they will be proved wrong.” 

Update 11:00 am EST: There are 471 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 43,388, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 518,224 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 3,921 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been ten more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 791. Nine of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 8 - 10 am November 9, while one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

November 8 

Update 1 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 542 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections to 65,394. 

Two further COVID-19-related deaths were also confirmed by the Health Department on Sunday as Ireland's death toll rose to 1,947. 

There are currently 283 coronavirus patients in Irish hospitals, with 39 requiring intensive care. 

Of today's cases, 64% are under 45 years of age, while 181 cases were confirmed in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 59 cases were reported in Donegal, 50 in Limerick, 36 in Cork, 25 in Kildare, and the remaining 191 cases were spread across 20 other counties.

There are have now been 108,311 confirmed cases of the virus and 2,728 coronavirus related deaths on the island of Ireland 

Update 10 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 420 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 42,917. 

The Department also confirmed a further seven COVID-19-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 781. 

A total of 3,909 people in Northern Ireland have tested positive for the virus in the past seven days, while there are currently 396 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals. 

Of those patients, 55 require intensive care. 

There are additionally 126 active outbreaks of the virus in Northern Irish care homes. 

November 7

Update 12:30 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 335 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 64,855. 

The Department also confirmed five further coronavirus-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 1,945.

There are currently 284 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals, with 40 requiring intensive care. 

Of today's cases, 64% are under the age of 45, while 73 were confirmed in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 41 were reported in Donegal, 26 in Mayo, 25 in Cork, 23 in Kerry, and the remaining 148 cases were spread across 19 other counties.

There have now been 107,352 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 2,719 deaths.

Update 9:50 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 528 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 42,497. 

The Department also announced a further 15 COVID-19-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 774. 

Of the 15 deaths, 12 were announced within the past 24 hours while three were previously unreported. Meanwhile, one previously reported COVID death has been removed from Northern Ireland's death toll after it was determined an "invalid case". 

A total of 4,007 people have tested positive for the virus over the past seven days in Northern Ireland, while there are currently 391 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals with 53 requiring intensive care. 

There are also 126 confirmed outbreaks of the virus in Northern Irish care homes.

November 6 - 2,700 deaths, 106,507 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:50 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,700 coronavirus-related deaths and 106,507 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally,  there have been more than 49.11 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.23 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 32.34 million recoveries.

Update 1:00 pm EST: There have been 499 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 64,538, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 7 confirmed cases. The figure of 64,538 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 244 are men and 249 are women
  • 68% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 32 years old
  • 175 in Dublin, 72 in Cork, 29 in Limerick, 26 in Mayo, 21 in Meath and the remaining 176 cases are spread across 19 other counties

As of 2 pm today, 292 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 37 are in ICU. There have been 24 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 9,351 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on November 5. The 14-day (ending at midnight on November 5) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 196.4. 

The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on 3 July 2020 when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population.

There have been eight more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,940. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,940 deaths reflects this.)

Update 11:20 am EST: There are 595 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 41,969, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 510,893  individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 4,160 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been eight more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 760. All eight of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 5 - 10 am November 6.

November 5 - 2,685 deaths, 105,420 cases reported between NI and RoI

Update 2:25 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,685 coronavirus-related deaths and 105,420 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 48.45 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.22 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 32.02 million recoveries.

Update 1:30 pm EST: There have been 591 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 64,046, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 28 confirmed cases. The figure of 64,046 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 280 are men and 310 are women
  • 59% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 38 years old
  • 120 in Dublin, 75 in Donegal, 50 in Cork, 46 in Kerry, 44 in Limerick and the remaining 256 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 2 pm today, 302 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 38 are in ICU. There have been 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

In the Republic of Ireland, there have been 9,625 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on November 4. The 14-day (ending at midnight on November 4) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 202.1. 

(The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020, when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population.) 

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,933.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "A second surge is taking place across Europe. Ireland and Finland are the only European countries in the EU where reductions in 14 – day incidence have been observed. All other countries are increasing.

"Level 5 efforts over the last two weeks have succeeded in further reducing community transmission and disease incidence in Ireland, however, now is not the time to be complacent. We must keep driving down this disease- we must keep going.

"The 19 to 24 year old age group has achieved a dramatic reduction in incidence, from 450 per 100,000 to 150 per 100,000 in two weeks. They have also halved their contacts in the past 5 weeks. We all need to recognise the efforts of our young people and I thank them."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: "We estimate the reproduction number at 0.7 - 0.9. This is a testament to our collective effort to stop the spread of the virus and it is very good news. We may be doing better now but it is conditional on whether we keep it up. If we continue to use this time to drive the infection right down, we will be in a good position in four weeks time."

Dr. Vida Hamilton, National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead, Acute Hospitals, HSE, said today: "While the age demographic of cases vary from the first surge back in March to this one, ICU admissions have affected people from all age groups, with the average length of stay at 17.8 days. People of all ages are potentially vulnerable to the more extreme symptoms of this disease."

Update 11:20 am EST: There are 516 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 41,374, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 507,632 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 4,256 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been 12 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 752. Eight of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 4 - 10 am November 5, and the other four occurred outside of the current reporting period.

November 4 - 2,670 deaths, 103,341 confriemd cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:15 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,670 coronavirus-related deaths and 104,341 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 47.70 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.21 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 31.73 million recoveries.

Update 12:50 pm EST: There have been 444 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 63,483, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC led to the denotification of 9 confirmed cases. The figure of 63,483 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 208 are men and 235 are women
  • 61% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 37 years old
  • 158 in Dublin, 48 in Cork, 36 in Galway, 28 in Limerick and 174 cases spread across 19 other counties

As of 2pm today, 310 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 41 are in ICU. There have been 25 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 10,127 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on November 3. The 14-day (ending at midnight on November 3) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 212.7. 

There have been eight more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,930.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "Every piece of public health advice we have given from the outset of this pandemic is designed to keep everyone protected from the impact of COVID-19. 

“If you are a close contact of a confirmed case, you are asked to restrict your movements for 14 days and to attend for your two free COVID-19 test, one on day 0 and one on day 7. This is because as an identified close contact, you have come into contact with the virus. It may take some time for this to become apparent, or for you to become infectious.

"By staying at home for this entire 14 day period, you are helping to stop the spread of this dangerous disease. In following this important guidance, you are helping to bring this virus right back down to where we all need it to be and playing your part in this national effort."

Update 11:20 am EST: There are 679 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 40,858, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 504,891 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 4,498 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been ten more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 740. All ten of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 3 - 10 am November 4.

November 3 - 2,652 deaths, 103,227 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:50 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,652 coronavirus-related deaths and 103,227 confirmed cases reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally,  there have been more than 47.21 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.21 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 31.44 million recoveries.

Update 1:10 pm EST: There have been 322 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 63,048, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC led to the denotification of 24 confirmed cases. The figure of 63,048 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 156 are men and 166 are women
  • 64% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 37 years old
  • 96 in Dublin, 35 in Meath, 23 in Cork, 17 in Louth, 16 in Waterford and the remaining 135 cases are spread across 18 other counties

As of 2pm today, 296 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 42 are in ICU. There have been 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 10,855 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on November 2. The 14-day (ending at midnight on November 2) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 228.0. 

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,922.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "Due to the efforts of people across Ireland, we are seeing improvements with COVID-19. However, we must remember that maintaining this downward trend is now the most crucial thing. The value of our progress depends on continuing the safe behaviour that got us to this position. I urge everyone to keep it up, to ensure these initial trends continue."

Update 11:40 am EST: There are 570 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 40,179, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 501,678 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 4,629 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been six more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 730. All six of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 2 - 10 am November 3.

November 2 - 2,641 deaths, 102,359 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:15 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,641 coronavirus-related deaths, and 102,359 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally,  there have been more than 46.80 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.20 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 31.16 million recoveries.

Update 1:35 pm EST: There have been 767 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 62,750, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 19 confirmed cases. The figure of 62,750 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 355 are men and 411 are women
  • 68% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 33 years old
  • 321 in Dublin, 84 in Cork, 47 in Meath, 34 in Limerick, 24 in Roscommon and the remaining 257 cases are spread across all other counties

As of 2 pm today, 322 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 44 are in ICU. There have been 16 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,917.

There have been 11,808 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on November 1. The 14-day (ending at midnight on November 1) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 248.0. 

Update 10:25 am EST: There are 493 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 39,609, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 499,002 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 4,949 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been eight more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 724. Seven of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am November 1 - 10 am November 2, while one death occurred outside of the current reporting period.

November 1 

Update 12:10 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 552 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 62,002.

The Department also announced a further two COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 1,915.

There are currently 330 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals, with 47 patients requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases announced today, 63% are under the age of 45, while 173 cases were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 86 cases were reported in Cork, 40 in Limerick, 30 in Donegal, and the remaining 223 cases were reported across all other counties.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said that Ireland was "on the right track" in suppressing the virus but that it was too early to consider easing lockdown measures.

There have now 101,118 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 2,631 coronavirus-related deaths.

Update 10:45 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 685 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in the region to 39,116. 

A further eight COVID-related deaths were also confirmed on Sunday as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 716. 

There have been 5,145 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Ireland over the past seven days, while there are currently 361 confirmed cases in Northern Irish hospitals. 

Of those patients, 48 require intensive care.

October 31 

Update 1:05 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 416 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 61,456. 

The Department additionally announced a further five COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 1,913. 

There are currently 320 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitals with 41 patients requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases announced today, 64% were under the age of 45, while 87 cases were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 62 cases were reported in Cork, 41 in Mayo and 37 in Galway. The remaining 189 cases were spread across 20 other counties.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said that Ireland was making progress in the fight against COVID-19 and said that the "R" number in Ireland was now at 1.0. 

Ireland is one of only four countries in the European Union where the seven-day incidence rate has decreased since last week, according to figures from the World Health Organisation. 

The WHO figures say that Ireland's seven-day incidence rate has decreased by 36% since last week. 

There have now been 99,887 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 2,621 deaths.

Update 10:20 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 649 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in the region to 38,431. 

The Department also announced 11 further coronavirus-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 708. 

There have been 5,208 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Ireland over the past seven days, while there are currently 346 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Irish hospitals. Of those patients, 48 require intensive care. 

Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann moved to dismiss any hope that normality could return in the region in November. 

Northern Ireland's four-week lockdown period is almost at an end and the Stormont Executive will consider new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

Swann said that the Executive will take the recent fall in COVID-19 cases into account when it considers the new measures but warned that things will not return to normal. 

October 30 - 2,605 deaths, 98,841 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:35 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,605 coronavirus-related deaths and 98,841 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally,  there have been more than 45.30 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.18 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 30.38 million recoveries.

Update 2:10 pm EST: There have been 772 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 61,059, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 10 confirmed cases. The figure of 61,059 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 362 are men / 406 are women
  • 64% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 36 years old
  • 228 in Dublin, 120 in Cork, 50 in Meath, 41 in Donegal, 41 in Galway and the remaining 292 cases are spread across all remaining counties.

As of 2 pm today, 325 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 42 are in ICU. 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been six more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,908.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: “The overall situation has improved, but we have to remember that these are very early days. This improvement will only be maintained if we keep going in our efforts.

“We have to remember that incidence is increasing in older age groups, who are particularly vulnerable to this disease. The way in which we can protect them is if we continue to drive down transmission across the whole population.”

Dr. Desmond Hickey, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: “As of today, Ireland has seen a reduction in its 7-day incidence rate of 36% when compared to the previous 7 days.

"Ireland’s progress is notable when compared to the rapidly deteriorating picture across Europe. It is paramount that we sustain and continue to drive down disease incidence as much as possible in the coming weeks.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: “The reproduction number is now close to 1.0 nationally. This is the first time in a number of weeks that we have been able to report positive indicators of the disease.

"However, our experience to date shows this type of progress is very fragile. We should take these positive signs as an indication our efforts are starting to work, the critical thing now is to keep it up, the virus will seek out any opportunity to spread; over the next weeks let’s make sure we don’t give it that opportunity, by driving R and case numbers as low as possible.”

Dr. Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, said today: “There has been a significant reduction in emergency presentations and admission in recent weeks, when compared with activity last year. Our Emergency Departments have in place pathways of care to keep patients and staff safe. If you need urgent or emergency care in our hospitals, this care can be provided safely.”

Update 12:10 pm EST: There are 566 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 37,782, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 491,006 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 5,424 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been nine more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 697. Eight of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 29 - 10 am October 30, while one death occurred outside of the current reporting period.

October 29 - 2,590 deaths, 97,513 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:50 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,590 coronavirus-related deaths and 97,513 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally,  there have been more than 44.78 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.17 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 30.13 million recoveries.

Update 1:55 pm EST: There have been 866 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 60,297, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 428 are men and 438 are women
  • 63% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 35 years old
  • 242 in Dublin, 166 in Cork, 56 in Donegal, 54 in Galway, 44 in Meath and the remaining 304 cases are spread across another 20 counties

As of 2 pm today, 328 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 43 are in ICU. There have been 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been six more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,902.

There have been 13,907 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on October 28. The 14-day (ending at midnight on October 28) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 292.1. 

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "It is vitally important that if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 that you self-isolate and phone your GP for further advice.

"Self-isolate means stay in your room and avoid contact with other members of your household. Doing this will protect those you live with by interrupting the chain of transmission.

"I again appeal to everyone to behave as though you are a close contact. Stay at home, other than for essential reasons."

Update 12:15 pm EST: There are 822 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 37,216, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 488,076 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 5,947 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been eight more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 688. All nine of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 28 - 10 am October 29.

October 28 - 2,576 deaths, 95,828 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:25 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,576 coronavirus-related deaths and 95,828 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally,  there have been more than 44.28 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.17 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 29.88 million recoveries.

Update 2:30 pm EST: There have been 675 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 59,434, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 8 confirmed cases. The figure of 59,434 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 309 are men and 364 are women
  • 65% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 35 years old
  • 199 in Dublin, 104 in Cork, 67 in Meath, 50 in Limerick, 41 in Kildare and the remaining 214 cases are spread across another 20 counties

As of 2 pm today, 328 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 41 are in ICU. There have been 19 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been six more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,896.

There have been 14,239 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on October 27. The 14-day (ending at midnight on October 27) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 299.0. 

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Everyone must be aware of the actions they should take if they have symptoms or are awaiting a test or if they are a contact of a confirmed case.

"If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must self isolate and phone your GP for further advice.

"If you have been referred for a test or are awaiting a test result, you must self isolate.

"If you are a confirmed case of COVID-19 you must self isolate for 10 days.

"If you are identified or have identified yourself as a close contact of a confirmed case, you must restrict your movements.

"Stay informed on the public health advice around COVID-19 and be prepared to protect yourself and those around you."

Update 11:10 am EST: There are 840 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 36,394, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 484,793 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 6,255 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been nine more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 680. All nine of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 27 - 10 am October 28.

October 27 - 2,561 deaths, 94,321 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:25 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,561 coronavirus-related deaths, and 94,321 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 43.78 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.16 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 29.27 million recoveries.

Update 1:40 pm EST: There have been 720 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 58,767, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 20 confirmed cases. The figure of 58,767 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 348 are men and 371 are women
  • 65% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 32 years old
  • 228 in Dublin, 130 in Cork, 47 in Galway, 31 in Meath, 27 in Limerick and the remaining 257 cases are spread across another 20 counties

As of 2pm today (Tuesday), 341 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 38 are in ICU. There have been 29 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,890.

There have been 14,648 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on October 26. The 14-day (ending at midnight on October 26) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 307.6. 

Update 12:20 pm EST: There are 722 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 35,554, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 481,071 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 6,493 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been 13 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 671. All thirteen of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 26 - 10 am October 27.

October 26 - 2,543 deaths, 92,899 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:25 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,543 coronavirus-related deaths, and 92,899 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 43.23 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.15 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 29.02 million recoveries.

Update 2:00 pm EST: There have been 939 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 58,067, according to Ireland's Department of Health

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 444 are men and 483 are women
  • 66% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 32 years old
  • 262 in Dublin, 96 in Cork, 61 in Meath, 53 in Galway, 51 in Donegal and the remaining 413 cases are spread across all remaining counties

As of 2 pm today, 341 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 38 are in ICU. There have been 16 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,885.

Update 12:05 pm EST: There are 727 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 34,832, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 476,753 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 6,828 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 658. All five of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 25 - 10 am October 26.

October 25

Update 1:40 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,025 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 57,128. 

There were no further COVID-19-related deaths reported in Ireland on Sunday as the country's death toll remained at 1,882. 

There are currently 319 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitals with 38 patients requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases, 71% were under the age of 45, while 255 were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 147 were reported in Cork, 77 in Galway, 54 in Kildare, 53 in Donegal and the remaining 439 cases were diagnosed across 21 counties.

There have now been 91,233 confirmed cases of the virus on the island of Ireland and 2,535. 

Update 9:45 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 896 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infected in the region to 34,105. 

The Department also announced an additional eight coronavirus-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll to 653. 

There are currently 317 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Northern Irish hospitals with 37 patients requiring intensive care. Of those 37 patients, 27 require a ventilator. 

There are also 92 confirmed outbreaks in Northern Irish care homes. 

October 24 

Update 12:45 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 859 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 56,108. 

The Department also announced four further coronavirus-related deaths as Ireland's death toll to 1,882. 

Of today's cases, 62% are under the age of 45, while 192 were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 148 cases were reported in Cork, 58 in Donegal, 55 in Galway, 54 in Monaghan, with 352 cases were spread across 21 remaining counties.

There are currently 315 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Irish hospitals with 37 patients in intensive care.

There have now been 89,317 confirmed cases of the virus on the island of Ireland and 2,527 deaths. 

Update 9:20 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced  923 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 33,209. 

The Department also announced six further COVID-19-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 645. 

There are currently 309 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Irish hospitals with 34 patients in intensive care. Of those 34 patients, 27 require a ventilator. 

There are also 92 confirmed outbreaks in Northern Irish nursing homes. 

Despite the high level of cases and hospitalizations, Health Minister Robin Swann has claimed that Northern Ireland is beginning to "turn the corner" during the second wave of COVID-19. 

He said that the infection rate has slowed since last week as a result of the region's strict coronavirus regulations. 

"Whilst we are sadly reporting a number of deaths each day now, and R remains above one both for cases and hospital admissions, it does appear that Northern Ireland may be beginning to turn the corner on this wave," he told the Stormont Assembly on Friday.

October 23 - 2,517 deaths, 87,547 cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:45 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,517 coronavirus-related deaths and 87,547 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 41.99 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.14 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 28.42 million recoveries.

Update 1:05 pm EST: There have been 777 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 55,261, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 8 confirmed cases. The figure of 55,261 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 434 are men / 340 are women
  • 66% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 33 years old
  • 182 in Dublin, 81 in Galway, 44 in Wexford, 42 in Meath, 41 in Cork and the remaining 387 cases are spread across 21 remaining counties

As of 2 pm today, 319 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 37 are in ICU. There have been 24 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been seven more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,878.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "15,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 14 days. It is vital for everyone with a recent diagnosis to self-isolate for the full 10 days to protect the people they live with, the people they love, and people in their communities from this highly infectious disease. Self-isolate means stay at home, stay in your room as much as possible, stay away from other people, including those in your household.

"If you live with someone who has COVID-19 or you have been told that you are a close contact, you must restrict your movements for a full 14 days. Stay at home - don’t go to work, don’t go to school.

"I appeal to everyone to behave as though you are a close contact. Stay at home, other than for essential reasons. Now is the time to use our reserves of energy and dig deep in our efforts to follow the public health advice – keep your distance, wash your hands, and wear a face covering. Play your part to break the chains of transmission across families, neighbours, and communities."

The Republic of Ireland is currently on Level 5 of the Irish government's Framework for Restrictive Measures.

Update 9:45 am EST: There are 1,252 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 32,286, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 465,868 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 6,893 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 639. All five of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 22 - 10 am October 23.

October 22 - 2,505 deaths, 85,510 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:0 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,505 coronavirus-related deaths and 85,510 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 41.47 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.13 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 28.19 million recoveries.

Update 1:50 pm EST: There have been 1,066 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 54,476, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 12 confirmed cases. The figure of 54,476 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 536 are men / 528 are women
  • 67% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 32 years old
  • 244 in Dublin, 104 in Galway, 98 in Cork, 92 in Meath and the remaining 528 cases are spread across all remaining counties

As of 2 pm today, 313 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 37 are in ICU. There have been 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 14,404 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on October 21. The 14-day (ending at midnight on October 21) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 302.5. 

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,871.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "We are now in Level 5 because the disease is at very serious levels in our country and posing a significant risk to public health.

"We all need to stay at home, except for essential work and exceptional circumstances. If you are a confirmed case self-isolate at home, if you are a close contact of a confirmed case restrict your movements at home, if you are experiencing symptoms or believe you are a close contact - restrict your movements and contact your GP."

Dr. Heather Burns, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "The 14-day incidence was at 3 per 100,000 at the end of June - today it is 302 per 100,000 population. The risk of you being exposed to COVID-19 is now 100 times greater than it was 4 months ago. Please limit your risk by staying at home and following public health advice."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: "The reproduction number is 1.3 - 1.4 nationally. Our collective goal now is to suppress transmission of the virus and bring our case numbers to manageable levels. If we work hard together to get the reproduction number to 0.5, we should succeed in reducing cases to below 100 a day in six weeks' time."

Dr. Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, said today: "Based on our experience, widespread community transmission results in spread to vulnerable groups in congregated settings. The single most effective measure to protect vulnerable groups, including nursing homes, is to reduce community transmission significantly. Every one of us has a role to play to achieve this."

Today is the first day of Level 5 restrictions across the Republic of Ireland. You can read more here.

Update 1:00 pm EST: There are 1,042 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 31,034, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 460,594 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 6,753 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 634. Four of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 21 - 10 am October 22, and one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

October 21 - 2,497 deaths, 83,414 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:05 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,497 coronavirus-related deaths and 83,414 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 41.03 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.12 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 27.97 million recoveries.

Update 3:00 pm EST: The Republic of Ireland is effectively going back into lockdown from midnight tonight as it enters Level 5 of the Irish government's Framework for Restrictive Measures. You can read more about what comes into effect tonight here.

Update 12:55 pm EST: There have been 1,167 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 53,422, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 53,422 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 538 are men / 627 are women
  • 64% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 33 years old
  • 263 in Dublin, 142 in Meath, 137 in Cork, 86 in Cavan and the remaining 539 cases are spread across all remaining counties

As of 2 pm today, 314 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 34 are in ICU. There have been 27 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,868.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "The behaviour of every individual is the most effective defence we have against the spread of COVID-19.

"Everyone needs to stay at home, other than for essential reasons. Follow the public health advice and treat everyone that you come into contact with as though they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 – keep your distance, avoid meeting others.

"We are facing a big challenge, but we have faced this challenge before, and that means we know how to suppress this virus, by following the public health advice in everything we do."

Update 12:00 pm EST: There are 1,039 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 29,992, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 455,957 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 6,791 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 629. Four of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 20 - 10 am October 21, and one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

October 20 - 2,489 deaths, 81,209 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:45 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,489 coronavirus-related deaths and 81,209 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 40.61 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.12 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 27.76 million recoveries.

Update 12:35 pm EST: There have been 1,269 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 52,256, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 6 confirmed cases. The figure of 52,256 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:

  • 657 are men / 609 are women
  • 63% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 34 years old
  • 221 in Meath, 203 in Dublin, 116 in Cork, 80 in Cavan and 649 and the remaining 649 cases are spread across all remaining counties

There have been 13,299 new cases during the last 14 days, ending midnight October 19, 2020.

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (14 days to midnight October 19, 2020) is 279.3.

As of 2 pm today, 312 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 34 are in ICU. There have been 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 13 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,865.

Update 11:35 am EST: There are 913  newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 28,953, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 451,068 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 6,850 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll to 624. Two of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 19 - 10 am October 20, and one occurred outside of the current reporting period.

Update 6:00 am: Ireland's leading politicians to discuss a new system of fines for those in breach of the latest COVID-19 restrictions, including mask-wearing.

It's expected that Ireland's government will give approval for a series of fine for those in. breach of the new countrywide "Level 5" coronavirus lockdown. The new restrictions will come into operation from midnight on Wednesday.

Under the new restrictions, the public are called on to stay within 5 km (3 miles) of their home. The government guidelines state "there will be a penalty for movement outside 5km of home, with exemptions to this for essential work and essential purposes."

Under the new restrictions, only essential retail outlets will remain open during the six-week period.

Construction work will continue while most manufacturing will remain open. Schools will also remain open under the move to level 5.

Currently, there are 50,933 coronavirus cases in Ireland and there have been 1,852 deaths.

October 19

Update 16.30 EST: Irish Government implements Level 5 restrictions for six weeks

The Irish Government has agreed to impose Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions across the entire country for six weeks from Wednesday night. 

The Cabinet approved the measures during a lengthy meeting on Monday evening, agreeing to impose the strictest regulations on the Irish Government's Living With COVID plan, effectively introducing a second coronavirus lockdown. 

Ministers had initially sought to impose enhanced Level 4 restrictions, according to several media reports, but asked the Cabinet to ratify Level 5 restrictions after intense negotiations with the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

Read more here. 

Update 1 pm EST: 79,033 cases, 2,473 deaths confirmed on the island of Ireland since February

The Department of Health has announced 1,031 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections past 50,000. 

There have now been 50,993 cases of COVID-19 in Ireland since the outbreak of the virus earlier this year. 

There were no further coronavirus-related deaths reported on Monday as Ireland's death toll remained at 1,852. 

There are currently 298 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitals, up 20 from yesterday, while 34 patients require intensive care. 

Of today's cases, 70% are under the age of 45 while 235 were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere,  232 cases were reported in Cork, 60 in Galway, 47 in Limerick, 47 in Kerry, while the remaining 410 cases were spread across 21 counties.

The announcement comes shortly before the cabinet is set to announce further COVID-19 restrictions in a bid to contain the spread of the virus. Several media reports claim that the cabinet will move Ireland to Level 5, the most severe restrictions on the Living with COVID plan, but nothing has been officially confirmed yet. 

Update 10:30 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 820 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 28,040.

The Department also announced six further COVID-19-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 621. 

All six deaths took place in a hospital setting, with four reported on Sunday and two reported on Monday. Four of the patients were over the age of 80 and two were aged between 60-79, according to the Belfast Telegraph. 

Meanwhile, there are currently 261 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Ireland, with 29 patients requiring intensive care. Of those 29 patients, 25 require a ventilator. 

There are currently 80 confirmed outbreaks of the virus in Northern Irish care homes. 

The latest announcements came on the same day that schools in Northern Ireland shut for two weeks in a bid to contain the spread of the virus. 

The two-week closure, which includes next week's half-term holidays, will last until Nov. 2 when it will be reviewed again. 

Restaurants and cafes in Northern Ireland can only offer takeaway and delivery services for the next four weeks as part of the regulations, while restrictions have also been placed on hotels and beauty salons. 

October 18

Update 12:45 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,283 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 49,962.

The Department also announced three further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 1,852.

Today's figures represent the largest daily increase in news cases in Ireland since the outbreak of the virus earlier this year. 

There are currently 274 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitals with 33 patients requiring intensive care. 

Of today's cases, 68% are under the age of 45, while 408 were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 156 cases were reported in Cork, 88 in Kildare, 80 in Meath, 55 in Limerick, and the remaining 496 cases were reported across 21 counties.

More than 11,000 cases have been reported in Ireland over the past 14 days and former Minister for Health Simon Harris confirmed that the Government would be introducing additional restrictions on Monday. 

"It is clear now the virus is at such a level that a county by county approach is not sufficient. Level 3 has not worked in terms of getting the virus to where it needs to get to," Harris said on RTÉ's The Week in Politics.

He said that the Irish Government is trying to bring in measures that will simultaneously curb the threat of COVID-19 and avoid impacting other areas of public health. 

Minister for Higher Education @SimonHarrisTD says that the Government will take decisive, nationwide action tomorrow to combat #COVID19 #rtetwip pic.twitter.com/MuQZk71lYZ

— The Week in Politics (@rtetwip) October 18, 2020

Update 10:10 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,012 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 27,220. 

There were five further COVID-19-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland on Sunday as the region's death toll rose to 615. 

There are currently 228 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Irish hospitals, with 30 patients requiring intensive care. Of those 30 patients, 23 require a ventilator.

Additionally, there are currently 72 outbreaks of the virus in Northern Irish care homes, while four Northern Irish prison officers have tested positive for the virus. 

October 17

Update 1 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,276 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 48,678. 

There were eight further deaths announced in Ireland on Saturday as the country's death toll rose to 1,849. 

However, of the deaths reported today, two occurred in September, while one occurred in June. The remaining five deaths occurred in October. 

There are currently 249 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitals with 30 patients requiring intensive care. 

Of today's cases, 69% are under the age of 45 while 278 cases were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 149 cases were reported in Cork, 108 in Meath, 107 in Galway, 80 in Wexford, and the remaining 554 cases were reported across 21 other counties.

The leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and the Green Party - the three government parties - met with the National Public Health Emergency Team this evening to discuss NPHET's recommendations to move the entire country to Level 5 restrictions for six weeks. The meeting between Ireland's top politicians and public health officials lasted around three hours. 

Despite the rising number of cases, the Government is still believed to be reluctant to move the country to the most severe restrictions immediately and will suggest adopting Level 4 restrictions before moving to Level 5 if the infection rate doesn't improve. 

The cabinet, which was rumored to be meeting on Saturday night to discuss the recommendations, will not be meeting tonight as it doesn't want to rush any decision on imposing new restrictions. 

Update 10 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,031 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 26,208. 

Two further deaths were also announced as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 610. 

The two deaths were reported in Belfast and Fermanagh. 

There are currently 231 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Irish hospitals with 27 patients in intensive care.

Of those 27 patients, 22 are on a ventilator, while there have been outbreaks in 72 Northern Irish care homes. 

October 16 - 2,449 deaths, 72,604 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:30 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,449 coronavirus-related deaths and 72,604 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 39.06 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.10 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 26.95 million recoveries.

Update 12:45 pm EST: There have been 1,000 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 47,427, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 47,427 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 478 are men / 520 are women
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 31 years old
  • 254 in Dublin, 102 in Meath, 88 in Cork, 81 in Cavan, 75 in Galway and the remaining 400 cases are spread across 20 counties

As of 2 pm today, 246 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 30 are in ICU. 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,841.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "Case numbers are continuing to rise. Right now, we need everyone to cut their social contacts to an absolute minimum. Every time you physically interact with another person, you are providing an opportunity for the virus to spread."

Update 11:20 am EST: There have been 1,299 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 25,177, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 432,679 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 6,708 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll to 608. Both of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 15 - 10 am October 16.

Update 7:25 am EST: The National Public Health Emergency Team in the Republic of Ireland has advised moving the entire country to Level 5 restrictions for six weeks, according to numerous reports. 

The advice was sent in a letter to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly late on Thursday night and will be discussed today in a meeting between government officials and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan. 

The letter does not recommend closing schools, according to RTÉ News. 

There is no cabinet meeting scheduled today with Taoiseach Micheál Martin out of the country at an EU Council meeting, but RTÉ reports that ministers are keen to reach a decision as quickly as possible to avoid uncertainty. 

NPHET's advice came after a record 1,205 new cases were confirmed on Thursday evening in the Republic of Ireland.

Under Level 5 restrictions, bars and restaurants would be restricted to takeaway and delivery services only. They currently offer outdoor dining for up to 15 customers. 

All sports events, including elite sports like Republic of Ireland soccer internationals and All Ireland hurling and football championships, would be canceled. 

People would also be expected to stay within 5km of their own home under the new restrictions, although sources say that this may be tweaked. 

All gatherings, outdoor or indoor, would be banned, except for weddings and funerals. 

October 15 - 2,444 deaths, 70,307 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:30 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,444 coronavirus-related deaths and 70,307 cases of coronavirus confirmed between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 38.70 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.09 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 26.74 million recoveries.

Update 1:55 pm EST: There have been 1,205 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 46,429, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 19 confirmed cases. The figure of 46,429 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 614 are men / 590 are women
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 34 years old
  • 288 in Dublin, 173 Cork, 123 in Meath, 97 in Galway, 63 in Cavan and the remaining 461 cases are spread across all remaining countie

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today. There has been a total of 1,838 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of 2 pm today, 241 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 29 are in ICU. There have been 24 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 9,843 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on October 14. The 14-Day (ending at midnight on October 14) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 206.7.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "There have been further increases across all key indicators of COVID-19 and the growth rate of the epidemic has accelerated since NPHET last met.

"Cases notified over the past week have increased by 82% compared with the previous 7 days, from 3,514 to 6,382 cases.

"The positivity rate over the past 7 days is now 6.2% and is continuing to increase.

"The 14-day incidence in those aged 65 years and older has increased from 92.9 per 100,000 population on 7 October to 125 per 100,000 population on 14 October.

"The number of hospitalisations are increasing faster than the exponential growth modelling predicted. This indicates a rapidly deteriorating disease trajectory nationally."

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "There is now a deteriorating epidemiological landscape across the EU. Many EU countries are experiencing increasing hospitalisations, ICU admissions and deaths related to COVID-19.

"Our priorities remain focused on protecting the medically and socially vulnerable, protecting childcare and education settings and preventing unnecessary disruption to non-COVID health and social care services."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: "The reproduction number appears to have increased and is now at 1.4 nationally. Modelling shows that if current trends continue, by October 31st, the number of cases notified daily would be in the range of 1,800 – 2,500 cases with over 400 people in hospital."

Dr. Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, said today: "The challenge we have now is much greater than earlier this year, as we are trying to suppress COVID-19 while maintaining our non-COVID services and providing safe environments in our acute settings.

"The higher the community transmission the more difficult it is to protect medically vulnerably people in all heathcare settings. We appeal to everyone to play their part in protecting patients, healthcare workers, and frontline services."

Update 11:15 pm EST: There are 763 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 23,878, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 426,399 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 6,394 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been four more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 606. All four of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 14 - 10 am October 15.

October 14 - 2,437 deaths, 68,358 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 6:00 pm EST: While Donegal, Cavan, and Monaghan are being elevated to Level 4, the rest of the Republic of Ireland is coming under additional restrictions within Level 3. You can read more here.

Update 4:20 pm EST: In a press briefing this evening, Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed that Counties Donegal, Monaghan, and Cavan will be elevated to Level 4 from tomorrow night until November 10.

The news comes as Northern Ireland today announced that it will be placed under new restrictions beginning Friday, October 16.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirms that counties Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan will be moving to Level 4 of Covid-19 restrictions. | Live updates: https://t.co/UhLze9SGVL pic.twitter.com/ac4iMHVYF2

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) October 14, 2020

Update 2:40 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,437 coronavirus-related deaths and 68,358 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally,  there have been more than 38.32 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.08 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 26.53 million recoveries.

Update 1:45 pm EST: There have been 1,095 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 45,243, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 11 confirmed cases. The figure of 45,243 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 529 are men / 552 are women
  • 70% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 31 years old
  • 246 in Dublin, 185 in Meath, 128 in Cavan, 118 in Cork, 63 in Kildare and the remaining 342 cases are spread across all remaining counties

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today. There has been a total of 1,835 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of 2 pm today, 232 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 30 are in ICU. There have been 9 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

There have been 9,079 new cases for the past 14 days ending at midnight on October 13. The 14-Day (ending at midnight on October 13) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 190.7.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "Today, we again report a daily new confirmed case figure over 1,000. This situation is extremely concerning. Every single one of us has a role to play.

"We each need to reduce contact with other people as much as possible, so that means staying at home, working from home where possible, practising physical distancing and stopping discretionary socialising."

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "People must now make choices. Stop meeting up in groups, stop socialising, stop organising play dates, parties and other social activities. People must recognise that the disease is a direct threat to themselves and their families. Now is the time for each of us to act."

The Republic of Ireland is currently on Level 3 of the Irish government’s Framework for Restrictive Measures.

Update 11:50 am EST: The Northern Ireland Executive today announced that the region will come under new, tighter COVID restrictions beginning this Friday, October 16. You can read more here.

Update 11:05 am EST: There are 1,217 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 23,115, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 422,349 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 6,693 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been four more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 602. Two deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 13 - 10 am October 14, while three occurred outside of the current reporting period.

October 13 - 2,428 deaths, 66,057 cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:20 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,428 coronavirus-related deaths and 66,057 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 37.96 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.08 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 26.33 million recoveries.

Update 1:35 pm EST: There have been 811 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 44,159, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 415 are men / 396 are women
  • 70% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 30 years old
  • 190 in Dublin, 141 in Cork, 62 in Wexford, 51 in Kerry, 50 in Clare, and the remaining 317 cases are spread across all remaining counties

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,830.

As of 2 pm today, 234 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 32 are in ICU. There have been 22 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today:  "We have widespread community transmission in the country. The spread of COVID-19 is a whole population issue, which is why we’re appealing to every single individual, every single family, household, organisation, workplace, to act on public health advice. You are the frontline defence against this disease."

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "If we see community transmission patterns continuing to grow, we’re going to see more vulnerable groups being infected and the result of that, unfortunately will be further hospitalisations and deaths. Limiting your contacts, avoiding crowds and following basic public health measures will ultimately save lives."

The Republic of Ireland is currently on Level 3 of the Irish government’s Framework for Restrictive Measures.

Update 12:15 pm EST: There are 863 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 21,898, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 415,811 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 6,286 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

There have been seven more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 598. Four deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 12 - 10 am October 13, while three occurred outside of the current reporting period.

October 12

Update 14.55pm EST: The Republic of Ireland's Department of Health has reported 825 new coronavirus cases and one virus-related death on Monday. While in the North of Ireland 877 new cases and three COVID-related deaths were reported.

In the Republic a breakdown shows that 254 of the new cases are reported in Dublin, 147 in Cork, 39 are in Cavan, 38 in Donegal, 37 in Kildare and the remaining 310 cases are spread across 20 other counties. 

The Health Service Executive has reported that there are currently 224 being treated and 32 of these patients are in intensive care. There have now been a total of 43,531 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland, and 1,827 virus-related deaths.

In Northern Ireland, three further COVID-related deaths were reported along with 877 new cases. This brings the regions cases tally to 21,035 with 591 deaths. There are currently 140 patients in hospital in Northern Ireland with COVID-19, including 22 in intensive care. 

As numbers in the north continue to rise Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster said heavier restrictions are "not inevitable". Other politicians also questioned the need for a region-wide lockdown.

However, the Republic of Ireland's Chief Medical Officer has said the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) wants to work as closely as possible with Northern Ireland to try and control transmission.

Dr Holohan commeted that incidence in Northern Ireland is much higher than in south of the border and the doubling times of cases are shorter. He added that both have the same objectives to interrupt the pattern of transmission. He stressed his concern over the increase in numbers in Ireland's border counties, including Donegal and Cavan. 

Sunday, October 11 

Update 1 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 814 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 42,528. 

The Department also announced two further coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday as Ireland's death toll rose to 1,826. 

Of today's cases, 70% of people were under the age of 45, while 226 were confirmed in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, 77 cases were reported in Cork, 64 in Galway, 56 in Donegal, 48 in Meath, while the remaining 343 cases were spread across 21 counties. 

There are now 201 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitals with 30 patients requiring intensive care. That figure represents the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Ireland since May 28. 

Earlier in the day, HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said that COVID-19 was "worsening at pace" in Ireland and urged everyone to play their part in protecting the vulnerable members of society. 

#COVID19 is worsening at pace.We all need to get real & play our part to protect patients & our healthcare workers.Increased hospital cases leads to more people in ICU & cancelling heart, cancer & other care.Let's turn this around quickly by doing the right thing today.@HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) October 11, 2020

There have now been 62,686 cases of the virus on the island of Ireland since late February and 2,414 deaths.

Update 9:20 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 1,066 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in the region to 20,158. 

One further death was recorded in the region as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 588. 

A total of 5,909 cases have been diagnosed in the past seven days. 

There are currently 137 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Irish hospitals with 19 patients in intensive care.

October 10

Update 3 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 1,012 cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 41,714.

The Department also announced three further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 1,824.

Of today's cases, 71% are under the age of 45, while 241 cases were reported in Dublin. 

Elsewhere, a total of 112 cases were confirmed in Cork, 80 cases were diagnosed in Cavan, 72 were reported in Meath, and 66 in Galway. The remaining 441 cases were spread across 21 counties. 

Today's figures represent the third-highest number of daily cases confirmed in Ireland since the outbreak of the virus and the two highest daily totals included hundreds of backdated cases that had been sent to a lab in Germany to deal with a backlog. 

There were also 199 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitalsas of 2 pm on aturday, the highest number of hospitalizations since early June. Of those 199 patients, 31 require intensive care. 

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said on Twitter that he was concerned about today's figures.

"I am very worried about the numbers we are seeing and how quickly they are deteriorating. All of today’s 1,012 cases were notified to @hpscireland
 over a period of 24 hours up to midnight," Holohan said on Twitter. 

I am very worried about the numbers we are seeing and how quickly they are deteriorating.

All of today’s 1,012 cases were notified to @hpscireland over a period of 24 hours up to midnight.

All of the important indicators of the disease are deteriorating...
(1/3) https://t.co/b9bij8DRE4

— Dr Tony Holohan (@CMOIreland) October 10, 2020

There have now been 60,806 confirmed cases of the virus on the island of Ireland and 2,411 deaths. 

Update 9:10 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 902 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in the region to 19,092. 

There were no further deaths announced on Saturday as Northern Ireland's death toll remained at 587. 

A total of 5,745 people have tested positive for the virus over the past seven days in Northern Ireland and there are currently 134 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Northern Irish hospitals with 19 patients requiring intensive care.

There are currently 36 outbreaks of the virus in Northern Irish care homes, according to the Belfast Telegraph. 

A total of 1,857 people have been discharged from hospital after recovering from COVID-19 since the outbreak of the virus. 

October 9 - 2,408 deaths, 58,893 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:55 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,408 coronavirus-related deaths, and 58,893 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 36.68 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.06 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 25.50 million recoveries.

Update 1:25 pm EST: There have been 617 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 40,703, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 310 are men / 307 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • 33% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 72 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 123 in Dublin, 107 in Cork, 42 in Meath, 36 in Kerry, 35 in Galway and the remaining 274 cases are located across 21 counties

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today. There has been a total of 1,821 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,821 deaths reflects this.)

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "The profile of the disease continues to deteriorate. There have been an additional 32 hospitalisations and 8 ICU admissions in the past 24 hours. We are continuing to see a high number of daily cases.

"It is vital that we interrupt the transmission of the virus now.

"NPHET continues to monitor the situation. However, it is early individual action that is needed to suppress the virus. Please follow public health advice and do your part to make an impact on the disease."

The Republic of Ireland is currently on Level 3 of the Irish government’s Framework for Restrictive Measures.

Update 9:20 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has confirmed 1,080 new cases of the coronavirus, the highest daily total recorded in the region since the beginning of the pandemic. 

A total of 5,272 cases have been diagnosed in Northern Ireland over the past seven days, taking the total number of infections in the region to 18,190. 

The Department of Health reported no further deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll remains at 587. 

There are currently 132 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Northern Irish hospitals, with 16 patients requiring intensive care.

Elsewhere, Sinn Féin Vice President and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Michelle O'Neill is currently self-isolating after a close family member tested positive for the virus. O'Neill is set to undergo a coronavirus test in the coming days.

October 8 - 2,404 deaths, 57,196 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:25 pm EST: Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs today announced that effective Monday, October 12, there will be no countries on its Green List for travel. The current Green List, which only includes four countries, remains in effect through the weekend.

You can read more here.

Update 1:30 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,404 coronavirus-related deaths and 57,196 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 36.28 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.05 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 25.28 million recoveries.

Update 1:00 pm EST: There have been 506 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 40,086, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the cases notified today in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 240 are men / 265 are women
  • 64% are under 45 years of age
  • 39% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 59 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 91 in Dublin, 76 in Cork, 53 in Donegal, 42 in Meath and the remaining 244 cases are located across 21 counties

There has been one more coronavirus-related death reported today in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,817.

The Republic of Ireland is currently on Level 3 of the Irish government’s Framework for Restrictive Measures.

Update 11:50 am EST: Michelle O'Neill, the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, said in a tweet today that the region's joint heads of government have requested an "urgent conversation with Boris Johnson" as the situation in Northern Ireland "is worsening at an alarming rate."

As joint heads of government we have asked again for an urgent conversation with Boris Johnson.
It is clear that our situation is worsening at an alarming rate. We are past the point of warnings. We need financial support for families, workers and businesses immediately.

— Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) October 8, 2020

Update 11:40 am EST: There are 923 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 17,110, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

4,674 individuals have tested positive in Northern Ireland in the last seven days.

To date, 388,624 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 

There has been one more coronavirus-related death reported in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 587. The newly-reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 7 - 10 am October 8.

October 7 - 2,402 deaths, 55,771 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:45 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,402 coronavirus-related deaths and 55,771 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 35.98 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.05 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 25.03 million recoveries.

Update 1:20 pm EST: There have been 611 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 39,584, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 303 are men / 305 are women
  • 59% are under 45 years of age
  • 50% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 83 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 218 in Dublin, 63 in Cork, 60 in Donegal, 35 in Galway, 31 in Kildare, and the remaining 204 are located across 21 counties.

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths reported today in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,816.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “All key indicators of the disease have deteriorated further in the three days since the last meeting of NPHET on Sunday 4th October. COVID-19 is spreading in our community in a very worrying manner. We have to break these chains of transmission.

“80 COVID-19 cases were hospitalised in August, 206 in September and 77 so far in October.

“In August, 4 COVID-19 related deaths in total were reported, 34 in September and today on the 7th of October we report 8 COVID-19 related deaths this month.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “Trends in case numbers and incidence are now being reflected in indicators of disease severity. The number of people in hospital has increased from 122 last Thursday to 156 this afternoon. There are currently 25 people in critical care compared to 20 one week ago.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: “Case numbers and hospitalisations are growing exponentially. The Reproductive number is now estimated at 1.2. If we fail to reduce viral transmission nationwide immediately, we could see 1,100 – 1,500 cases per day and 300-450 people in hospital by November 7th.”

As of midnight last night, all of the Republic of Ireland is on Level 3 of the government’s Framework for Restrictive Measures. You can read more about what that means here.

Update 11:15 am EST: There are 828 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 16,187, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

4,417 individuals have tested positive in the last seven days.

To date, 382,841  individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one more coronavirus-related death reported in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 586.

October 6 - 2,394 deaths, 54,332 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 3:45 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,394 coronavirus-related deaths and 54,332 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 35.62 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.04 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 24.580 million recoveries.

Update 1:30 pm EST: There have been 432 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 38,973, according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 8 confirmed cases. The above figure of 38,973 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 218 are men / 214 are women
  • 62% are under 45 years of age
  • 48% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 60 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 111 in Dublin, 51 in Donegal, 41 in Cork, 32 in Clare and the remaining 197 are located across 20 counties.

There has been one more coronavirus-related death reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,811.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “It is essential that there is a broad societal effort over the coming weeks. Every one of us has the power to interrupt the spread of this virus and now is a vital time to use it.

“Focus on what you can do; wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering, keep your distance from others, avoid crowds, limit your social network, know the symptoms and what to do if you experience them or are a close contact of a confirmed case.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “If you experience a cough, fever, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste or smell please isolate and phone you GP without delay. Do not go to work and try not to interact with others. This is a vital action if we are to break the chains of transmission.”

The entire Republic of Ireland will be elevated to Level 3 of the Framework for Restrictive Measures effective tonight at midnight. You can read more about what that entails here.

Update 11:50 am EST: Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann today launched a new COVID-19 Surge Planning Strategic Framework for Northern Ireland.

The Framework provides the overall structure and parameters within which HSC Trusts will develop plans for managing the response to COVID-19 in the event of further waves.

Key initiatives detailed in the Framework include:

  • The establishment of a regional cancer reset cell to oversee the resumption of screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients in clinically safe environments as quickly as possible, and to protect these services as much as possible in the event of further potential surges of COVID-19; 
  • Action to capture learning in relation to care homes to mitigate future transmission of the virus in those setting.
  • Establishing dedicated centres for day case and orthopaedic procedures.
  • The continued availability of the critical care capacity at NI’s first Nightingale facility at Belfast City Hospital’s Tower Block. The additional ICU capacity at the City Hospital’s Nightingale facility will only be needed in the event of an extreme surge in demand for intensive care. The Tower Block will remain a protected site for cancer and other specialist surgery for as long possible.
  • The additional step down capacity at NI’s second Nightingale facility at Whiteabbey hospital.

Minister Swann said in an address to the Assembly today: “I urge everyone across the community to go that extra mile this winter by following the guidance on infection prevention and not to let our guard slip.”

The Minister warned MLAs that the health and social care system is facing “a huge and daunting challenge” in what is expected to be the most challenging period in its history.

“We must as a system try to rebuild services; manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; embed innovation and transformation; address winter pressures and plan for the future – all at the same time.

“We demonstrated during the first COVID-19 wave – and despite the limited time to prepare – that we are up to the challenge. It is due to the dedication of all our health and social care staff that anyone who has contracted this terrible virus has had access to the best possible care. I am determined that this will continue to be the case.”

Update 11:35 am EST: There are 669 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 15,359, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 376,838 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one more coronavirus-related death reported in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 585. The newly-reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am October 5 - 10 am October 6.

October 5 - 2,394 deaths, 53,239 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 4:10 pm EST: Taoiseach Micheál Martin announces that all of the Republic of Ireland will be moved to Level 3 for at least three weeks from Wednesday night at midnight.

WATCH: Taoiseach Micheál Martin makes statement on moving entire country to Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions | https://t.co/nPM6fe3aXF https://t.co/szQJvmiHeq

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) October 5, 2020

Update 3:12 pm EST: According to RTE News, the Irish government has agreed to place the whole country on Level 3 restrictions effective from midnight tomorrow night.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is due to address the nation within the hour. Stay tuned for updates.

Update 1:35 pm EST: Ireland's Taoiseach Micheál Martin is set to make a national address tonight at 9 pm local time / 4 pm EST where he is expected to announce that the rest of the Republic of Ireland will be elevated to Level 3 from Level 2.

Counties Donegal and Dublin are already on Level 3.

It is understood that the decision to move the country to Level 3 is in contrast to Ireland's National Public Health Emergency Team's (NPHET's) official advice to move the entire country to Level 5.

You can read more about the Irish government's five-level Framework for Restrictive Measures, which was unveiled on September 15, here.

Update 1:15 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,394 coronavirus-related deaths and 53,239 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 35.27 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.03 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 24.55 million recoveries.

Update 1:05 pm EST: There have been 518 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 38,549 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 38,549 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 252 are men and 266 are women
  • 68% are under 45 years of age
  • 30% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 78 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 134 are in Dublin, 53 in Cork, 49 in Limerick, 34 in Donegal, 32 in Meath and the remaining 216 cases are spread across 20 counties

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland today; the death toll in the country remains at 1,810.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "We have seen in recent days a significant and concerning deterioration in the epidemiological situation nationally.

"It is vital that we do everything in our power now to arrest the current trajectory nationally and very substantially suppress the virus back down to a low level of transmission in advance of the winter months.

"Do not become distracted from the core public health messages; wash hands regularly, keep your distance, wear face coverings where appropriate, avoid crowded environments, cut your social contacts down to minimum levels, know the symptoms and isolate yourself and contact your GP immediately if you experience them."

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Our core priorities have to be protected. We must work together to keep our non-COVID health services open, keep our children in education and protect the lives of the most vulnerable to this disease.

"Solidarity is now more important than ever as we work to once again suppress this virus in our communities."

Update 11:20 am EST: There are 616 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 14,690, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 372, 267 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today; the death toll in the region remains at 584.

Robin Swann, Northern Ireland's Minister for Health, said today that he is urging young people to download the StopCOVID NI app and to get their parents to do it too.

Minister Swann said: “We surpassed a number of milestones last week that quite frankly we didn’t want to meet. In the last seven days, almost 3,300 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Northern Ireland. This figure is staggering and we must take action today.

“I know parents are normally asking teenagers to come off their phones but today I am appealing to young people to go on to their phone and download the StopCOVID NI app now. And if your parents haven’t downloaded the app yet then persuade them to get it too.”

He added: “Most people who are infected don’t have symptoms and don’t know they are infected and can inadvertently pass the virus on to others. This is why it’s so important that as many people as possible are using the StopCOVID app and can therefore be alerted if they come into contact with someone who has tested positive. Once alerted the person can protect their family and friends by self-isolating.

“We’re seeing an increasing number of young people test positive for Covid-19 so it’s particularly important that younger people start using the app. This along with all the other public health advice will go some way in helping limit the spread of the virus that is present in our communities.”

The StopCOVID NI app is available on Google and Apple.

October 4

Update 1:10 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 364 newly-confirmed cases of the cornavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 38,032. 

There were no further COVID-19-related deaths reported on Sunday as Ireland's death toll remains at 1,810. 

Of totday's cases, 74% were under the age of 45, while 100 cases were confirmed in Dublin. 

A further 55 cases were confirmed in Cork and an additional 31 cases were announced in Donegal. 

Elsewhere, 24 cases were reported in Limerick, 23 in Galway, 17 in Clare, 14 in Sligo, 13 in Roscommon, 10 in Kerry, eight in Tipperary, eight in Wicklow, seven in Kildare, six in Kilkenny, six in Offaly, five in Cavan, five in Mayo, five in Meath, with the remaining 27 cases in nine counties.

There are currently 134 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitals with 21 patients requiring intensive care. 

The National Public Health Emergency Team met on Sunday to discuss rising cases in Ireland amid rumors that NPHET could possibly recommend stricter COVID-19 regulations. 

Dr. Tony Holohan returned to his role as Chief Medical Officer when he chaired the NPHET meeting. 

RTÉ reports that the Government is seriously concerned about the rising number of daily coronavirus cases. 

There have now been 52,106 confirmed cases of the virus on the island of Ireland since late February in addition to 2,394. 

Update 11:50 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 462 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 14,074. 

The Department also announced one further coronavirus-related death as Northern Ireland's to 584. 

There are currently 65 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Northern Irish hospitals with nine patients in intensive care. 

October 3

Update 1:15 pm EST: The Department of Health has confirmed 613 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 37,668.

The Department also announced ten further COVID-19-related deaths as Ireland's death toll rose to 1,811. 

Eight of the deaths reported today were recorded before September. 

Earlier in the day, Professor Philip Nolan of the National Public Health Emergency Team warned that Ireland could see 1,300 new cases every day by the end of October based on current projections. He additonally said that there could be 400 people in hospital by the end of the month. 

There are currently 118 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Irish hospitals with 20 patients requiring intensive care.

Nolan said cases have been growing at a rate of 4% per day since June 23, when nine cases were announced. 

Of today's 613 new cases, 224 were announced in Dublin, 58 were announced in Donegal, 46 were confirmed in Cork, and 44 were recorded in Kildare. 

Elsewhere, 31 cases were announced in Limerick, 28 in Laois, 21 in Kerry, 19 in Galway, 17 in Clare, 13 in Meath, 12 in Louth, 12 in Monaghan, nine in Offaly, nine in Tipperary, nine in Wicklow, eight in Cavan, eight in Wexford, seven in Carlow, seven in Sligo, seven in Roscommon, six in Mayo, five in Kilkenny, five in Westmeath, with the remaining seven cases in three counties.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said that today's figures represented a continued escalation in COVID-19 cases in Ireland and encouraged vulnerable members of the community to take precautions. 

"The numbers being reported today and over the past week represent a significant escalation in the profile of Covid-19 in Ireland.

"For those aged 70+ and those who are medically vulnerable to Covid-19, it is strongly recommended that you should limit the number of people you meet to a very small core group of family members, carers or friends, for short periods of time, while remaining physically distant.

There have now been 51,280 confirmed cases of the virus on the island of Ireland and 2,394 deaths since the virus was first confirmed at the end of February. 

Update 9:50 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 726 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in the region to 13,612. 

The Health Department announced one further coronavirus-related death as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 583. 

There are currently 65 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Irish hospitals with nine patients requiring intensive care. 

Health Minister Robin Swann said that he was left "floored" on Friday after a record 934 cases were confirmed. 

Swann warned COVID-19 hospitalizations could soon overtake the figures recorded at the peak of the first wave if things did not improve and he urged people to "wise up" and "catch themselves on." 

October 2 - 2,383 deaths, 49,949 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:40 pm EST: There have now been 2,383 coronavirus-related deaths and 49,949 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 34.41 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.02 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 23.90 million recoveries.

Update 1:35 pm EST: There have been 470 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 37,063 according to Ireland's Department of Health.  (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 cases. The figure of 37,063 reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 225 are men and 242 are women
  • 68% are under 45 years of age
  • 40% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 68 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 198 cases are in Dublin, 61 in Cork, 36 in Donegal, 19 in Kildare, 19 in Limerick, 12 in Kerry, 11 in Galway, 11 in Meath, 10 in Roscommon, 9 in Cavan, 9 in Clare, 9 in Kilkenny, 9 in Longford, 9 in Offaly, 9 in Westmeath, 8 in Louth, 7 in Tipperary, 7 in Wexford, with the remaining 17 cases in 7 counties

There has been one more newly-reported coronavirus-related death in the Republic of Ireland. The coronavirus-related death toll in the country is now 1,801. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 6 deaths. The figure of 1,801 reflects this.)

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said today: "The situation nationally is a matter of serious concern and NPHET is now recommending that no more than 2 households should meet at any given time. It is vital that everyone - families, friends and neighbours - limit the opportunities this virus has to move from person to person and stop the spread of the disease across households. Behave as though you have the virus and keep yourself and those around you safe – don’t take a risk by organising or attending gatherings with more than one other household."

Update 9:30 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced a record 934 newly-confirmed cases on the coronavirus, more than double the previous record for new daily infections. 

There have now been 12,886 confirmed infections since the virus was first diagnosed at the end of February. 

The Health Department also confirmed one further death from the virus, taking the region's death toll to 582. 

Northern Ireland's seven-day incidence rate per 100,000 of its population has risen from 69.5 cases a week ago to 139.4 cases today, the Health Department confirmed. 

Michael McBride, Northern Ireland's Chief Medical Officer, has warned the Northern Irish public to prepare for a second lockdown in light of the announcement. 

He hinted that the Northern Ireland Department of Health may implement a short and intensive lockdown, known as a circuit breaker. 

"I do believe that we need to plan and prepare and look at options around a so-called circuit breaker," McBride told the BBC. 

"For us to get through the next number of months we may well need to apply further restrictions, perhaps for a short period of a couple of weeks ... and then if the virus starts to increase again we may need to reapply some of those wider further restrictions."

October 1 - 2,387 deaths, 48,549 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:35 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,387 coronavirus-related deaths and 48,549 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 34.09 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.01 million coronavirus-related deaths and more than 23.69 million recoveries.

Update 1:30 pm EST: There have been 442 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 36,155 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 14 confirmed cases. The figure of 36,155 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 225 are men and 217 are women
  • 67% are under 45 years of age
  • 54% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 69 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 170 cases are in Dublin, 47 in Cork, 28 in Donegal, 23 in Meath, 21 in Galway, 20 in Monaghan, 14 in Clare, 12 in Roscommon, 11 in Laois, 11 in Longford, 10 in Cavan, 10 in Limerick, 10 in Tipperary, 9 in Kildare, 8 in Wicklow, 5 in Louth and 5 in Wexford with the remaining 28 cases in 9 counties

There have been four more newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland. The coronavirus-related death toll in the country is now 1,806.  (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 1,806 reflects this.)

Update 11:25 am EST: There are 259 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 11,952, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 350,314 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland bringing the death toll in the region to 581. Both deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 30 - 10 am October 1.

Update 7:10 am EST: Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan is expected to return to his post next week after temporarily stepping down from the post in July. 

The Irish Times reports that Holohan, who stepped down for family reasons, will return to his position at the head of Ireland's National Public Health Emergency Team. 

Holohan stepped down to spend time with his wife, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She is receiving continued treatment for her illness, according to the Irish Times. 

Holohan consistently advocated for tight restrictions in the fight against COVID-19 and warned the Government against reopening the country too soon. 

He is expected to advocate for tighter restrictions when he returns to his role next week. 

NPHET is meeting today to discuss implementing Level 3 restrictions in several other counties. Dublin and Donegal are already under the more strict restrictions due to a spike in cases in the two counties. 

September 30 - 2,383 deaths, 47,848 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:30 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,383 coronavirus-related deaths and 47,848 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally,  there have been more than 33.74 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 1.00 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 23.44 million recoveries.

Update 1:20 pm EST: There have been 429 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 36,155 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 14 confirmed cases. The figure of 36,155 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:

  • 203 are men and 226 are women
  • 65% are under 45 years of age
  • 45% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 77 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 189 cases are in Dublin, 60 in Cork, 31 in Donegal, 28 in Galway, 18 in Kildare, 15 in Wicklow, 15 in Clare, 12 in Limerick, 9 in Meath, 8 in Louth, 7 in Cavan, 7 in Longford, 6 in Laois, 5 in Offaly, 5 in Westmeath, with the remaining 14 cases in 8 counties

There has been one newly-reported coronavirus-related death in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,804.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "This evening there are 130 people with COVID-19 in hospital – 15 in the last 24 hours. Recently we asked everyone to half their social contacts. Reducing the number of people that we meet - and engaging safely with a small core group - remains the cornerstone of our collective effort to reduce the spread of this virus and its impact on our health and the health of the people that we care about."

Dr. Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, said today: "Community transmission represents the greatest threat to patients and staff in hospitals and residential care facilities. When you are making plans to meet friends and socialise this week, take a minute to consider our healthcare workers, who have been at the frontline since the beginning of the pandemic, in hospitals, in nursing homes and in our homes, caring for those who are ill and those who are the most vulnerable to this highly infectious virus.

"Every time you wear a facemask, wash your hands, cover your coughs and keep your distance, your actions are not only preventing the transmission of the virus, but you are also protecting older and vulnerable people and healthcare workers."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: "The R number is now between 1.2 and 1.4. While we are cautiously optimistic about Dublin, we have seen relatively high case numbers in the last few days, and it will be a number of days yet before the pattern is clear. Case numbers are clearly rising across the country. We need to remain vigilant, to ensure we do not lose the ground that we have gained across the capital city since we moved to Level 3, and to ensure we do not see further deterioration outside the capital."

Dr. Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health, HSE West said today: "I am asking people of all ages to play their part to suppress this virus. It is important for everyone to stay connected, but you need to do this in a safe way, at a distance, and virtually as much as you can. If you have symptoms, stay at home, call your doctor to arrange for a test and let the people that you live with know about it as soon as possible. If you find out that you are close contact, please come forward for testing. Remember that COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease that can have a devastating impact on your health at any age."

Update 11:25 am EST: There are 424 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 11,693, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

424 confirmed cases reported in one day is a record high for Northern Ireland, surpassing yesterday's record high of 320 confirmed cases.

To date, 350,314 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one more coronavirus-related death in Northern Ireland bringing the death toll in the region to 579. The death occurred outside of the current reporting period, 10 am September 29 - 10 am September 30.

September 29 - 2,381 deaths, 47,009 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:55 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,381 coronavirus-related deaths and 47,009 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Update 1:40 pm EST: There have been 363 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 35,740 according to Ireland's Department of Health

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 172 are men and 191 are women
  • 64% are under 45 years of age
  • 47% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 58 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 154 cases are in Dublin, 40 in Cork, 23 in Donegal, 16 in Wexford, 15 in Roscommon, 14 in Galway, 14 in Monaghan, 11 in Kildare, 11 in Meath, 11 in Wicklow, 9 in Limerick, 6 in Clare, 5 in Mayo, 5 in Tipperary, with the remaining 29 cases in 9 counties

There has been one newly-reported coronavirus-related death in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,803.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today:  "Public buy-in and willingness to adhere to public health guidance remains the frontline of our defence against the spread of COVID-19. The vast majority of people continue to take the necessary steps in their everyday activities to protect themselves and others.

"If you start to experience symptoms, stay at home and contact your GP to assess your need for a COVID-19 test as soon as possible. If you have been informed that you are a close contact of someone who has the illness, please don’t meet up with other people, including your family or friends, don’t go to work or college, don’t play sport, and avail of a test when it is offered. I know that these are difficult choices for people to make, but each individual effort will make a significant impact on the spread of this disease and, ultimately, on the numbers of deaths that we can prevent this winter."

Update 11:15 am EST: There are 320 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 11,269, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 345,481 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported today in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 578.

Addressing the Northern Ireland Assembly today, First Minister Arlene Foster announced new restrictions that will come into place tomorrow in the region.

Foster said: "Building on the measures already in place, the Executive agreed last Thursday that a closing time of 11.00 pm should be applied to the hospitality sector. This will come into effect from midnight on Wednesday 30 September 2020, and apply to those parts of the hospitality sectors subject to current regulations, including pubs, bars, restaurants, and cafes as well as hotel and guest house bars.

"No alcohol or food will be served after 10.30 pm and all customers must leave by 11.00 pm.  In practice, this brings the normal closing times forward by half an hour and there will be no late licences."

September 28 - 2,380 deaths and 46,326 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:50 pm EST: As of today, there have been 2,380 coronavirus-related deaths and 46,326 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 33.21 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 999,200 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 22.97 million recoveries.

Update 1:45 pm EST: There have been 390 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to  35,377 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 35,377 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 189 are men and 199 are women
  • 66% are under 45 years of age
  • 36% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 45 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 209 cases are in Dublin, 27 in Cork, 22 in Donegal, 21 in Galway,14 in Kildare, 14 in Monaghan, 7 in Roscommon, 7 in Tipperary, 7 in Waterford, 7 in Wexford, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Longford, 5 in Laois, 5 in Meath, 5 in Offaly, 5 in Sligo, with the remaining 23 cases in 8 counties

No new coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the Republic of Ireland since Saturday, September 26 when five deaths were reported. The coronavirus-related death toll in the Republic of Ireland is 1,802.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "I am asking everyone, but particularly those living and working in Cork, Galway, Monaghan, and Roscommon, to adhere to the public health advice. There is still time to get the virus back under control in these areas, break the chains of transmission, and stop the spread of this highly infectious disease in these communities.

"We know the key actions to take to stay safe, by keeping a 2 metre distance, reducing your social contacts, wearing a face mask, covering coughs and sneezes and staying at home and contacting your GP if you start to feel unwell, you are doing everything you can to take care of yourself and those around you."

Jerick Martin, Healthcare Worker, said today: "I was a fit and healthy man in my thirties, working and enjoying my life. Within five days of experiencing my first symptoms of COVID-19 I was admitted to hospital, where I spent 68 days in intensive care, most of that time on a ventilator, in an induced coma. This disease does not care that you are young, fit, and healthy. It does not care that you have a family who are waiting for you to come home. Anyone can catch it, and anyone can become very sick."

Update 10:40 am EST: There are 220 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 10,949, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 341,633 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

One new coronavirus-related death was reported on Saturday, September 26. The cumulative number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland is 578.

September 25 - 2,374 deaths, 44,538 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:20 pm EST: There have been 326 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 34,315 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 6 confirmed cases. The figure of 34,315 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 162 are men / 152 are women
  • 69% are under 45 years of age
  • 33% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 49 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 152 cases are in Dublin, 32 in Cork, 22 in Donegal, 21 in Galway, 15 in Meath, 11 in Kildare, 9 in Kerry, 8 in Louth, 8 in Westmeath, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Mayo, 6 in Tipperary and 5 in Wexford, with the remaining 25 cases in 8 counties.

There have been no coronavirus-related deaths reported today in the Republic of Ireland. The coronavirus-related death toll in the Republic of Ireland remains at 1,797.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “Today I am asking people everywhere but particularly in Donegal and Dublin to pay special attention to the public health advice.

“I ask every individual to take personal responsibility to prioritise who you need to see, limit the size of your social network and reduce your social contacts over the coming days and weeks.

“Because while there is every chance that other areas will have to move to level 3, there is nothing inevitable about it. We have seen previously how people working together can turn the tide on this virus and bring increasing trajectories back under control.

“Know how valuable your individual actions are. Your choices and your actions are part of how we will succeed.”

As of today, there have been 2,374 coronavirus-related deaths and 44,538 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 32.34 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 984,500 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 22.27 million recoveries.

Update 11:10 am EST: There are 273 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 10,223, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 330,615  individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

No new coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the death toll in the region remains at 577.

September 24 - 2,374 deaths, 43,944 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:35 pm EST: There have been 324 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 33,994 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 6 confirmed cases. The figure of 33,994 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 169 are men and 155 are women
  • 64% are under 45 years of age
  • 52% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 81 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 167 cases are in Dublin, 42 in Donegal, 34 in Cork, 13 in Monaghan, 12 in Kildare, 8 in Cavan, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Meath, 6 in Roscommon and 5 in Wicklow, with the remaining 25 cases in 11 counties

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported today in the Republic of Ireland. The coronavirus-related death toll in the Republic of Ireland is now 1,797.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Public health doctors are coming across more cases arising from people who are close contacts of confirmed cases and are not restricting the movements.

"Remember that COVID-19 is highly contagious and you can be infectious without symptoms. If you are a close contact of a confirmed case please follow the guidelines on hse.ie and restrict your movements for 14 days – do not go to school or work, do not have visitors to your home, do not go to the shop or pharmacy unless it is absolutely necessary.

"Please avail of a test when it is offered. Last week 1 in 10 close contacts who had a test were found to be positive – many of them had no symptoms."

As of today, there have been 2,374 coronavirus-related deaths and 43,944 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 31.96 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 978,000 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 22.01 million recoveries.

Update 11:30 am EST: There are 189 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 9,950, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 326,831 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

No new coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the death toll in the region remains at 577.

September 23

Update 13.15 EST - The Department of Health has been notified of 234 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 33,675.

There were two new deaths bringing the total number of people to have died from the virus in the Repbulic of Ireland to 1,794.

A breakdown of the 234 cases reported today shows that 103 are in Dublin, 30 are in Donegal, 22 in Galway, 21 cases in Cork, 13 in Wicklow, 12 in Louth, nine in Kildare, and eight in Meath. Thirty-four cases have been identified as community transmission, RTE reports.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said: "The single most important thing that people all across the country need to do now is to reduce their social contacts. 

"We all need to cut down on discretionary social activities. Meeting fewer people means fewer opportunities for the virus to transmit. Please prioritise who you choose to meet and try to keep your social network as small as possible."

September 23 - Ireland entering its second wave, warns infectious disease specialist

Professor Sam McConkey, an infectious disease specialist,  has told Oireachtas Special Committee on COVID-19 Response that Ireland is beginning its second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

He added that physical distancing would be needed to "crush the curve" and said it would be impossible to prevent the virus reentering nursing homes if the virus is not controlled in the community. 

The COVID-19 committee were also told by Swedish expert, Dr Johan Gieseck, that the virus should be allowed to spread among people aged under 60 and concentrate on the old and frail with frequent testing of staff and residents in care homes. He told the Irish politicians that the coronavirus pandemic is only at its beginning.

September 22 - 2,369 deaths, 42,985 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:30 pm EST: There have been 334 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 33,444 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 12 confirmed cases. The figure of 33,444 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 158 are men and 175 are women
  • 72% are under 45 years of age
  • 53% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 55 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 174 cases are in Dublin, 34 in Cork, 30 in Kildare, 18 in Donegal, 10 in Galway, 10 in Louth, 6 in Clare, 6 in Mayo, 6 in Meath, 6 in Roscommon, 6 in Waterford, 5 in Limerick, with the remaining 23 spread across 11 counties

There have been no coronavirus-related deaths reported today in the Republic of Ireland; the death toll in the country remains at 1,792.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, the acting Chief Medical Officer for the Republic of Ireland, said today: "Despite accounting for just a quarter of the population, people aged 15 – 34 years of age account for 40% of COVID-19 cases in the past two months. This is not surprising as they are more likely to be moving about in the community, going to school, higher education or work, and keeping our economy and key services going.

"For teenagers and people in their 20s and 30s in particular, I know that what has been, and is being asked of you again is extraordinary. This pandemic has impacted on your education, your employment, your relationships and your social lives. The vast majority have done the right thing – have heeded public health advice and kept themselves and their families safe.

"But the disease is continuing to spread disproportionately among younger people at present. And so, I am asking you to stick with this and continue to follow the public health advice.

"Be a role model for others. Limit the number of people you meet, maintain 2 metres physical distance, wear a face covering, wash your hands well and often. Together, every safe behaviour counts.”

As of today, there have been 2,369 coronavirus-related deaths and 42,985 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 31.49 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 966,500 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 21.54 million recoveries.

Update 11:20 am EST: There are 75 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 9,541, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 317,920 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

No new coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the death toll in the region remains at 577.

September 21

Update 12:50 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 188 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 33,121. 

There were no further deaths in Ireland on Monday as the country's death toll remained at 1,792. 

Of today's cases, 71% were under the age of 45. 

A total of 76 cases were diagnosed in Dublin, while 25 cases were diagnosed in Cork. 

A further 21 cases were reported in Donegal, 16 were confirmed in Kildare, 13 in Galway, and seven were reported in both Roscommon and Waterford. The remaining 23 cases were spread across 12 different counties. 

There are currently 88 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitals, with 16 patients requiring intensive care. 

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn said that Irish people needed to work collectively to curb the spread of the virus. 

"The spirit of the response to Covid-19 since the outset of this pandemic has been solidarity and cooperation. While this pandemic is a uniquely challenging time for everyone, we can and will support one another in getting through this," he said. 

There have now been 42,587 confirmed cases of the virus on the island of Ireland and 2,369 deaths. 

Update 12:30 pm EST: Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster has announced a ban on indoor social meetings between two households, except in the case of two single households meeting in a social bubble and other specific exemptions. 

The new restrictions will come into effect all over Northern Ireland by 6 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 22. 

No more than six people from two different households can gather in a private garden. 

"It is in an environment where we feel safe and relaxed that we drop our guard," Foster said.

"The mixing of households indoors provides one of the best opportunities for the spread of the virus."

She said that this was not a return to lockdown and said that that is not a viable option. 

Update 11 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has reported 125 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 9,466. 

The Department also announced two further deaths from the virus, bringing the death toll in Northern Ireland to 577. 

There are currently 33 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Irish hospitals with five patients requiring intensive care, while there are additionally 30 confirmed outbreaks of the virus in Northern Irish care homes. 

The Stormont Executive has called a special meeting to deal with the rapid rise in new cases with some reports claiming that the Assembly is considering implementing severe restrictions across Northern Ireland rather than the current localized restrictions. 

September 20 

Update 12:30 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 396 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 32,934. 

There were no further deaths announced in Ireland on Saunday as the country's death toll remained at 1,792.

Of the new cases reported today, 241 were announced in Dublin while a further 36 were confirmed in Cork. 

Elsewhere, 19 cases were diagnosed in Donegal, 12 were reported in Galway, and 11 were reported in Meath and Kildare. Nine cases were also reported in Monanaghan, seven cases were recorded in Louth, six each were reported in Clar, Offaly and Waterford, while five were diagnosed in Wicklow. The remaining 27 cases were diagnosed in 12 separate counties.

Of the new cases, 172 are men and 224 are women, while 70% of the cases are under the age of 45. 

Earlier on Sunday, it was reported that 60% of all cases diagnosed this week were reported in Dublin. 

The Irish capital has been moved to level three of the Irish Government's Living with COVID plan to curb the spread of infection. A number of severe restrictions have been imposed to curtail the spread of the virus in the city. 

There are additionally 82 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Irish hospital with 17 patients requiring intensive care and there have now been 42,275 confirmed cases of the virus on the island of Ireland and 2,367 deaths. 

Update 9:45 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced a further 176 cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 9,341. 

There were no further deaths reported on Sunday as Northern Ireland's death toll remained at 575. 

There have been 977 confirmed cases of the virus diagnosed within the past week.

There are currently 21 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Irish hospitals with four of those patients requiring intensive care. 

Additionally, 27 care homes are also dealing with outbreaks of the virus across Northern Ireland. 

Health Minister Robin Swann warned that two-week periods of intense, localized lockdowns could be implemented if cases continue to increase. 

September 19

Update 12:40 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 274 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 32,538. 

There were no further deaths announced in Ireland on Saturday as Ireland's death toll remained at 1,792. 

Of today's cases, 142 were men and 129 were woman, while 65% of all cases were under the age of 45. 

The majority of new cases were diagnosed in Dublin with 21 diagnosed in Cork and 19 diagnosed in Donegal. A further seven cases were diagnosed in both Kildare and Offaly while six cases were confirmed in both Waterford and Wicklow. 

Five cases were diagnosed in each of Limerick, Louth and Meath while the remaining 27 cases were diagnosed in 12 counties. 

There are currently 74 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitals with 16 patients requiring intensive care. 

There have been 41,703 confirmed cases of the virus on the island of Ireland and 2,367 deaths.

Update 9:50 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 222 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 9,165. 

It is the biggest daily rise of cases in Northern Ireland since the virus was first diagnosed on the island. 

No further deathers were reported as Northern Ireland's death toll remained at 575. 

There have now been 913 confirmed infections in Northern Ireland over the past seven days and there are currently 21 confrimed cases of the virus in Northern Irish hospitals with four of those patients requiring intensive care. 

There are also 27 outbreaks of the virus in Northern Irish care homes. 

September 18 -  2,367 deaths and 41,214 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 2:20 pm EST: In his address today, Taoiseach Micheál  Martin said the coronavirus "threat is growing" across Ireland, before annoucning that Co Dublin will be placed under new restrictions. You can read more about Co Dublin's Level 3 restrictions here.

Update 1:30 pm EST: Co Dublin has been moved to Level 3 of the Irish government's Framework plan, effective at midnight tonight. The restrictions will be in place for at least three weeks.

Update 1:05 pm EST: Taoiseach Micheál Martin is delivering an address regarding coronavirus restrictions in the Republic of Ireland:

Taoiseach Micheál Martin statement on additional Covid-19 restrictions | Live updates: https://t.co/3Deurw1a3K https://t.co/u5WtNk5mJ1

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) September 18, 2020

Update 12:45 pm EST: There have been 253 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 32,271 according to Ireland's Department of Health.  (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 5 confirmed cases. The figure of 32,271 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 143 are men and 108 are women
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • 45% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 61 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 116 in Dublin, 22 in Kildare, 14 in Cork, 14 in Galway, 13 in Donegal, 10 in Limerick, 10 in Louth, 9 in Mayo, 8 in Waterford, 7 in Wicklow and the remaining 30 cases are located in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Tipperary, Westmeath

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported today in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,792.

As of today, there have been 2,367 coronavirus-related deaths and 41,214 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 30.25 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than  947,200 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 20.57 million recoveries.

Update 12:15 pm EST: There are 163 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 8,943, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 303,303 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 575. One death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 17 - 10 am September 18, while the other occurred outside of the current reporting period.

Yesterday, Northern Ireland’s Department of Health said in a statement that the current estimate of R in the region is around 1.2

  • Average number of new positive tests per day last 7 days:  90.3
  • 7 day incidence based on new positive tests: 33.3 / 100k
  • 14 day incidence based on new positive tests: 64.9 / 100k
  • 7 day average of total tests (pillar 1 and 2) which are positive – 1.81%
  • First COVID positive hospital admission in last week – 21
  • 7 day average number COVID occupied hospital beds – 21.1

Commenting on the figures the Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Ian Young said: “Over the last week, we have seen a plateauing in cases and an increase in hospital admissions with the 7 day average number of COVID occupied beds increasing from 16.4 to 21.1 and the First COVID positive hospital admission number in the last week increasing from 7 to 21. 

“The proportion of cases in individuals aged >60 yrs has risen from under 10% to just under 16%, but remains significantly below wave 1 of the epidemic where around 50% of cases were in this age group. The current increase in cases in younger people is likely to lead to increasing cases in the over sixties with resulting pressure on the hospital system and, tragically, increasing deaths.

“The 14 day cases per 100k have also increased and remain higher than UK and ROI, though testing is also higher in NI. It is obvious from these figures that we are still seeing an increase in Covid-19 across Northern Ireland and we must all play our part in trying to stem this tide, help protect ourselves and those around us, in particular the most vulnerable."

September 17 - 2,362 deaths and 40,803 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:00 pm EST: There have been 240  newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 32,023 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 16 confirmed cases. The figure of 32,023 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:

  • 119 are men and 120 are women
  • 61% are under 45 years of age
  • 47% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 44 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 119 are in Dublin, 19 in Wicklow, 17 in Kildare, 16 in Donegal, 15 in Waterford, 10 in Limerick, 8 in Cork, 6 in Louth, 5 in Wexford and the remaining 24 cases are located in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Tipperary, Westmeath

There has been one more coronavirus-related death reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,789.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "50% of today’s cases are in Dublin. We are now seeing a higher proportion of cases in older age groups.

"Act now to save lives. Limit your contacts as much as possible. Assume you and those you meet are infectious, keep your distance and do your part to keep others safe."

As of today, there have been 2,362 coronavirus-related deaths and 40,803 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 29.94 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 942,200 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 20.36 million recoveries.

Update 12:15 pm EST: There are 149 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 8,780, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 299,431 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today, the death toll in the region remains at 573.

September 16 - 2,361 deaths, 40,430 confirmed cases between NI and RoI

Update 1:55 pm EST: There have been 254 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 31,799 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 31,799 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 115 are men and 133 are women
  • 65% are under 45 years of age
  • 61% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 24 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 136 are in Dublin, 20 in Donegal, 13 in Louth, 12 in Wicklow, 9 in Waterford,
  • 7 in Carlow, 7 in Cork, 6 in Galway, 5 in Kerry, 5 in Wexford and the remaining 28 cases are located in Clare, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Mayo, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll to 1,788. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 1,788 reflects this.)

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “The current situation has deteriorated both in Dublin and nationally over the past week. Along with Dublin we have seen particularly concerning trends in Louth, Waterford, and Donegal.

"It is now absolutely essential that people action public health advice and act as if they or those close to them are potentially infectious."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: "The reproduction number is between 1.3 – 1.7 nationally. I am more concerned than I have been at any point since late April. Case numbers appear to be growing exponentially and are likely to double every 10 to 14 days if every one of us does not immediately act to break chains of transmission of the virus.

"If we do not interrupt transmission now, bringing the r-number back to below 1, modelling shows that we could have 500 - 1,000 cases per day by the 16th of October, 50-60% of which would be in Dublin."

Dr. Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, said: "There are currently 73 COVID-19 patients in hospital, 9 of these have been admitted in the past 24 hours. 14 of these patients are in ICU.

"We are seeing a sharp increase in rate of admissions of COVID-19 patients into our acute hospitals. We know that without a reversal of these trends, admissions can escalate rapidly to the point where our healthcare facilities will be under unsustainable pressure. It is more essential than ever that we all adhere to the basic measures which can weaken the virus in the community."

Dr. Mary Favier, COVID-19 advisor to the Irish College of General Practitioners, said: "While we have been conducting a large number of tests on children, thanks to the vigilance of parents around symptoms and contacting GP’s with concerns, we have not witnessed a disproportionate rise in the number of confirmed cases in children."

As of today, there have been 2,361 coronavirus-related deaths and 40,430 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 29.65 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 936,900 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 20.14 million recoveries.

Update 11:50 am EST: There are 129 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 8,631, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 294,514 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 573. Both of the newly-reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 15 - 10 am September 16. 

September 15 -  2,358 deaths, 40,051 confirmed cases across NI and RoI

Update 1:55 pm EST: Taoiseach Micheál Martin has instructed the Dáil Eireann to reconvene this evening at 8 pm local time with junior ministers stepping in for the ministers who have been instructed to self-isolate.

Ireland's Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is set to take a COVID test today after feeling unwell.

Taoiseach @MichealMartinTD talks to RTÉ’s Six One News, after it was announced the entire Cabinet have to restrict their movements while Health Minister @DonnellyStephen awaits a #Covid19 test | Live blog: https://t.co/OkdLRsWmQG https://t.co/zPhntP1ML0

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) September 15, 2020

Update 1:40 pm EST: There have been 357 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to  31,549 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 31,549 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 185 are men and 172 are women
  • 63% are under 45 years of age
  • 38% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 60 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 218 are in Dublin, 18 in Louth, 12 in Waterford. 11 in Kildare, 9 in Cork, 8 in Kerry, 8 in Limerick, 8 in Meath, 7 in Westmeath, 6 in Wicklow, 5 in Offaly, 5 in Roscommon, 5 in Mayo, 5 in Tipperary and the remaining 32 cases are located in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo and Wexford

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the death toll to 1,787.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "In the first half of 2020, Ireland responded swiftly to a new and unpredictable pandemic. Our collective response suppressed the curve, saved lives, and put us on a solid foundation to deal with COVID-19 going forward.

"Now, we must focus on our response to the pandemic in the medium term. Today, Government launched a 5-Level framework. At the heart of this framework are three core messages:

  • simple measures taken by everyone are our best defence against COVID-19
  • no single measure will work in isolation, what matters is combination prevention
  • continued cooperation and solidarity across society remains central to our response

"The basic preventions against the spread of COVID-19 remain unchanged; wash your hands regularly, physically distance from others including friends and family, wear a face covering, know the symptoms and what to do if you experience them."

As of today, there have been 2,358 coronavirus-related deaths and 40,051 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 29.35 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 930,000 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 19.90 million recoveries.

Update 12:50 pm EST: The Dáil Eireann, the principal house of the Irish legislature, has been abruptly suspended today and all members of the Cabinet have been instructed to self-isolate.

Ceann Comhairle (speaker of the Dáil) Seán Ó Fearghaíl said: "I'm told that arising out of events today, the Cabinet now must self-isolate, therefore the possibility of proceeding with business does not arise and the House stands adjourned until, I suspect, until Tuesday next, or until I'm directed by the Taoiseach to reconvene the House.

"So, Dáil adjourned until further notice."

Update 12:00 pm EST: There are 79 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 8,502, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 289,561 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

One new coronavirus-related death has been reported in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 571. The newly-reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 14 - 10 am September 15.

Update 7:35 am EST: The Irish government has published its new Framework for Restrictive Measures under its "Resilience & Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19."

The country has been placed at Level 2, which you can read more about here.

Update 6:30 am EST: The Irish government's new "medium-term" coronavirus management plan is set to be announced shortly for the Republic of Ireland. You can tune in to live coverage here, courtesy of RTÉ News:

WATCH: RTÉ News special as Government announces medium-term plan for coping with Covid-19 | Follow live updates: https://t.co/BnPgAzVvVh https://t.co/x5dJ30qofk

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) September 15, 2020

September 14 - 2,354 deaths, 39,615 confirmed cases between NI and ROI

Update 1:30 pm EST: There were 208 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 31,192 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 31,192 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 98 are men and 110 are women
  • 62% are under 45 years of age
  • 33% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 18 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 108 are in Dublin, 18 in Louth, 12 in Donegal, 10 in Meath, 9 in Kildare, 8 in Waterford, 7 in Cork, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Wexford and the remaining 24 cases are located in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Mayo, Roscommon, Tipperary, Westmeath and Wicklow

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today; the death toll in the country is 1,784. 

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "NPHET has decided to reduce the period of isolation from 14 to 10 days for confirmed cases from the onset of symptoms, based on advice received from the Expert Advisory Group following a review of the evidence.

"In addition, it has been agreed that nasal swabs are an acceptable alternative to nasopharyngeal swab for use in children in the community. This will hopefully make testing a simpler process for children going forward.

"COVID-19 is an evolving pandemic and NPHET is committed to adapting advice and guidelines based on emerging evidence."

As of today, there have been 2,354 coronavirus-related deaths and 39,615 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 29.07 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 925,200 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 19.67 million recoveries.

Update 1:10 pm EST: Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) has reduced the number of days that people who test positive for COVID-19 need to isolate for from 14 to 10.

The HSE now says patients can stop self-isolation when both of these apply:

  • Patient has had no fever for 5 days
  • It has been 10 days since the patient first developed symptoms

Update 11:40 am EST: There are 109 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 8,423, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date 286,761,  individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

Two new coronavirus-related deaths were reported in Northern Ireland over the weekend, both occurring between the 10 am September 11 - 10 am September 12 reporting period. The coronavirus-related death toll in Northern Ireland is now 570.

September 13

Update 12:40 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 255 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 30,985. 

There was one further COVID-19-related death announced on Sunday as Ireland's death toll rose to 1,784. 

Of the new cases, 129 are men and 123 are women, while 68% are under the age of 45. 

More than half (156) of today's cases were diagnosed in Dublin, while 22 were diagnosed in Waterford. 

Elsewhere, 13 cases were confirmed in Donegal, 11 were announced in Wicklow, nine in Limerick, eight in Kildare, five in Clare, while the remaining 31 cases were announced in 13 different counties. 

There are currently 54 confirmed cases in Irish hospitals with ten patients requiring intensive care, up from 52 and nine respectively on Saturday. 

There have now been 39,299 confirmed cases of the virus on the island of Ireland and 2,352 deaths. 

Update 9:40 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 87 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of confirmed infections in the region to 8,314. 

There were no further deaths announced in Northern Ireland on Sunday as the region's death toll remained at 568. 

there have been 553 newly-confirmed cases of the virus in the last seven days in Northern Ireland and there are currently 22 active outbreaks in Northern Irish care homes. 

One COVID-19 patient is in intensive care while there are a total of 17 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Irish hospitals. 

The Stormont Executive has introduced new COVID-19 regulations to curb the spread of the virus in Northern Ireland. The new regulations come into effect on Monday and will be introduced in areas with high rates of infection. 

Belfast, Ballymena, and three other postcodes will be impacted by the new regulations which will be legally-enforceable. 

Residents living in these areas will be forbidden from visiting other households and will be advised against traveling outside the area except in emergencies. 

There are some exceptions to the new rules and single adults living alone or single parents with children under the age of 18 may form a social bubble with one other household. Those with caring responsibilities may also travel between households. 

No more than six people from no more than two different households will be permitted to gather in a private garden. 

The new rules are expected to be in place for at least two weeks. 

September 12

Update 12:45 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 159 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 30,730. 

Two more COVID-19-related deaths were also confirmed on Saturday as Ireland's death toll rose to 1,783. 

Of the new cases, 70 are men and 89 are women, while 65% of the new cases are under the age of 45. 

There were 75 new cases announced in Dublin, 10 in Louth, six each in Cork, Donegal, and Meath. There were also five cases each in both Wexford and Laois, while the remaining 46 cases were diagnosed across 17 counties. 

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn pointed to the continued spread of infection in Dublin and urged people to comply with social distancing guidelines. 

"47% of the cases reported today are in Dublin city and county. For the people of Dublin in particular, this is a critical moment to address the spread of the disease in the community.

"Individual choices can make all the difference - reconsider your plans for the weekend, reduce the number of people that you meet and avoid social activities that involve large groups of people."

There are currently 52 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitals with nine patients requiring intensive care. 

There have now been 38,957 confirmed cases of the virus on the island of Ireland and 2,351 deaths. 

Update 10:20 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 104 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 8,227. 

There were no further COVID-19-related deaths in Northern Ireland on Saturday as the province's death toll remained at 568.

A total of 554 people have tested positive for the virus over the past seven days. 

There were 161 newly-daignosed cases of the virus in Belfast over the past seven days, while there was a total of 84 cases across Antrim and Newtownabbey. A further 74 cases were confirmed across Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon over the last week. 

There are currently 17 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Irish hospitals with one patient requiring intensive care. 

Additionally, there are 22 confirmed outbreaks of COVID-19 in Northern Irish nursing homes.

September 11 - 2,349 deaths and 38,694 confirmed cases between NI and ROI

Update 1:00 pm EST: There were 211 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 30,571 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 100 are men / 108 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • 28% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 42 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 121 in Dublin, 17 in Louth, 10 in Limerick, 8 in Cork, 7 in Westmeath, 7 in Wicklow, 6 in Laois, 5 in Donegal, 5 in Galway, and the remaining 24 cases are in Carlow, Clare, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Meath, Offaly, Roscommon, Tipperary, and Waterford.

There has been one new coronavirus-related death reported in the Republic of Ireland today; the death toll in the country is 1,781. 

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “While we are seeing a continued increase in cases, particularly in Dublin, this is at least partly due to the willingness of people to heed our core messages around knowing the symptoms and coming forward promptly for testing. This together with all of the other key behaviours will help to break the chains of transmission in our communities.

“This weekend, please limit your social contacts, especially visitors to your home. Avoid crowds, keep your distance from others, and wear a face covering where appropriate.”

As of today, there have been 2,349 coronavirus-related deaths and 38,694 confirmed cases of coronavirus between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 28.25 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 910,800 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 19.04 million recoveries.

Update 11:25 am EST: There are 88 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 8,123, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 273,692 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

No new coronavirus-related deaths were reported in Northern Ireland today; the death toll in the region remains at 568.

September 10 -2,349 deaths, 38,395 confirmed cases between Northern Ireland and Rep of Ireland

Update 1:40 pm EST: There were 196 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 30,360 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 103 are men / 91 are women
  • 61% are under 45 years of age
  • 43% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 37 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 107 in Dublin, 12 in Waterford, 11 in Limerick, 8 in Wicklow, 7 in Meath, 7 in Kildare, 6 in Laois, 6 in Westmeath, and the remaining 32 cases are located in Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Tipperary and Wexford

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, the death toll in the country remains at 1,781. 

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Today we have at least 37 cases linked with community transmission. 27 of today’s cases are over the age of 65 years. By limiting our contacts, we limit the opportunity COVID-19 has to spread through the community and ultimately we protect our families, our communities and those who are most vulnerable to the severest impacts of the disease.”

As of today, there have been 2,349 coronavirus-related deaths and 38,395 confirmed cases of coronavirus between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 27.93 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 905,180 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 18.81 million recoveries.

Update 12:15 pm EST: There are 78 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 8,035, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 269,001 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

One new coronavirus-related death has been reported in Northern Ireland today bringing the death toll in the region to 568. The death reported today occurred within the current reporting period, which is 10 am September 9 - 10 am September 10.

Septemeber 9 - 2,348 deaths, 38,121 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:40 pm EST: There were 84 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 30,164 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 32 are men / 52 are women
  • 66% are under 45 years of age
  • 30% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 8 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 51 in Dublin, 6 in Offaly, 5 in Kildare, and the remaining 22 cases are located in Cork, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Meath, Roscommon, Tipperary, Westmeath, and Wicklow.

There have been three new coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the country's death toll to 1,781. 

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “We continue to see a concerning pattern of cases, particularly in Dublin. Transmission is diffuse across the county, is in all age groups, and is mainly being driven by social interaction within and between households.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: “While the reproduction number for Ireland as a whole is close to 1.0, the reproduction number for Dublin alone is approximately 1.4. We are seeing increasing case numbers in Dublin, growing close to 5% per day. If this were to continue, the number of cases would double every 14 days. Given the size of Dublin’s population, it is essential we prevent any further spread now – by limiting our social contacts and taking precautions during any essential contacts.”

As of today, there have been 2,348 coronavirus-related deaths and 38,121 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 27.62 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 898,700 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 18.59 million recoveries.

Update 11:15 am EST: There are 49 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 7,957, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 263,509 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

No new coronavirus-related deaths have been reported today in Northern Ireland, the death toll in the region remains at 567.

Yesterday, Northern Ireland’s Department of Health announced that the Greek islands have been removed from the region’s Travel Corridors exemption list. Anyone traveling to Northern Ireland from Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Crete, Mykonos, Santorini, and Zakynthos (Zante) from 4 am on 9 September will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann said: “We will continue to monitor the situation in all countries and will move swiftly to make changes to the regulations when necessary.

“As we have seen in recent weeks, a quarantine period for people arriving from certain countries can be introduced very quickly so bear this in mind if you are planning any travel. The safety of the citizens of Northern Ireland will always be my priority.”

Travelers arriving into Northern Ireland from countries on the Travel Corridor exemption list, available here, may not need to self-isolate. Further travel advice for Northern Ireland during coronavirus is available here.

September 8 - 2,345 deaths, 37,988 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 3:05 pm EST: The Irish government has today indicated that Ireland's "wet" pubs can reopen from September 21. You can read more about it here.

Update 1:15 pm EST: There were 307 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 30,080* according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed cases. The figure of 30,080 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 160 are men / 146 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • 64% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 72 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 182 in Dublin, 25 in Kildare, 19 in Limerick, 15 in Wexford, 15 in Louth, 8 in Wicklow, 6 in Galway, 6 in Clare, 6 in Kilkenny and the remaining 25 cases are located in Cavan, Cork, Donegal, Kerry, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath.

There has been one new coronavirus-related death reported in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the country's death toll to1,778. 

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “182 of today’s cases are located in Dublin and at least 44 of these are associated with community transmission.

“I urge everyone to follow the public health advice and keep your distance. Do not underestimate the risks associated with any of your interactions, including with your family, friends, or work colleagues. Now is not a time to let down your guard – assume that you or those that you meet may be infectious and act accordingly.”

As of today, there have been 2,345 coronavirus-related deaths and 37,988 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 27.39 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 897,700 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 18.37 million recoveries.

Update 1:05 pm EST: There are 40 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 7,908, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 260,168 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 567. Both of the newly reported deaths occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 7  to 10 am September 8.

Also on Tuesday, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann said he is seeking action on a number of concerns, including the UK-wide online booking system that has been offering some people in Northern Ireland tests in Great Britain.

“To be clear, no one in Northern Ireland is expected to travel outside the jurisdiction for a test. These slots have been offered by the online system because it has not on occasions recognised local requirements. The same problem has been reported in Scotland.

“I want to see this glitch resolved as a priority.

“I have also emphasised the need to urgently build capacity for the National testing programme.”

Swann continued: “The National system has undoubtedly come under pressure in recent days, due to significantly rising demand. These are linked at least in part to the re-opening of schools.

“I need to again appeal to the public to use the service responsibly. Online bookings are made by self-referral but that does mean they are open to all.

“Tests are solely for those who have symptoms or have specifically been referred for a test by the Contact Tracing Service.”

He added: “While I totally understand the continuing high levels of public concern about Covid-19 – particularly from parents and schools – we must protect the testing system so that it is available for those who need it.

“Common cold symptoms outside of a cough, fever or loss of/ change to sense of taste or smell do not require a test.

“The reopening of schools is a vital priority which I fully support. It has brought serious pressures for schools, parents and children, as well as the testing system.

“We can get through these pressures by working together collectively and following public health advice.

“That includes each of us continuing to do everything we can to stop the spread of Covid-19.”

September 7 - 37,642 cases and 2,342 deaths on the island of Ireland 

Update 12:30 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 102 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 29,774.

There were no further deaths in Ireland on Monday as the country's death toll remained at 1,777.

A total of 1,672 cases have been reported in Ireland over the last 14 days, giving Ireland a 14-day incidence rate of 35 cases per 100,000, a rate that is higher than the UK and Italy's. 

The median age of the cases over the past two weeks is 33, with 77% of all confirmed cases under the age of 45. 

Almost half (791) of the new cases were diganosed in Dublin, with 131 confirmed in Kildare, 116 in Limerick, 92 in Limerick, and 46 in Cork. The remaining 496 cases were diagnosed in 21 different counties. 

There are currently 49 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Irish hospitals with six patients requiring intensive care. 

Meanwhile, Beaumont Hospital in Dublin has had to close three wards due to outbreaks of COVID-19, according to the Irish Independent. 

At least three patients and two staff members have tested positive for the virus while up to 10 staff members are self-isolating. 

Update 10:30 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 141 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 7,868. 

The Health Department also confirmed one further COVID-19-related death as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 565. 

The man, aged between 60 and 79, died on Saturday at Mid and East Antrim Hospital. 

A total of 639 people have tested positive for the virus in the last seven days in Northern Ireland and there have been 212 cases diagnosed in the Belfast area. 

There are currently 12 cases of COVID-19 in Northern Irish hospitals with two patients requiring intensive care. 

There are additionally 19 outbreaks of the virus in 19 different Northern Irish care homes. 

September 6

Update 12:35 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 138 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 29,672. 

There were no further deaths reported as Ireland's death toll remained at 1,777. 

There are currently 49 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitals with six patients requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases reported today, 68 were recorded in Dublin, 13 were reported in Limerick, nine were reported in both Galway and Kildare, and five cases were reported in each of Cork, Wexford and Wicklow.

The remaining 24 cases were diagnosed in 14 different counties, while 67% of today's cases were under the age of 45. 

There have now been 37,399 confirmed cases on the island of Ireland and 2,341 deaths. 

Update 11:50 am EST: The Irish Government has drawn up draft guidelines to reopen all Irish pubs that do not serve food.

The guidelines state that pubs must keep customer records for contact tracing purposes, while only six people from no more than three different households can sit at the same table. 

Customers will have to leave the pub within one hour and 45 minutes if pubs can only guarantee a social distance of one meter between customers. If pubs can ensure a strict distance of at least two meters, the one hour and 45 minute rule does not apply. 

All customers will have to leave the pub by 11:30 p.m. and customers will have to order drinks from their tables.

The draft guidelines have been circulated to vintners groups representing Irish pubs this weekend and Minister for State Thomas Byrne has claimed that all pubs could reopen in the next few weeks if pubs adhere to the guidelines. 

Pubs that serve food have been open since June 29, but pubs without any food options have remained closed since March. 

The Irish Government has pushed back the reopening date on three separate occasions and Irish pubs have now been closed for longer than any other European country. 

Update 10 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 106 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 7,727. 

There were no further COVID-19-related deaths as Northern Ireland's death toll remained at 564. 

There are currently 17 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Northern Irish hospitals with three patients requiring intesive care. 

A Northern Irish prisoner has tested positive for the virus for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19. The man was remanded in Maghaberry Prison on Thursday and subsequently tested positive for the virus. 

September 5 

Update 12:45 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 231 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 29,534. 

There were no further deaths reported on Saturday as Ireland's death toll remained at 1,777. 

There have been no new deaths reported in Ireland since Aug. 22. 

The Department of Health issued a warning for Dublin on Saturday, with 133 cases announced in the Irish capital. 

Acting Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn urged people living in Dublin to keep their social contacts to a minimum to curb the spread of infections in the capital. 

Of the remaining cases, 18 were announced in Kildare, 13 were announced in Limerick, eight in Offaly, seven each in Galway and Wicklow, six each in Meath and Cork, and five each in Donegal, Cavan, and Waterford. 

The remaining 18 cases were diagnosed in ten different counties. 

There are currently 48 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitals with seven patients requiring intensive care. 

There have now been 37,155 cases of the virus on the island of Ireland and 2,341 deaths. 

Update 10:45 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 118 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 7,621. 

There were no further deaths announced on Saturday as the region's death toll remained at 564.

A total of 471 people have tested positive over the last seven days and 194 of those cases have been between ages 20 and 39. 

There are currently 17 cases of the virus in Northern Irish hospitals with three patients requiring intensive care.

September 4

Update 12:45 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 98 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections to 29,303. 

There were no further COVID-19-related deaths in Ireland on Friday as the country's death toll remained at 1,777. 

There has not been a death reported in Ireland since Aug. 22 since a death recorded on Wednesday was actually from June.

There are currently 44 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitals with seven of those patients requiring intensive care. 

Of the cases announced today, 48 are men and 50 are women, while two-thirds of people were under the age of 45.

A total of 24 of today's cases were announced in Dublin while 13 were announced in Kildare. There were also eight cases announced in Kerry and six cases announced in each of Kilkenny, Limerick and Louth, while there were five cases in Louth. 

The remaining 30 cases were announced in 12 different counties. 

There have now been 36,806 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 2,341 deaths. 

Update 11 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 61 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the region to 7,503. 

The Department also announced one coronavirus-related death on Friday as Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 563. 

The patient died at the Craigavon Area Hospital, which is currently dealing with an outbreak of the virus. 

This is also the first time since July that Northern Ireland has reported a coronavirus death on three consecutive days. 

There are currently 17 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Irish hospitals with three patients requiring intensive care. 

In total, 19 care homes across Northern Ireland are dealing with outbreaks of the virus. 

September 3 - 2,340 deaths, 36,648 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:45 pm EST: There were 95  newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 29,206 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC led to the denotification of 3 cases. The figure of 29,206 reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 52 are men and 43 are women
  • 67% are under 45 years of age
  • 47% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 16 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 51 are in Dublin, 6 in Kildare, 6 in Meath, and the remaining 32 cases are in Carlow, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Offaly, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, the death toll in the country remains at 1,777. 

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "This virus relies on human contact. The virus has not changed and neither have the basic measures that keep us all protected. It is these basic measures that are most important to keep COVID-19 under control. Remember to wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, to know the safe way to wear a face covering, avoid touching your face, cough into your elbow, reduce your social contacts and keep a physical distance of 2 metres at the top of your mind when you do meet others."

As of today, there have been 2,340 coronavirus-related deaths and 36,648 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 26.10 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 864,400 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 17.34 million recoveries.

Update 1:35 pm EST: There are 77 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 7,442, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 242,434 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one more coronavirus-related death reported in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 563. The newly-reported death occurred within the current reporting period, 10 am September 2 to 10 am September 3.

The Northern Ireland Department of Health also provided this additional update:

  • The current estimate of R is 1.1 - 1.6
  • Average number of new positive tests per day last 7 days - 66.3 
  • 7 day incidence based on new positive tests - 24.4 / 100k population
  • 14 day incidence based on new positive tests - 45.3 / 100k population
  • 7 day average of total tests (pillar 1 and 2) which are positive - 1.45%
  • First COVID +ve hospital admission in last week - 17
  • 7 day average number COVID occupied hospital beds - 21.0

The above indicators generally show a further increase in transmission in the last week. The 7 day rolling average for new cases has increased as has test positivity. Main concerns are currently in relation to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon (partly explained by a hospital cluster) and Belfast, where no predominant cluster has been identified. 

14-day cases per 100k remain higher than the UK as a whole and ROI.  This is likely to be partly explainable by increased testing in the context of the Test / Trace / Protect service.  However, there is also likely to be a more widespread increase in community transmission which is a matter of significant concern. 

At present, around 10% of identified cases are in the over 60’s, whereas at the peak of the epidemic 40 – 50% of identified cases were in this age group.  As a result, hospital admissions are increasing very slowly but are still at a low level in comparison to the first wave when there was a comparable number of cases. 

September 2 - 2,339 deaths, 36,479 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:30 pm EST: There were 89 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 29,114 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 40 are men and 48 are women
  • 63% are under 45 years of age
  • 56% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 8 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 53 are in Dublin, 15 in Limerick, and the remaining 21 cases are Clare, Cork, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Meath, Offaly, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow

There has been one new coronavirus-related death reported in the Republic of Ireland today, but the death toll remains at 1,777. (Validation of data at the HPSC led to the denotification of one death. The figure of 1,777 reflects this.)

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today:  "A close analysis of case numbers and patterns over the last week suggests that the epidemic is growing very slowly in many counties across Ireland, including Dublin. A large number of cases are associated with outbreaks in private houses and families.

"The R number is just above 1, perhaps as high as 1.2, so the virus is circulating in the community at levels we don’t want to see. This means we need to remain focused on our shared national priorities, which are the safe reopening of schools, continuing to resume non-COVID healthcare, and protecting the most vulnerable to this dangerous disease."

As of today, there have been 2,339 coronavirus-related deaths and 36,479 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 25.81 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 858,300 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 17.12 million recoveries.

Update 1:10 pm EST: There are 71 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 7,365, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 237,003 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 562. One death occurred within the current reporting period, while the other occurred outside of the current reporting period, which is 10 am September 1 -10 am September 2.

September 1 - 2,337 deaths, 36,319 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:55 pm EST: There were 217 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 29,025 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 29,025 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 103 are men and 113 are women
  • 70% are under 45 years of age
  • 51% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 19 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 103 are in Dublin, 25 in Kildare, 17 in Limerick, 17 in Tipperary, 7 in Waterford, 7 in Wicklow, 6 in Clare, 5 in Louth and the remaining 30 are located in Carlow, Cavan, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Kilkenny, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Westmeath and Wexford

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "While the number of cases today is the highest daily reported figure since May, the five-day moving average remains relatively stable at 115 cases per day.

"However, this is still a substantial number of cases and I urge everyone to double down on their efforts now – wash hands regularly, physically distance from others, wear face coverings where appropriate, avoid crowded areas, know the symptoms, isolate and contact your GP if you have any concerns.

"Please continue to reduce your social contacts so that the virus does not get the opportunity to spread further."

As of today, there have been 2,337 coronavirus-related deaths and 36,319 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 25.55 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 851,700 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 16.87 million recoveries.

Update 11:20 EST: There are 49 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 7,294, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 232,601 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

No new coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, the death toll in the region remains at 560.

August 31 - 2,337 deaths, 36,056 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:50 pm EST: There were 53 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 28,811 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 28,811 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 28 are men and 25 are women
  • 75% are under 45 years of age
  • 27 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 14 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 25 are in Dublin, 11 in Limerick and the remaining 17 cases are located in Kildare, Longford, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Laois, Meath, Roscommon, Tipperary, Westmeath

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, the death toll remains at 1,777.

As of today, there have been 2,337 coronavirus-related deaths and 36,056 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 25.30 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 847,400 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 16.64 million recoveries.

Update 1:40 pm EST: There are 58 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 7,245, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 229,227 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

No new coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, the death toll in the region remains at 560.

Update 12:10 pm EST: The Irish Government has lifted the specific COVID-19 restrictions in Kildare with immediate effect. 

Kildare residents had been asked to stay within the county in order to mitigate the spread of the virus to the rest of the country after several outbreaks in meat-processing plants. 

A number of restaurants and cafes were also forced to close to comply with the new restrictions. 

However, the National Public Health Emergency Team met on Monday to review the situation in Kildare and concluded that the epidemiological situation in Kildare was broadly similar to the rest of the country. 

The Irish Government released a statement on Monday evening confirming the news. 

"The rolling 5-day average in Kildare is 10.8 cases as of 29 August. This compares to a 5-day average of 22.2 cases in Kildare on 6 August. 

"75 cases were notified in Kildare in the week to 29 August. This compares to 238 cases notified in the week to 8 August, 170 cases in the week to 15 August, and 159 cases in the week to 22 August."

Kildare had been under lockdown since August 8.

Today’s decision to lift the additional Covid restrictions on County Kildare was only possible because of the people of Kildare - their extra effort, their sacrifices and their patience. And it worked. Numbers in Kildare now similar to rest of country. We must all stay vigilant.

— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) August 31, 2020

Update 7:15 am EST: Locals in Killarney, Co Kerry have expressed outrage after footage emerged of large groups of people gathered on the town's main street standing on top of telephone boxes and dancing in the street. 

Councilor Brendan Cronin, Mayor of Killarney, condemned the scenes, describing them as appalling and a "slap in the face" for everyone who has worked to keep the area safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Disgusted for all law abiding publicans to see scenes like this in Killarney last night.
Especially while the majority of pubs are still shut down.
Close down the business that sold them the takeaway pints immediately and enforce the new Garda laws. @VFIpubs pic.twitter.com/uhfRG8HY8y

— The Pubs Of Kerry (@ThePubsOfKerry) August 30, 2020

The Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI), which represents pubs in Ireland, has called for any pub that breached Government guidelines in Killarney to be charged to the full extent of the law. 

It is unclear how the raucous celebration began, but a number of participants were seen drinking takeaway pints as they partied on the street. 

August 30 

Update 12:40 pm EST: The Department of Health has confirmed 42 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in Ireland to 28,760. 

There were no further COVID-19-related death in Ireland as the country's death toll remained at 1,777. 

There have been no deaths related to the virus in Ireland since Aug. 22 and there ae currently 33 cases of the virus in Irish hospitals with five patients requiring intensive care. 

Of the latest 42 cases, 24 were diagnosed in Dublin while six were diagonsed in Limerick. The remaining 12 cases were diagnosed in eight different counties. 

71% of the new cases were under the age of 45, while 22 new cases were women.

There have now been 35,947 confirmed cases of the virus on the island of Ireland and 2,337 deaths. 

Update 10:30 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 49 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 7,187.

There were no further COVID-19-related deaths in Northern Ireland as the region’s death toll remained at 560.

There are currently 17 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Northern Irish hospitals, with two of those patients requiring intensive care.

August 29

Update 12:45 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 142 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus as the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland rose to 28,720. 

There were no further deaths reported, meaning that the country's death toll remains at 1,770. 

Of the new cases, 59 were diagnosed in Dublin while 20 were diagnosed in Kildare. A further 14 cases were diagnosed in both Donegal and Limerick. 

Eight cases were diagnosed in Wexford, six were diagnosed in Tipperary, and the remaining 21 cases were diagnosed in ten other counties. 

There are currently 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Irish hospitals with five of those patients requiring intensive care. 

It has now been six months to the day since the first case of the coronavirus was diagnosed in the Republic of Ireland and Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn noted that it has been a "very difficult time" for many people. 

"It has been a very difficult time for many and few have been left untouched in some way by the negative effects of this pandemic.

"However, it has also been a time of incredible solidarity, a time when a sense of community has come to the fore," he added.

He urged people to continue to show the same sense of solidarity and community as cases continue to rise. 

There have now been 35,858 confirmed cases of the virus on the island of Ireland and 2,337 deaths. 

Update 11 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 89 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 7,138. 

There were no new coronavirus-related deaths announced in Northern Ireland as the area's death toll remained at 560.

There are 17 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Irish hospitals with two of these people requiring intensive care.

August 28 - 2,337 deaths, 35,627 cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:50 pm EST: There were 127 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 28,578 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 28,578 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 70 are men and 57 are women
  • 80% are under 45 years of age
  • 66 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 8 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 52 are in Dublin, 13 in Monaghan, 9 in Tipperary, 8 in Meath, 8 in Wexford, 8 in Roscommon and the remaining 29 are located in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Offaly, Waterford, Westmeath and Wicklow

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, the death toll remains at 1,777.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "While the number of people in critical care remains stable we have seen an additional 8 people hospitalised in the last 24 hours.

"If cases continue to rise we will see an inevitable increase in the number of people hospitalised. We all have a role to play in preventing that from happening.

"This weekend it is vital that people play their part by decreasing social contacts. Do not drop your guard just because you are meeting people close to you. Remember that, just because somebody looks and feels well, that does not mean they are COVID free."

As of today, there have been 2,337 coronavirus-related deaths and 35,627 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 24.55 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 832,900 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 16.04 million recoveries.

Update 1:40 pm EST: There are 85 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 7,049, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 217,817 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

No new coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, the death toll in the region remains at 560.

Yesterday, changes were made to Northern Ireland’s Travel Corridor exemption list: “Following a review of the scientific and medical evidence Cuba will be added to the Travel Corridors exemption list at 4 am on Saturday 29 August.

“Switzerland, Jamaica, and Czech Republic will be removed from the list. As a result, anyone arriving from these countries after 4 am on Saturday 29 August will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.”

You can read the full list of countries and territories that are exempt from travel restrictions in Northern Ireland here.

August 27 - 2,337 deaths, 35,327 cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:20 pm EST: There were 93 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 28,363 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 28,453 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 52 are men and 41 are women
  • 70% are under 45 years of age
  • 73 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 12 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 34 are in Dublin, 7 in Kildare, 6 in Donegal, 6 in Laois, 5 in Limerick, 5 in Wexford and the remaining 30 cases are in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Tipperary, Westmeath and Wicklow

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, the death toll remains at 1,777.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "We continue to see a slow growth of COVID-19 in Ireland.

"The most effective action we can take to reduce the transmission rate of this virus is to reduce our number of close contacts. If we do this and keep practising the other safe behaviours by continuing to physical distance, avoid crowds, wash our hands, cover our coughs and sneezes, wear a face mask where appropriate and download the COVID Tracker app, we have a real chance of slowing the spread of the virus to where we want it to be."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: "The R-number is now between 1 and 1.2. While this is an improvement on what we have seen recently, it is still not where we want to be. We are still seeing growing transmission of the disease and we need to bring the R-number back below 1 if we are to effectively slow the spread of COVID-19 and suppress its transmission."

As of today, there have been 2,337 coronavirus-related deaths, and 35,327 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 24.24 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 827,100 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 15.83 million recoveries.

Update 11:55 am EST: There are 69 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 6,964, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 213,619 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

One new coronavirus-related death has been reported in Northern Ireland, bringing the region’s death toll to 560. The newly-reported death occurred outside of the current reporting period, 10 am on August 26 - 10 am on August 27. This is the first death reported in the region since August 18.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health today said the region’s estimated R-number is 1.0 - 1.6 The Department additionally provided these updates today:

  • Average number of new positive tests per day last 7 days - 56.3 
  • 7 day incidence based on new positive tests - 20.7 / 100k population
  • 14 day incidence based on new positive tests - 36.9 / 100k population
  • 7 day average of total tests (pillar 1 and 2) which are positive - 1.34%
  • First COVID +ve hospital admission in last week - 14
  • 7 day average number COVID occupied hospital beds - 17.0

"The above indicators generally show a further increase in transmission in the last week. The 7 day rolling average for new cases has increased as has test positivity, though both are likely to be strongly influenced by a meat factory outbreak in Mid and East Antrim. 

"14 day cases per 100k remain higher than the UK as a whole and ROI.  This is likely to be partly explainable by increased testing in the context of the Test / Trace / Protect service.  However, there is also likely to be a more widespread increase in community transmission which is a matter of significant concern. 

"Hospital admissions are increasing very slowly but are still at a low level in comparison to the first wave when there was a comparable number of cases. 

"The view from both the Modelling Group and the Strategic Intelligence Group is that they will inevitably rise if cases continue to do so."

August 26 - 2,336 deaths, 35,258 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 3:20 pm EST: There were 164 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 28,363 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 28,363 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:

  • 83 are men and 81 are women
  • 65% are under 45 years of age
  • 80 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 21 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 93 are in Dublin, 22 in Kildare, 10 in Tipperary, 9 in Cork, 8 in Carlow, 6 in Waterford, 6 in Offaly and the remaining 10 cases are in Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth and Roscommon

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, the death toll remains at 1,777.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "We have seen a significant number of cases in Dublin, Kildare, Tipperary, Limerick, Cork and Carlow over the past number of days. I would urge people everywhere to follow the public health advice and reduce mixing of households where at all possible.

"As we head into Autumn when people are more likely to have cold or ‘flu-like symptoms please do not adopt a wait and see approach. The greatest protection you can give your family and friends is to isolate as soon as you have any symptoms and contact your GP by phone. Remember, there should be no charge for either a consultation with your GP nor for a COVID-19 test should you require one.”

As of today, there have been 2,336 coronavirus-related deaths, and 35,258 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 23.99 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 821,500 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 15.62 million recoveries.

Update 11:55 am EST: There are 72 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 6,895, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 209,225 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

No new coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the death toll in the region remains at 559.

Northern Ireland's Minister for Health Robin Swann today announced: “I am pleased to confirm that we are on course to extend the StopCOVID NI app to children and young people from September.

“My Department has worked with the Children’s Commissioner and the Information Commissioner’s Office to identify a way that younger people can get consent to use it without impacting anonymity.

“This is very good news – especially with school, colleges, and universities re-starting.”

August 25 - 2,336 deaths, 35,024 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:45 pm EST: There were 92 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 28,201 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 7 confirmed cases. The figure of 28,201 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 52 are men and 38 are women
  • 69% are under 45 years of age
  • 46 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 11 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 31 are in Tipperary, 17 in Dublin, 7 in Clare, 7 in Wexford, 5 in Kildare and the remaining 25 cases are in Carlow, Cavan, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth, Meath, Monaghan and Wicklow

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, the death toll remains at 1,777.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "While the number of cases reported each day remains high, the situation nationally has remained relatively stable over the past week. However, we have seen cases in 25 of the 26 counties over the past 14 days, including 473 cases in Dublin, 332 in Kildare, 120 in Tipperary, 84 in Limerick, 37 in Clare and 36 in Meath and Kilkenny.

"Measures introduced last week would not be expected to impact on the trajectory of the disease until early next week. In the meantime, we must continue to follow public health advice – reduce social contacts and avoid crowds, physically distance, wear face coverings, and wash hands regularly."

As of today, there have been 2,336 coronavirus-related deaths, and 35,024 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 23.72 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 814,800 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 15.39 million recoveries.

Update 12:10 pm EST: There are 47 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 6,823, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 204,068 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

No new coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the death toll in the region remains at 559.

Speaking during a press briefing today, Northern Ireland’s  Minister of Health Robin Swann said: “We in Northern Ireland are still walking on a tight rope when it comes to COVID-19 because the cases we are seeing come through from the two clusters in Craigavon Area Hospital which are now affecting both staff and patients, illustrates that this virus does not discriminate in way of individual or in place of work.

“At the same time, we desperately want to and need to keep rebuilding our health service, to keep our schools open, and to keep other vital parts of our society functioning. 

“This is a time for cool heads and resolute action.

“Today, a further 47 positive cases of coronavirus were recorded. Thankfully, there were no further deaths and I am confident that the Public Health Agency and our capable contact tracing teams are staying a step ahead of the recent upturn of case numbers.”

Minister Swann went on to again reiterate that the public health guidance must be adhered to.

You can watch the entire press briefing from today, August 25, here:

August 24 - 2,336 deaths, 34,892 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:25 pm EST: There were 147 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 28,116 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 80 are men and 67 are women
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • 60 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 14 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 73 are in Dublin, 17 in Kildare, 12 in Offaly, 11 in Wicklow, 9 in Limerick and the remaining 25 cases are in Carlow, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Laois, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Tipperary, and Wexford

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, the death toll remains at 1,777.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Evidence from the ECDC and international experience to date suggests that children do not commonly transmit COVID-19 to other children or adults in school settings.

"Internationally, where schools have been reopened, schools have not been a significant driver of community transmission.

"We all have a role to play in keeping this virus at low levels – this is key to protecting our education system over the coming weeks."

As of today, there have been 2,336 coronavirus-related deaths, and 34,892 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 23.50 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 809,900 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 15.17 million recoveries.

Update 12:55 pm EST: There are 10 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 6,776, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 201,541 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

No new coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the death toll in the region remains at 559.

August 21 - 2,335 deaths, and 34,331 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 4:00 pm EST: The coronavirus restrictions in place in Co Kildare have been extended for two more weeks, while the restrictions for Co Laois and Co Offaly have been lifted effective immediately. Read more here.

Update 1:55 pm EST: There were 79 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 27,755 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 39 are men and 40 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • 30 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 21 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 43 are in Dublin, 9 in Kildare, 6 in Cork, 6 in Tipperary and the remaining 15 cases are in Clare, Donegal, Laois, Limerick, Louth, Mayo, Roscommon, Wexford and Wicklow

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland today, the death toll remains at 1,776.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Firstly I would like to thank the people of Kildare, Laois, and Offaly. You have shown an incredible example of solidarity and social responsibility by following the enhanced public health advice for your region. Your actions have saved lives. 

“The epidemiological situation in Kildare means that we must extend the public health measures for a further two weeks. While there is some cause for optimism, the 7 and 14-day incidence rates in Kildare remain very high. Evidence suggests that the measures are working, but more time is required to reduce the number of cases in Kildare.

"We as a nation must show solidarity with Kildare in our collective efforts, especially over the next two weeks, by working together to suppress this virus. We can protect each other by following the public health advice. I am asking all households across Ireland to play your part, reduce your social contacts, wash your hands, keep a 2 metres distance from each other and wear a face covering in shops and on public transport. These actions are vital to protect our families and safeguard those who are most vulnerable to the disease."

As of today, there have been 2,335 coronavirus-related deaths, and 34,331 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 22.77 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 795,000 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 14.58 million recoveries.

Update 12:30 pm EST: There are 20 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 6,576, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 189,996 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

No new coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the death toll in the region remains at 559.

Update 11:30 am EST: Due to a technical issue, this article was not able to be updated later in the day on August 20. Here is the coronavirus data from the Republic of Ireland for Thursday, August 20:

There were 136 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 27,676 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 7 confirmed cases. The figure of 27,676 confirmed cases reflects this.

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland on August 20:

  • 54 are males and 81 are females
  • 78% are under 45 years of age
  • 57 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 11 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 51 are in Dublin, 24 in Kildare, 12 in Kilkenny, 11 in Tipperary, 7 in Cork, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Wexford, 5 in Meath and the remaining 14 cases are in Carlow, Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Offaly, Roscommon, Waterford and Wicklow

There was one new coronavirus-related death reported in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,776 as of August 20.

August 20

Update 12:30 pm EST: There are 51 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 6,556, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 187,861 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

No new coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the death toll in the region remains at 559.

The current estimate of R is 1.0 – 1.6. This means R is likely to be around 1.3 at present.

The 7 day rolling average for new cases has increased and is now at over 40 per day. There is also likely to be a more widespread increase in community transmission which is a matter of significant concern. Hospital admissions are increasing very slowly but are still at a low level. However, they are likely to rise further if cases continue to do so.

August 19 - 2,334 deaths, 34,052 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:15 pm EST: There are 54 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 27,547 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC led to the denotification of 6 confirmed cases. The figure of 27,547 reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 24 are men and 29 are women
  • 67% are under 45 years of age
  • 27 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 8 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 19 are in Dublin, 8 in Kildare, 5 in Tipperary and the rest of the cases are in Carlow, Clare, Donegal, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Waterford and Wexford

There have been two new coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,775. (Validation of data at the HPSC led to the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 1,775 reflects this.)

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today:
"To save lives and suppress this virus we need everyone to reduce the number of people they meet over the next three weeks. A collective effort by households and by employers and organisations can make a huge impact on community transmission, and help to protect our families and communities from COVID-19.

"You can still play sport, go to a restaurant and meet friends, but we are asking you to do this in as safe a way as possible. Specifically, focus on two numbers – 6 and 15. Do not have more than 6 people over to your house and garden, and outside, no more than 15 people should meet up, and even then you should remain socially distanced from one another."

There have now been 34,052 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 2,334 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 22.20 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 782,400 deaths and more than 14.15 million recoveries.

Update 11:15 am EST: There are 34 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 6,505, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 184,458 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

No new coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today; the death toll in the region remains at 559.

August 18 -  2,334 deaths and 33,970 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:10 pm EST: There are 190 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 27,499 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC led to the denotification of four confirmed cases. The figure of 27,499 reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 76 are males and 111 are females
  • 75% are under 45 years of age
  • 75 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 14 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 48 are in Kildare, 46 in Dublin, 38 in Tipperary, 20 in Limerick, 7 in Clare and the rest of the 31 cases are in Carlow, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow.

There has been one new coronavirus-related death reported in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,775.

There have now been 33,970 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 2,334 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 21.95 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 775,700 deaths and more than 13.91 million recoveries.

Update 2:05 pm EST: The Irish government today announced a “significant tightening” of coronavirus restrictions across the country are coming into effect until at least September 13. You can read more about today’s announcements here.

Update 11:15 am EST: There are 41 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 6,471, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 182,318 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

One new death has been reported in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 559. The newly-reported death occurred outside of the current reporting period, which is 10 am August 17 - 10 am August 18.

August 17 - 2,332 deaths, 33,743 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:45 pm EST: There are 56 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 27,313 according to Ireland's Department of Health

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 29 are male and 27 are female
  • 79% are under 45 years of age
  • 35 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 12 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 26 are in Kildare, 13 in Dublin and the rest of the 17 cases are in Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Laois, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Westmeath and Wicklow

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland, the death toll in the country remains at 1,774.

The National Public Health Emergency Team are meeting this evening to consider further recommendations for Government.

There have now been 33,743 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 2,332 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 21.74 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 776,400 deaths and more than 13.71 million recoveries.

Update 10:00 am EST: There are 39 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 6,430, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 179,423 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, the death toll in the region remains at 558.

August 16

Update 12:45 pm EST: The Department of Health has confirmed 66 new cases of the coronavirus taking the total number of infections to 27,257. 

There were no further deaths from COVID-19 announced on Sunday as Ireland's death toll remained at 1,774. 

Of the 66 new cases, 21 cases were confirmed in Kildare, 16 were in Dublin, six were in Limerick, while the remaining 23 were split between 11 different counties. 

There are currently 16 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with eight of those requiring intensive care. 

Meanwhile, Ireland's 14-day average of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 has jumped to 22.1, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 

Ireland currently ranks 18th among European countries in terms of cases per 100,000 and has a higher recent infection rate than the UK (18.6).

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that the recent rise in infections was "deeply concerning" and said that the Government will continue to monitor the situation closely. 

Yesterday’s #COVID19 numbers were deeply concerning and this morning I discussed the evolving situation with the Tánaiste, Green Party Leader, Health Minister and acting CMO. The Govt and NPHET will continue to monitor the situation closely.

— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) August 16, 2020

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn confirmed that the National Public Health Emergency Team will meet tomorrow to discuss the recent spike in cases and said that NPHET will make any necessary recommendations to the Government to curb the spread of infection. 

Glynn slammed people who had been behaving "recklessly" with regards to social distancing in recent weeks and said that more needed to be done to reduce the risk of infection. 

"The phased reopening of the country has afforded people the opportunity to socialize with each other again. However, some are doing this recklessly and undermining the efforts of the majority of people around the country who are following public health advice. This cannot continue." 

There have been 31,648 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 2,332 deaths since the virus was first diagnosed in late February. 

Update 11:30 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced 27 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus taking the total number of infections in the region to 6,391. 

There were no further COVID-19-related deaths in Northern Ireland on Sunday as the region's death toll remained at 558. 

Northern Irish civil servants are now being urged to go back to work amid concerns that their absence from towns and cities could have catastrophic consequences on Northern Ireland's economy. 

August 15 

Update 1:15 pm EST: The Department of Health has confirmed 200 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland past 27,000. 

There have now been 27,191 confirmed cases of the virus in the Republic of Ireland since it was first diagnosed in late February. 

Saturday's figures represent the highest daily climb in new cases since early May. 

The Department of Health confirmed no new deaths related to COVID-19 on Saturday as Ireland's death toll remained at 1,774. 

There are 14 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Irish hospitals, with eight of those patients requiring intensive care.  

Five COVID-19 patients are on ventilators. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Department of Health confirmed 65 new cases of the virus and no new deaths earlier on Saturday. 

The total number of confirmed cases in Northern Ireland now stands at 6,364 while the death toll in the region remains at 558. 

There have been 33,555 confirmed cases of the virus on the island of Ireland and 2,332 deaths. 

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August 14 - 2,332 deaths, 33,294 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:05 pm EST: There are 67 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 26,995 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC led to the denotification of one confirmed case. The figure of 26,995 reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 35 are male and 32 are female
  • 70% are under 45 years of age
  • 38 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 16 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 18 are in Dublin, 17 in Kildare, 9 in Clare, 5 in Limerick, and the rest of the 18 cases are in Carlow, Cork, Donegal, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Tipperary, Wexford, Wicklow

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland, the death toll in the country remains at 1,774.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "We have seen cases rising all across the country this week. We must continue to do all we can to avoid a return to where we were in March and April.

"We have also seen an increase in the average number of contacts for confirmed cases up to 6. It is crucial to keep your social contacts low to limit the spread of this disease.

"We all have a responsibility to stop this. Social distancing applies to all age groups - wherever you are this weekend, keep your distance."

There have now been 33,294 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 2,332 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 20.98 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 760,600 deaths and more than 13.03 million recoveries.

Update 12:55 pm EST: There are 74 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 6,299, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 169,430 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one newly-reported coronavirus-related death in Northern Ireland today, bringing the death toll in the region to 558.

The next update on coronavirus stats from Northern Irleand will be on Monday.

August 13 -  2,331 deaths, 33,154 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:15 pm EST: There are 92 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 26,929 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC led to the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 26,929 reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 43 are men and 48 are women
  • 72% are under 45 years of age
  • 43 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 12 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 24 are in Dublin, 24 in Kildare, 8 in Limerick, 6 in Carlow, 6 in Kilkenny, 5 in Meath, 5 in Clare, and remaining 14 cases are in Cork, Donegal, Kerry, Laois, Louth, Monaghan, Offaly, Waterford and Wicklow

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland, the death toll in the country remains at 1,774.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "We expected that this week the daily figures we report would rise and fall. NPHET is closely monitoring all trends, patterns, and changes in the data, including not just case numbers but locations, age groups, and sources of transmission.

"We are asking those in Kildare, Laois, and Offaly to hold firm and stay with us in the measures introduced last weekend. As today’s figures show, cases are also occurring in several other counties around the country. This is still about a united, whole of country approach. The only way we can effectively suppress COVID-19 across Ireland in the long term is if we act together to protect each other.

There have now been 33,154 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 2,331 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 20.69 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 750,700 deaths and more than 12.86 million recoveries.

Update 11:05 am EST: There are 8 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 6,225, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 165,266 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland today, the death toll in the region remains at 557.

August 12 - 2,331 deaths, 33,055 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:05 pm EST: There are 40 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 26,838 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC led to the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 26,838 reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:

  • 21 are males and 19 are females
  • 75% are under 45 years of age
  • 19 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 13 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 12 are in Dublin, 11 in Kildare, 7 in Offaly, and the rest of the cases are in Clare, Donegal, Limerick, Meath, Roscommon, Tipperary, Wicklow

There has been one new coronavirus-related death reported in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,774.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "When NPHET tracks and analyses COVID-19’s progression in Ireland, we take into account much more than daily figures. Although today’s number is positive relative to what we saw last weekend, we remain concerned about both the number of cases that are being reported and their distribution across the country.

"The five day average for reported cases nationally is now at 75 per day. Even when we exclude Kildare, Laois, and Offaly from this, it remains significantly elevated for the rest of the country at 31 per day - it is worth recalling that in late June, the five day average for cases reported was less than 10. In light of this, I ask people to continue to hold firm and continue to closely follow public health advice."

There have now been 33,055 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 2,331 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 20.42 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 744,600 deaths and more than 12.63 million recoveries.

Update 1:40 pm EST: There are 29 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 6,217, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 163,986 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland today, the death toll in the region remains at 557.

Earlier today, Robin Swann, the Health Minister for Northern Ireland, told BBC NI's Talkback: "We're probably now at one of the most dangerous, if not riskiest, points in time of this pandemic.

"If we get this wrong now, if we don't keep our controls in place, if we don't see the people of Northern Ireland actually have respect for the guidance and regulations, we could see a further increase of Covid outbreaks, more hospitalisations, more people going into ICU and unfortunately more deaths."

He added: "We're starting to see people taking a step back even from some of the basic guidance that we were putting out - watch your distance, washing your hands and now face coverings as well.

"I'm asking for people in Northern Ireland just to re-engage with the guidance that was put there, so we can prevent a serious increase in the number of cases in the coming weeks and months."

August 11 - 2,330 deaths, 32,941 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:10 pm EST: There are 35 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 26,801 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC led to the denotification of one confirmed case. The figure of 26,801 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:

  • 15 are male and 18 are female
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • 24 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 5 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 6 are in Carlow, 5 in Clare, and the remaining 24 cases are in Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Limerick, Meath, Offaly, Tipperary and Wexford

There has been one new coronavirus-related death reported in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,773.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "The number of confirmed cases notified to us daily is likely to rise and fall this week. It is important to look at the wider trends we see in this disease in Ireland for context, and not simply one day’s figures in isolation. It will be next week before we see if measures introduced last weekend in Kildare, Laois and Offaly have had the desired effect in suppressing COVID-19 in these areas and minimising community transmission.

"We must remember that our focus as a society is on three national priorities - protecting public health and the most vulnerable, the resumption of non-COVID health services, and the reopening of our schools. Every time you choose to avoid a crowd, keep 2 meters distance, wash your hands, wear a face covering, and use the COVID Tracker app. You are making a vital contribution to this shared national effort."

There have now been 32,941 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 2,330 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 20.15 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 737,900 deaths and more than 12.38 million recoveries.

Update 2:00 pm EST: There are 48 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 6,140, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 161,201 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland today, the death toll in the region remains at 557.

August 10 -  2,329 deaths, 32,908 confirmed cases on island of Ireland.

Update 5:10 pm EST: The European Center for Disease Control today reported that the Republic of Ireland’s 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 is now at 16.9.

At 16.9, the Republic of Ireland’s incidence figure is now larger than the UK (16.5), Greece (13.3), Germany (12.9), Estonia (8.9), Lithuania (8.7), Slovenia (8.0), Norway (7.2), Slovakia (7.7), Italy (7.4), Liechtenstein (5.2), Latvia (3.7), Finland (3.5), and Hungary (2.5) among European nations.

Update 1:05 pm EST: There are 57 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 26,768 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (*Validation of data at the HPSC led to the denotification of one confirmed case. The figure of 26,768 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified in the Republic of Ireland today:

  • 29 are men and 28 are women
  • 70% are under 45 years of age
  • 31 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 8 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 19 cases are located in Kildare, 11 in Dublin, 10 in Offaly, 7 in Limerick, and the rest of the cases are in Clare, Cork, Galway, Kerry and Wicklow

There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland, the death toll in the country remains at 1,772.

Rachel Kenna, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health, said today: "From today, you are asked to wear face coverings in a variety of indoor commercial settings such as shops, supermarkets, libraries, museums, cinemas, and theatres. Remember to clean your hands before you put on your face covering, and hold it by the ear loops. Ensure it sits snugly over your nose and mouth. When you remove it, place it in a Ziploc bag and then when you get home, put it in a 60-degree wash. Try to avoid touching the front of your face covering when wearing it.”

There have now been 32,908 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 2,329 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 19.91 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 732,200 deaths and more than 12.14 million recoveries.

Update 1:00 pm EST: There are 76 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 6,140, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 158,666 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one newly-reported coronavirus-related death, bringing the death toll in the region to 557. The death occurred outside of the current reporting period (August 9 - August 10). This is the first death reported by Northern Ireland’s Department of Health since July 12.

August 9

Update 12:45 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 68 new cases of the coronavirus as the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland rose to 26,712. 

There were no further COVID-19-related deaths confirmed on Sunday and Ireland's death toll remained at 1,772.

Of the 68 new cases, 46 were confirmed in Kildare, Laois, and Offaly, the three counties placed under partial lockdown due to a rise in new infections. 

The majority of new cases (82%) were under the age of 45. 

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn said that the high number of cases in the counties is not unexpected and that the situation was being monitored closely. 

He also confirmed that face coverings would become mandatory in Irish retail outlets starting tomorrow, Aug. 10. 

"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."

August 8

Update 1 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 174 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 26,644. 

It is the first time since May 22 that more than 100 cases of the virus have been confirmed in a single day and is the highest number of new cases since May 14. 

The Department also confirmed one COVID-19-related death on Saturday evening, taking Ireland's death toll to 1,772. 

Of the 174 new cases, 118 have been diagnosed in Kildare, Laois, and Offaly, the three counties under partial lockdown due to a spike in new cases in recent days. 

The rise in cases is predominately linked to outbreaks in food-processing factories and acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn said that today's high figure was not unexpected.

"As I said last night, we are expecting significant numbers of cases to be reported over the coming days.

"Throughout this week, we have been testing all workers in facilities where outbreaks of Covid-19 have been identified as well as close contacts of those people who have received COVID positive results.

Meanwhile, gardaí have installed checkpoints throughout Kildare, Laois and Offaly to ensure that the new restrictions are being adhered to. 

August 7 - 2,328 deaths, 32,534 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:05 pm EST: Counties Kildare, Laois, and Offaly are to come under new restrictions from tonight at midnight following an outbreak in the region. You can read more here.

Update 2:00 pm EST: There are 98 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 26,470 according to Ireland's Department of Health

Of the cases notified today:

  • 57 are men and 38 are women
  • 68% are under 45 years of age
  • 67 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 4 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 35 cases are located in Kildare, 26 in Offaly, 6 in Wexford, 5 in Laois, 5 in Dublin, and 21 are spread across ten other counties (Carlow, Cavan, Donegal, Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Westmeath and Wicklow)

There have been four newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the death toll in the Republic of Ireland to 1,772.

There have now been 32,534 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 2,328 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 19.16 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 716,300 deaths and more than 11.60 million recoveries.

Update 1:55 pm EST: There are 15 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 6,064, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 153,106 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the region since July 12; the death toll in Northern Ireland remains at 556.

August 6 -  2,324 deaths, 32,421 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 5:45 pm EST: The Irish government has tonight issued special advice for those living in Kildare, Laois, and Offaly after more than 220 cases were confirmed in those counties over the past 14 days.

Update 2:35 pm EST: There are 69 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 26,372 according to Ireland's Department of Health

Of the cases notified today:

  • 37 are males and 31 are females
  • 65% are under 45 years of age
  • 39 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 2 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 22 cases are located in Offaly, 19 in Kildare, 8 in Laois, 6 in Dublin, and 14 are spread across eight other counties (Clare, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Limerick, Louth, Meath and Wexford).

There have been five newly-reported deaths in the Republic of Ireland today bringing the death toll to 1,768 in the country. Dr. Ronan Glynn, acting Chief Medical Officer, noted that four of these five deaths were reported late and occurred in May and June. 

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: “We have seen a significant increase in the incidence of COVID-19 over the past week. The reproduction number for the virus is now estimated to be 1.8. A reproduction number of almost 2 is a serious concern, and although we have not yet seen a significant increase in community transmission, there is a significant risk this could develop over the coming days and weeks emphasising the need for each of us to be extremely cautious that we do not contribute to the transmission of the virus.”

There have now been 32,421 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 2,324 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 18.89 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 710,100 deaths and more than 11.40 million recoveries.

Update 12:15 pm EST: There are 43 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 6,049, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 150,953 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the region since July 12; the death toll in Northern Ireland remains at 556.

August 5 - 2,319 deaths, 32,309 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:25 pm EST: There are 50 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 26,303  according to Ireland's Department of Health

Of the cases notified today:

  • 31 are men and 19 are women
  • 81% are under 45 years of age
  • 42 are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 4 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 11 cases are located in Wexford, 10 in Kildare, 6 in Dublin, 5 in Donegal, and
  • 18 are spread across nine other counties (Carlow, Cork, Limerick, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Sligo, Tipperary and Wicklow)

For the second day in a row, there are no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland today; the death toll in the country remains at 1,763.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "I know the decision yesterday not to move to Phase 4 will have been disappointing for many. However, NPHET’s priority must be to control the spread of this virus in our communities and to protect the progress that we have achieved to date.

"COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus and we have seen a significant increase in its spread across multiple counties over recent days. We are monitoring this very closely.

"Our focus over the coming weeks will be on continuing every effort to slow the spread of the virus so that our schools can reopen, our healthcare services resume, and our nursing homes are protected.

"I would also like to emphasise again the importance of continuing to practice safe behaviours such as physical distancing, washing our hands regularly, wearing a face covering where appropriate, avoiding crowds, and downloading the COVID Tracker app. Doing these things makes a real difference when it comes to controlling the spread of this virus."

There have now been‭‭ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭32,309 confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland while the death toll remains at 2,319.

Globally, there are more than 18.60 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 702,000 deaths and more than 11.17 million recoveries.

Update 11:45 am EST: There are 10 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 6,006, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 148,200 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the region since July 12; the death toll in Northern Ireland remains at 556.

August 4 - 2,319 deaths and 32,249 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 3:25 pm EST: The Irish government today announced changes to Phase 4 of its Roadmap to reopen the society and economy, which was supposed to launch this Monday, August 10. Learn more here.

Update 1:15 pm EST: According to The Independent, who is quoting "a senior Government source," pubs in Ireland will not reopen as part of Phase 4 from this Monday, August 10.

The Cabinet met with NPHET earlier today to discuss Ireland's progression into the next phase of opening and is expected to announce decisions later today. Stay tuned for updates.

Update 1:10 pm EST: There are 45 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 26,253 according to Ireland's Department of Health

Of the cases notified today:

  • 35 are men and 10 are women
  • 77% are under 45 years of age
  • 31 are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 4 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 33 cases are located in Kildare, 7 in Dublin, and 5 are spread across four other counties

There are no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland today; the death toll in the country remains at 1,763.

There have been 2,319 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been‭‭ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭32,249 confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 18.34 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 695,550 deaths and more than 10.94 million recoveries.

Update 11:55 am EST: There are eight newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,996, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 146,962 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the region since July 12; the death toll in Northern Ireland remains at 556.

August 3 - 2,319 deaths, 32,196 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:15 pm EST: There are 46 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 26,208 according to Ireland's Department of Health

There are no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland today; the death toll in the country remains at 1,763.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 27 are men and 19 are women
  • 85% are under 45 years of age
  • 32 are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 5 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 15 cases are located in Kildare, 8 in Laois, 7 in Clare, 5 in Offaly and the remaining 11 are spread across nine other counties

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "The vast majority of young people in Ireland have followed public health advice and have made very significant sacrifices to protect themselves and others. People of all ages will occasionally slip up as they learn to live safely with this virus. We should not seek to attribute blame, but rather continue to encourage one another to build on and sustain the great efforts that we have all made to date.

"We continue to urge everyone to observe the safe behaviours that we recommend such as physical distancing, washing hands regularly, wearing a face covering where appropriate, avoiding crowds and doing all we can to protect each other.

"NPHET continues to monitor the evolving situation very closely and will meet tomorrow."

There have now been 2,319 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been‭‭ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭32,196 confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 18.13 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 690,450 deaths and more than 10.75 million recoveries.

Update 11:35 am EST: There are 40 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,988, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 145,485 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the region since July 12; the death toll in Northern Ireland remains at 556.

August 2

Update 1 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 53 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the tally in Ireland to 25,162.

There were no further COVID-19-related deaths in Ireland as the death toll remained at 1,763. There have been no coronavirus deaths in Ireland over the last three days. 

Irish Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said that the Government will introduce random coronavirus testing at Irish airports as the international situation becomes "more volatile." 

Donnelly said that there will also be an increased number of public health officials in airports while there will be further restrictions on non-essential travel. 

The Minister for Health additionally said that the passenger locator form for arriving travelers was being made electronic while the tracing team was being bulked up to check up on people who have arrived in Ireland within the last two weeks. 

The Government is expected to sign off on the random testing when Cabinet meets on Tuesday. 

There have now been 32,110 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 2,319 coronavirus-related deaths.

Update 5 am EST: The Department of Health announced 45 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Saturday evening, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 26,109. 

There were no further coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland on Saturday as the death toll remained at 1,763. 

There has been an average of 44 cases per day over the last five days, according to acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn. 

Glynn said that the trend was concerning and encouraged people to continue to practice social distancing and to limit their number of contacts. 

There are currently ten COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals and four patients in intensive care. 

Of the 45 cases announced on Saturday:

  • Nine were in Limerick
  • Eight were in Kildare 
  • Seven were in Mayo
  • Six were in Cavan
  • Four were in Dublin 
  • The remaining 11 cases were spread across five counties 

There have now been 32,057 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 2,319 coronavirus-related deaths.

July 31 - 2,319 deaths, 32,013 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 3:10 pm EST: There are 38 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 26,065 according to Ireland's Department of Health

There are no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland today; the death toll in the country remains at 1,763.

Of today’s 38 cases:

  • 22 males and 16 females
  • the median age is 30 years
  • 82% are under 45 years of age
  • 32 cases are located in Dublin or Kildare
  • 26 are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of confirmed cases

Over the past two days a total of 123 cases have been reported. Of these:

  • 84 cases are linked to known outbreaks or are close contacts of other confirmed cases
  • at least 19 cases have been identified as community transmission while 20 cases remain under investigation
  • 44 cases are located in Kildare, 33 in Dublin, 11 in Clare, 10 in Laois, 8 in Limerick and the remaining 17 are located across 10 counties

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “This weekend, the six key things people need to do are limit the size of your network & time you spend with them, keep your distance, meet up outside if possible, wash your hands, wear a face covering and download the COVID Tracker App.”

There have now been 2,319 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been‭‭ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭32,013 confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 17.33  million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 675,100 deaths and more than 10.17 million recoveries.

Update 12:45 pm EST: There are 10 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,948, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 142,279 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the region; the death toll in Northern Ireland remains at 556.

The next update on coronavirus figures in Northern Ireland will be published on Monday.

Northern Ireland today released its StopCOVID NI app for mobile devices. Robin Swann, the region's Health Minister, said today: “The early demand for the StopCOVID NI app is really encouraging and I am sure this will be maintained as a result of the public information campaign.

“We need as many people as possible to download it and activate it.

“This app will support and supplement the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) existing telephone-based contact tracing operation that is working to minimise the spread of the virus. It is another important weapon in the ongoing battle against the virus.

“Everyone right across Northern Ireland can play their part in this battle. That includes practising strict social distancing, washing our hands, wearing face coverings in shops, and downloading this app.”

July 30 - 2,319 deaths, 31,965 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:00 pm EST: There are 85 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 26,027 according to Ireland's Department of Health

Of the 85 cases notified today:

  • 53 cases are male / 32 are females
  • 68% are under 45 years of age
  • 26 cases are located in Kildare, 18 in Dublin, 11 in Clare, 9 in Laois, 7 in Limerick, 4 in Meath and the remainder are spread across 7 other counties
  • 39% of today’s cases are associated with close contacts of a confirmed case
  • half are associated with outbreaks

There has been one newly-reported death in the Republic of Ireland bringing the death toll in the country to 1,763. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 1,763 reflects this.)

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Today’s figures demonstrate how quickly COVID-19 can re-emerge in our country.

"We are now at a crucial point in our response to COVID-19. Over the coming days it is vital that everyone continues to avoid large crowds, physically distance, wear face coverings where appropriate and wash hands regularly.

“COVID-19 is extremely infectious and no one is immune. Follow public health advice and stay vigilant."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: "Over a two-day period Ireland moved from a relatively stable epidemiology to a significant pattern connected to outbreaks. We now need to be really careful and adhere to public health advice so we do not further spread the virus. We must remain vigilant to the disease if we are to control it at this point."

There have now been 2,319 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been‭‭ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭31,965 confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 17.10  million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 668,800 deaths and more than 10.00 million recoveries.

Update 11:45 am EST: There are eight newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,938, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 141,172 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the region; the death toll in Northern Ireland remains at 556.

July 29 - 2,320 deaths, 31,872 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:00 pm EST: There are 14 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,942 according to Ireland's Department of Health

There have been no newly-reported deaths in the Republic of Ireland; the death toll remains at 1,764.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “11 of today’s cases were close contacts of confirmed cases and half of these had no symptoms. If you are concerned that you have been in contact with a confirmed case please come forward for testing. Do not wait for symptoms to emerge.

“There are now 8 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our hospital system, the lowest number since early March. However, across Europe, the pandemic appears to be accelerating once again. We have an opportunity to avoid a similar scenario here. We must take it by focusing once again on keeping our distance, washing our hands, wearing face coverings, and continuing to make safe decisions that will protect ourselves, our friends, our families. No one is safe unless everyone is safe.”

There have now been 2,320 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been‭‭ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭31,872 confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 16.81 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 662,000 deaths and more than 9.80 million recoveries.

Update 1:55 pm EST: There are nine newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,930, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 139,797 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the region; the death toll in Northern Ireland remains at 556.

July 28 - 2,320 deaths, 31,850 cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:25 pm EST: There are 40 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,929 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 25,929 reflects this.)

There have been no newly-reported deaths in the Republic of Ireland; the death toll remains at 1,764.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "Today’s cases are spread across a range of different settings and age groups. 75% of cases are under 45 years of age, with a median age of 33 years. At least half of today’s cases were known close contacts of other confirmed cases.

"It remains vital that if a person is concerned that they have been in contact with a confirmed case or is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, that they isolate and come forward for testing without delay."

There have now been 2,320 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been‭‭ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭31,850 confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 16.54 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 655,300 deaths and more than 9.61 million recoveries.

Update 1:15 pm EST:  There are nine newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,921, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 138,615 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the region; the death toll in Northern Ireland remains at 556.

July 27 - 2,320 deaths, 31,804 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:00 pm EST: There are 11 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,892 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been no newly-reported deaths in the Republic of Ireland; the death toll remains at 1,764.

Over the past 14 days, the total number of confirmed cases notified to the HPSC is 196. Of these:

  • 52% are male, 47% are female
  • median age is 37 years old; 58% of these cases were between 25 – 55 years old
  • 23 counties reported new cases; Dublin 62%, Kildare 10%, Cork 4%, and Meath 4%
  • 9% of these cases were travel-related,
  • 34% were close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 32% are reported as community transmission

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "Fortunately, the number of cases reported last week (124) were fewer than the week before (143)."

There have now been 2,320 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been‭‭ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭31,804 confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 16.33 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 649,900 deaths and more than 9.43 million recoveries.

Update 11:40 am EST: There are 21 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,912, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 137,541 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the region; the death toll in Northern Ireland remains at 556.

July 26 

Update 12:40 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 12 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 25,881. 

There have been no further deaths related to COVID-19 in Ireland over the last 24 hours as the country's death toll remained at 1,764. 

There are currently five COVID-19 patients in intensive care and a total of 11 patients in Irish hospitals. 

There were a further three hospital admissions in the last 24 hours. 

Tanáiste Leo Varadkar has claimed that the Irish Government needs to tighten up plans to monitor people traveling into Ireland from countries not on the state's green list.

Tanáiste Leo Varadkar.

Tanáiste Leo Varadkar.

"We’re going to look at other measures as well, for example, the possibility of requiring people to have evidence of a negative [COVID] test prior to traveling from some countries," Varadkar said on RTÉ's This Week in Politics. 

Tánaiste @LeoVaradkar says the whole issue of international travel has gotten too much attention in the last few weeks and that it prevents us from focusing on what are the real risks. He says the advice from the government in relation to travel is clear. #rtetwip #rtenews pic.twitter.com/A5fvFL0tDF

— The Week in Politics (@rtetwip) July 26, 2020

July 25

Update 12:45 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 24 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Ireland to 25,869. 

The Department additionally announced one new death from the virus in Ireland as the country's death toll rose to 1,764. 

HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid confirmed that there were 10 coronavirus patients in Irish hospitals and five patients in intensive care, the lowest hospital figures since before the peak in mid-April. 

Thankfully this morning, we are at our lowest hospitalised #COVID19 cases since the peak. There are 10 confirmed positive cases now in hospital, with 5 in ICU. Our thoughts with everyone for a full recovery. @HSELive

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) July 25, 2020

The Irish Government is additionally preparing to publish plans at the end of the month to reopen schools, which have been closed since March 13. 

July 24

Update 12:50 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 20 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland to 25,845. 

There were no further deaths from the virus in Ireland as the country's death toll remained at 1,763. 

There are currently five COVID-19 patients in intensive care and a total of 11 coronavirus patients in Irish hospitals. 

There have been 2,319 coronavirus deaths and 31,736 cases on the island of Ireland. 

Update 11:40 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has confirmed 15 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,891. 

There were no new deaths from the virus in Northern Ireland as the region's death toll remained at 556.

There have been no new deaths in the North over the last 11 days and there are currently two COVID-19 patients in intensive care in Northern Irish hospitals. 

Northern Irish Health Minister Robin Swann confirmed that the North's COVID tracker app will be launched next week in a bid to stem the total number of infections in the region. 

Update 9:40 am EST: Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has told the Dáil that Ireland is "going to have a second surge" based on evidence from around the world but confirmed that Ireland's R number has fallen to between 0.7 and 1.4, down from about 1.8 last week. 

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly.

The R number is the rate at which a disease spreads from an infected person to another person, meaning that if the R number is at 1, an infected person will likely infect one other person. 

Donnelly said that the best estimate for the current R number was 1.1 based on today's figures and he described the current R number as a "serious concern for public health." 

He told the Government that nursing homes should be safeguarded against further surges of the virus. 

"The public health officials are saying based on how they are seeing this disease work around the world, they are saying we are going to have a second surge," Donnelly said. 

"We are hoping it will be low, we are hoping it might be localized geographically, but we have to be prepared within particular communities, particular counties, particular cities for the prevalence rate to go up." 

July 23 - 2,319 deaths, 31,702 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 3:05 pm EST: There are seven newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,826 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been nine newly-reported deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,763.

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: "That the R value has decreased is welcome news. However, it is tempered by the fact that this novel virus is still with us, and it only needs our complacency to spread widely once again as it wants to do. This is a long game. As we head into the weekend and beyond, we must continue to remain vigilant in order to keep this progress up."

Ireland's Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said today that the R number in the Republic of Ireland is between one and 1.4, a decrease from around 1.8 last week.

There have now been 2,319 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been‭‭ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭31,702 confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 15.30 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 625,000 deaths and more than 8.71 million recoveries.

Update 11:55 am EST: There are eight newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,876, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 132,869 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the region; the death toll in Northern Ireland remains at 556.

July 22 - 2,310 deaths, 31,687 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:55 pm EST: There are 17 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,819 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There has been one newly-reported death in the Republic of Ireland bringing the death toll in the country to 1,754.

There have now been 2,310 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been‭‭ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭31,687 confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 15.01 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 618,000 deaths and more than 8.52 million recoveries.

Update 12:30 pm EST: There are nine newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,868, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 131,487 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the region; the death toll in Northern Ireland remains at 556.

July 21 - 2,309 deaths, 31,661 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

A woman wearing a face mask in Ireland's capital city of Dublin on July 21, 2020.

A woman wearing a face mask in Ireland's capital city of Dublin on July 21, 2020.

Update 1:35 pm EST: There are 36 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,802 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

As of midnight Monday, July 20, 574,487 tests have been carried out in Ireland. Over the past week, 51,128 tests were carried out. 139 tests were positive, giving a positivity rate of 0.27%.

There have been no newly-reported deaths in the Republic of Ireland; the death toll in the country remains at 1,753.

There have now been 2,309 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been‭‭ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭31,661 confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 14.76 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 611,300 deaths and more than 8.33 million recoveries.

Update 11:30 am EST: There are two newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,859, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 130,161 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the region; the death toll in Northern Ireland remains at 556.

July 20 - 2,309 deaths, 31,623 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:50 pm EST: There are six newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,766 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been no newly-reported deaths in the Republic of Ireland; the death toll in the country remains at 1,753.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "We are now seeing outbreaks of the virus in a range of work settings, including in construction, in fast food outlets and in supermarkets.

"We can’t underestimate how quickly clusters develop. We have come so far together, but we need to stay vigilant to prevent a resurgence across the whole country in the coming weeks.

"Many workplaces have introduced the new regimes and safety measures necessary to reopen their businesses. I would remind all employers that the workplace and, most particularly, shops, services and supermarkets, are the new front line. We are asking you to do everything you can to put the safety of your staff and customers first.

"With the increase in outbreaks in our communities, I would urge everyone to wear face coverings in healthcare settings and when shopping, including in the supermarket and other indoor retail services."

There have now been 2,309 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been‭‭ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭31,623 confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 14.56 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 607,100 deaths and more than 8.19 million recoveries.

Update 12:25 pm EST: There are 23 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,857, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 128,998 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the region; the death toll in Northern Ireland remains at 556.

July 19 

Update 12:30 pm EST: The Department of Health has confirmed ten new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 25,760. 

There were no further COVID-19 deaths in Ireland recorded on Sunday, as the country's death toll remained at 1,753. 

There are currently nine COVID-19 patients in intensive care and a total of 10 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals. 

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn said that people must not be complacent in the fight against the virus. 

"As the pandemic accelerates around the world, we must remain vigilant here in Ireland. Every day, in our individual actions, we have the power to limit the spread of this virus."

July 18

Update 1 pm EST: There have been 21 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Ireland, taking the total number of cases to 25,750. 

There have also been two further deaths from the virus, bringing Ireland's death toll to 1,753. 

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre(HSPC) has additionally denotified one death and one case of the virus. 

There are currently ten COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals and eight patients in intensive care. 

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn encouraged with known symptoms of COVID-19 to contact their doctor. 

"Do not adopt a wait-and-see approach," Glynn said.

Glynn additionally emphasized the importance of adhering to social distancing regulations and wear face coverings when in shops or using public transport. 

July 17 - 2,308 deaths, 31,564 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:40 pm EST: There are 34 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,730 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 25,730 confirmed cases reflects this.)

There have been three newly-reported deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,752.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, the acting Chief Medical Officer, said today: "All of the measures that we have been talking about for many months now are so important; physical distancing, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette, wearing a face-covering where appropriate, avoiding large crowds - are all actions each of us can take to cut the chains of transmission and stop this virus in its tracks.

"It now depends on the actions we take as individuals, as to whether this virus gets an opportunity to spread through our communities. Continue to follow the public health advice, know the risks, know the symptoms, and stay safe."

There have now been 2,308 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been‭‭ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭31,564 confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 13.88 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 592,700 deaths and more than 7.77 million recoveries.

Update 12:20 pm EST: There are 19 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,834, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 125,446 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the region; the death toll in Northern Ireland remains at 556.

The next update on figures from Northern Ireland will be on Monday, July 20.

July 16 - 2,305 deaths, 31,513 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:30 pm EST: There are 21 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,698  according to Ireland's Department of Health

There has been one newly-reported death in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,749.

There have now been 2,305 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been‭‭ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭31,513 confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 13.63 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 585,900 deaths and more than 7.61 million recoveries.

Update 12:20 pm EST: There are 16 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,815, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 124,190 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the region; the death toll in Northern Ireland remains at 556.

July 15 - 2,304 deaths, 31,482 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 5:40 pm EST: To learn more about Phase 4 of Ireland's Roadmap to reopen society and the economy, which has been delayed until August 10, read here.

Update 3:00 pm EST: Taoiseach Micheál Martin today confirmed that the Republic of Ireland will not enter Phase 4  of its Roadmap to reopen society and the economy this coming Monday. Stay tuned for updates.

Latest:

✖️ Phase 4 paused.

😷 Face masks mandatory in shops.

🍺 Pubs/nightclubs shut until August 10.

🏠 House gatherings limited to max of 10 people.

🛫 Green list on Monday - public urged to avoid holidays abroad.

🔴 Indoor/Outdoor gatherings won't increase on Monday.

— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) July 15, 2020

Update 2:10 pm EST: There are 14 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,683 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 25,683 confirmed cases reflects this.)

There have been two newly-reported deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,748.

There have now been 2,304 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been‭‭ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭31,482 confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 13.39 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 580,200 deaths and more than 7.44 million recoveries.

Update 2:05 pm EST: There are nine newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,799, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 123,285 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in the region; the death toll in Northern Ireland remains at 556.

July 14 - 2,302 deaths, 31,460 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:00 pm EST: There are 32 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,670 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

523,277 tests have been carried out in the country as of midnight on Monday, July 13. Over the past week, 49,264 tests were carried out. 157 tests were positive, giving a positivity rate of 0.3%.

For the second day in a row, there have been no newly-reported deaths in the Republic of Ireland. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland remains at 1,746. 

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭2,302 ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭31,460 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 13.14 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 574,000 deaths and more than 7.30 million recoveries.

Update 11:25 am EST: There are two newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,790, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 122,403 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

The death toll in the region is now 556, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

July 13 - 2,301 deaths, 31,426 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:10 pm EST: As of today and effective until October 5, people who do not comply with the new laws that make face coverings mandatory on public transport could face fines of up to €2,500 and/or six months in prison.

The new regulations provide for instances where customers have a reasonable excuse not to wear a face covering, including where they:

  • cannot put one on, wear or remove a face covering because of any physical or mental illness, impairment or disability or without severe distress
  • need to communicate with another person who has difficulties communicating
  • remove the face covering to provide emergency assistance or to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • remove the face covering to take medication

People under the age of 13 are not required to wear face coverings.

The Regulations are to be implemented by a “relevant person” who is defined as any officer, employee, or agent of a public transport operator or of the National Transport Authority. 

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said today he's "greatly encouraged by the widespread compliance" with the new regulations:

I’m greatly encouraged by the widespread compliance with the new law on face masks on public transport. I understand the debate on how to police it with reluctant minority, but my personal experience tells me that vast majority will embrace this law and do what they are asked.

— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) July 13, 2020

Update 1:10 pm EST: There are 11 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,638 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 25,638 reflects this.)

There have been no newly-reported deaths in the Republic of Ireland today. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland remains at 1,746. 

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "Our research shows that 38% of the population now believe the worst of the pandemic is ahead of us. This does not have to be the case. Simple measures like hand washing, physical distancing, face coverings in appropriate settings, cough/sneeze etiquette and watching out for symptoms are the crucial elements in suppressing COVID-19."

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭2,301 ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭31,426 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 12.97 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 570,200 deaths and more than 7.15 million recoveries.

Update 12:40 pm EST: There are 16 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,788, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 121,528 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

One new coronavirus-relate death has been reported, bringing the death toll in the region to 555.

July 12

Update 5:15 pm EST:  There are 0 deaths and 17 cases confirmed in the Republic of Ireland. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has not been notified of any additional deaths from COVID-19; there have been 1,746 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

An additional 17 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed; there have now been 25,628 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

July 11

Update 5:05 pm EST: There are 23 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,611 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 25,611 reflects this.)

There have been two newly-reported deaths in the Republic of Ireland today. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland is 1,746. 

Northern Ireland is no longer reporting COVID-19 statistics over the weekend.

Globally, there are more than 12. 58 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 562,100 deaths and more than 6.91 million recoveries.

July 10 - 2,298 deaths, 31,361 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:40 pm EST: Taoiseach Micheál Martin today confirmed that the wearing of masks on public transport will be made compulsory from Monday.

Martin said the regulations would be signed later tonight.

"Outside of the public transport system, we encourage people to wear masks in crowded indoor gatherings and where social distancing is not possible," he added.

From Monday, the wearing of masks will be compulsory, says Taoiseach Micheál Martin. | More: https://t.co/OYw1tdxWcF pic.twitter.com/rfgTcMs3XB

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) July 10, 2020

Update 2:25 pm EST: There are 25 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,589 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 25,589 reflects this.)

There has been one newly-reported death in the Republic of Ireland today. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland is 1,744. 

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭2,298 ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭31,361 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 12.34 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 556,300 deaths and more than 6.78 million recoveries.

Update 10:50 am EST: There are four newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,772, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 119,180 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

For the seventh consecutive day, there have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 554.

July 9 - 2,297 deaths, 31,333 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:40 pm EST: There are 23 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,565 according to Ireland's Department of Health

There have been six newly-reported deaths in the Republic of Ireland today. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland is 1,743. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,743 reflects this.)

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "15 of today’s confirmed cases are directly or indirectly related to travel. NPHET today reiterates that all non-essential travel overseas should be avoided.

“In addition, 77% of cases reported today are under 25 years of age. COVID-19 is extremely infectious and none of us are immune. It is important that we all continue to follow public health advice and risk assess our actions."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: "We are seeing an increase in the number of reported cases over the last 2 weeks and the R-number is now at or above 1. There is an immediate need for all of us to take care and caution in our decisions and actions."

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭2,297 ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭31,333 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 12.11 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 551,200 deaths and more than 6.64 million recoveries.

Update 1:20 pm EST: There are three newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,768, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 118,186 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

For the sixth consecutive day, there have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 554.

July 8 - 2,292 deaths, 31,307 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:45 pm EST: The COVID Tracker app, launched by Ireland's HSE and Department of Health on Tuesday, is expected to see 1 million downloads in the first 24 hours of its release.

As of 8am, 865,000 people have taken another step to push back Covid19 by downloading the #CovidTracker App.

A HUGE act of solidarity. Thank you so much 🙏

Please take 2 minutes today. Please download the app & help us all keep each other safe.

— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) July 8, 2020

We expect to be at 1M users of our new #CovidTrackerApp within 24 hours of our formal launch. By far the most successful launch of this App anywhere in the world. Well done Ireland. Please keep it going and protect everyone by downloading it now. @HSELive #COVID19

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) July 8, 2020

You can learn more about the COVID Tracker app here.

Update 2:15 pm EST: There are 11 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,542 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 7 confirmed cases. The figure of 25,542 confirmed cases reflects this.)

There have been no newly-reported deaths in the Republic of Ireland today. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland is 1,738. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 deaths. The figure of 1,738 reflects this.)

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭2,292 ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭31,307 ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 11.89 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 545,400 deaths and more than 6.48 million recoveries.

Update 12:30 pm EST: There are four newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,765, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 116,954 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

For the fifth consecutive day, there have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 554.

July 7 - 2,296‬ deaths, 31,299‬ confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 3:45 pm EST: Today, the Irish government launched its COVID Tracker app which allows for digital contact tracing of close contacts of confirmed cases of COVID-19, allows users to record if they have symptoms, and provides daily information about COVID-19 from a trusted source.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said: "Today we are asking the people of Ireland to download the COVID Tracker App. Until we have a vaccine, or an effective treatment, testing and contact tracing are vital to our ongoing collective efforts to minimise the spread of COVID-19. The app is integral to contact tracing, working in tandem with the key public health measures of social distancing, hand washing, covering our coughs, and wearing face coverings, helping us to stay safe and to protect each other."

Paul Reid, Chief Executive Officer, HSE said: "The app will enhance the existing contact tracing operations. For those using the app, it can mean a reduction in the time it takes to trace close contacts from days to hours and, importantly, it can also help to identify close contacts who are not known to each other. Every additional contact that the app can trace will improve our existing contact tracing operations. By downloading the app, you are helping us to reach more people in a shorter time period and to provide the right advice and access to testing. This will increase our capacity to suppress the virus."

Ireland's Health Service Executive said that the app has been downloaded about 607,000 times during its first day of release.

Users in Ireland can download the COVID Tracker app here.

Update 3:05 pm EST: There are 24 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,538 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 17 confirmed cases. The figure of 25,538 confirmed cases reflects this.)

There has been one newly reported coronavirus-related death in the Republic of Ireland today bringing the death toll in the country to 1,742.

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭2,296‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭31,299‬ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 11.69 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 540,000 deaths and more than 6.34 million recoveries.

Update 11:50 am EST: There are five newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,761, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 116,146 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

For the fourth consecutive day, there have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 554.

July 6 - 2,295 deaths, 31,287 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:15 pm EST:  There are four newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,531 according to Ireland's Department of Health

There have been no newly reported coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland today; the death toll in the country remains at 1,741.

Rachel Kenna, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health, said: "If allowed to spread, COVID-19 has the potential to overwhelm our health service. Our healthcare workers remain on the frontline of this pandemic, and it is each individuals choices that will determine what our health service will face in the coming weeks and months. Please continue to follow the guidelines; physically distance, wash your hands regularly, use cough/sneeze etiquette, wear a face-covering appropriately."

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭2,295‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭31,287‬ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 11.49 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 535,100 deaths and more than 6.21 million recoveries.

Update 11:15 am EST: There are nine newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,756, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 115,340 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 554.

July 5

Update 12:30 pm EST: There have been no further deaths from COVID-19 in Ireland and 18 new cases of the virus, the Department of Health has confirmed. 

The total number of infections in Ireland has risen to 25,527 while the country's death toll remains at 1,741. 

An Irish doctor has claimed that a second wave of the virus is only "weeks away" after large crowds congregated in pubs  Dublin's city center on the first weekend that pubs have been open since mid-March. 

Dr. Maitiú Ó Tuathail, the former president of the National Association of General Practitioners, told RTÉ's Brendan O'Connor that the scenes were "profoundly upsetting" and said it was a slap in the face for Ireland's frontline workers. 

"After last night I really think we’re weeks away from a second wave and my colleagues on the front line are just not ready for it psychologically."

Meanwhile, Licensed Vintners Association, a body representing Irish pubs, has strongly condemned the scenes in the capital, saying that it "completely jeopardizes" public health. 

Elsewhere, Northern Ireland's Department of Health has ceased releasing COVID-19 data on weekends. 

July 4 

Update 12:30 pm EST: One further COVID-19 patient has died in the Republic of Ireland, taking the country's death toll to 1,741. 

The Department of Health additionally announced 11 newly-confirmed cases of the virus, as the total number of infections in Ireland rose to 25,509. 

There was a slight increase in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, with 22 patients in Irish hospitals compared to 20 on Friday. 

There was also a slight increase in the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care Saturday with one new admission to ICU. There are currently 11 COVID-19 patients in ICU. 

The Northern Ireland Department of Health did not release any information on July 4 regarding new cases and new deaths, meaning that the total number of confirmed cases on the island of Ireland rose to 31,256 while the number of deaths rose to 2,295. 

July 3 

Update 12:50 pm EST: Two further COVID-19 patients have died in the Republic of Ireland, taking the total number of deaths in the country to 1,740. 

The Department of Health additionally announced nine newly-confirmed cases of the virus as the total number of infections in Ireland rose to 25,498. 

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Ireland's Acting Chief Medical Officer, said that Ireland's infection rate over the last two weeks was down to three in every 100,000, one of the lowest rates in Europe. 

"The key to maintaining this status is responsible individual behaviors and avoiding any complacency," he said. 

There are currently 10 COVID-19 patients in intensive care in Ireland and a total of 20 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitals. 

On the island of Ireland, there have now been 31,245 coronavirus infections and 2,294 deaths.

Update 10:30 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced four newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed infections in the region to 5,747. 

The Department of Health additionally announced two further deaths from the virus, bringing Northern Ireland's death toll to 554. 

There are currently no COVID-19 patients in intensive care in Northern Ireland and 12 patients in hospital. 

Update 9:40 am EST: The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has said that the excess deaths reported in Ireland between March and June were "substantially" less than the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the same time period. 

Excess deaths refers to the number of deaths recorded within a timeframe that would be considered more than usual. 

HIQA said that there were roughly 1,200 excess deaths between March 11 and June 16, around 500 less than the 1,709 people recorded as having died of COVID-19. 

HIQA said in the report that officially-reported COVID-19 deaths likely overestimate the total number of excess deaths caused by the virus. 

We have examined the number of excess deaths that occurred during the current COVID-19 epidemic to inform the National Public Health Emergency Team’s response. Read the new analysis here: https://t.co/bx0itJ2QEV pic.twitter.com/hVp7zNvuDy

— HIQA (@HIQA) July 3, 2020

It says that people who tested positive for COVID-19 at the time of death but whose cause of death were predominately due to other illnesses were likely included in the official coronavirus death toll.

However, Dr. Conor Teljeur, HIQA's Chief Scientist, told RTÉ News that the excess death figures do not fully reflect the COVID-19 death toll and that the official figure of over 1,700 deaths is still accurate. He said that the figure may be a slight overestimate of the actual number of COVID-19 deaths. 

Ireland additionally includes suspected or probable cases of the coronavirus in its daily death figures and the report would suggest that at least some of those cases may not have had the virus at all, according to RTÉ News.

July 2 - 2,290 deaths, 31,257‬ confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 3:15 pm EST: Dr. Tony Holohan, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer, today announced that he is stepping down from his role to spend more time with his family. He revealed that his wife, who was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer in 2012, was admitted into palliative care on Saturday.

Dr. Ronan Glynn will be assuming Dr. Holohan's roles.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says he is taking time out from work commitments to be with his family. A plan has been put in place for others to take over responsibility for different aspects of his role. Dr Ronan Glynn will take over as acting Chief Medical Officer pic.twitter.com/XBthm9ll9f

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) July 2, 2020

Update 2:40 pm EST:  There are 15 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to  25,489 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 25,489 confirmed cases reflects this.)

There have been five newly reported coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland today; the death toll in the country is now 1,738. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 5 deaths. The figure of 1,738 deaths reflects this.)

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “What has been a collective and effective national effort to suppress COVID-19 in Ireland, now also becomes an individual mission. Every person must risk assess their own environments, make appropriate decisions about where they will go and who they will meet, and how they can ensure their safety and the safety of those around them.

“Continue to follow public health advice, understand the risks of your actions and environments and stay safe.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “60% of all COVID-19 cases have been reported in the past month. The transmission of the virus is accelerating globally. In order to limit the potential for a resurgence of the disease in Ireland, we all must continue to follow public health advice and take responsibility for our individual actions.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; “The reproductive number is now estimated to be closer to 1 than it has been in recent weeks. The R number is easily influenced by small changes to the transmission of the virus.

“We have noticed an increase in the number of cases towards the end of last week. It is a trend that NPHET will continue to monitor closely.”

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭2,290‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭31,257‬ confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 10.76 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 517,600 deaths and more than 5.52 million recoveries.

Update 11:25 am EST: There are seven newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,768, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 113,283 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one newly-reported coronavirus-related death in Northern Ireland bringing the death toll in the region to 552.

July 1 - 2,289 deaths, 31,238 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 3:10 pm EST: There are six newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,477 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 25,477 confirmed cases reflects this.)

There have been three newly reported coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland today; the death toll in the country is now 1,738. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,738 deaths reflects this.)

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The National Public Health Emergency Team continues to advise against all non-essential travel.

“The WHO has warned that the global pandemic is accelerating. In the past week, over 160,000 cases have been reported each day.

“The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again tomorrow (Thursday 2nd July) as it continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 nationally and internationally, and review Ireland’s response and preparedness to the disease.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “In June, a total of 31 cases of COVID-19 in Ireland were associated with travel. The balance of keeping the disease suppressed in Ireland will continue to be challenging as society and business reopens. Public Health Advice remains available on gov.ie/health and hse.ie.”

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭2,289‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭31,238‬ confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 10.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 512,600 deaths and more than 5.39 million recoveries.

Update 12:25 pm EST: There is one newly-confirmed case of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,761, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 111,698 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There are no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland for the second day in a row; the death toll remains at 551.

June 30 - 2,287‬ deaths, 31,233‬ confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:15 pm EST: There are 11 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,473 according to Ireland's Department of Health

There has been one newly reported coronavirus-related death in the Republic of Ireland today; the death toll in the country is now 1,736.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "Today marks 6 months since the WHO first received reports of what we now know to be COVID-19.

“Since then, there have been 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths reported worldwide.

“We know more about this virus and how to limit its spread than we did 6 months ago. It is very important that we keep up the national effort to reduce the impact of this disease in our country.”

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭2,287‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭31,233‬ confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 10.3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 507,000 deaths and more than 5.27 million recoveries.

Update 11:50 am EST: There are three newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,760, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 110,227 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There are no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland; the death toll remains at 551.

June 29 - 2,286 deaths, 31,219 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:55 pm EST: There are 24 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,462 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 25,462 confirmed cases reflects this)

There have been no newly reported coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland today; the death toll in the country remains at 1,735.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "We are starting to see a worrying trend, with the number of reported cases increasing, and some new clusters.

"As restrictions are lifted and people move about more, it’s important that we use the tools that have helped us suppress the virus to date.

"Hand washing, physical distancing, cough/sneeze hygiene and wearing face coverings are important personal behaviours that mean, as we go about our daily lives, that we are doing everything we can to avoid contracting the virus and spreading it to those we love."

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭2,286‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭31,219‬ confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 10.1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 502,800 deaths and more than 5.16 million recoveries.

Update 11:40 am EST: There are six newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,757, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 109,684 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one newly-reported coronavirus-related death in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 551.

Update 7:45 am EST: The Republic of Ireland has officially entered Phase 3 of its Roadmap to reopen society and the economy. You can read more about what changes in Ireland today here.

June 28 

Update 12:40 pm EST: One further COVID-19 patient has died in the Republic of Ireland, taking the country's death toll to 1,735. 

The Department of Health also confirmed an additional three cases of the virus on Sunday as the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland rose to 25,439. 

There are currently 20 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals and 11 patients in intensive care as the number of hospitalizations in Ireland continues to remain low. 

However, Dr. Tony Holohan, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer, said that there was a worrying trend of younger demographics contracting the virus. 

Of the 22 newly-confirmed cases on Saturday for instance, 18 were under the age of 54. 

With Ireland set to almost totally reopen on Monday, Holohan said that the trend was a "real concern" as more people prepare to reconnect with friends and family. 

Phase 3 of Ireland's Roadmap to COVID-19 recovery comes into effect on Monday with restaurants, cinemas, barbers, and pubs that serve substantial meals all permitted to reopen. 

Earlier in the day, Northern Ireland confirmed one coronavirus-related death and one new case of the virus as the total number of infections on the island of Ireland rose to 31,190 and the number of deaths rose to 2,285.

Update 11 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced one newly-confirmed case of the coronavirus and one new death on Sunday. 

There have now been 550 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland and a total of 5,751 confirmed cases. 

There are currently 19 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals, while there are no confirmed cases in intensive care. 

June 27

Update 12:40 pm EST: A further six COVID-19 patients have died in the Republic of Ireland, taking the country's death toll to 1,734.

The Department of Health also confirmed 23 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the highest number of new daily cases since June 13. 

The total number of confirmed cases in Ireland now stands at 25,437.

There are currently 22 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals and 11 confirmed cases of the virus in intensive care. 

There have been 31,187 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 2,283 deaths since the virus was first diagnosed at the end of February. 

Update 11 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced two newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death from the virus. 

The region's death toll now stands at 549 while the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen to 5,750. 

There are currently 21 COVID-19 patients in Northern Irish hospitals and no coronavirus patients in intensive care. 

June 26 - 2,278‬ deaths, 31,162‬ confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:35 pm EST: There are 11 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,414 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 25,414 confirmed cases reflects this.)

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland bringing the death toll in the country to 1,730. 

The number of people who have died from COVID-19 or have been diagnosed has fallen for the ninth and eight week in a row respectively.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today:  "WHO analysis has shown the 7-day incidence of COVID-19 in Ireland to be among the lowest in the EU. And this is thanks to the collective efforts of everyone.

“However, we are witnessing new outbreaks across various countries as they ease restrictions and this reminds us of two things – the importance of adherence to public health guidelines as we ease restrictions here in Ireland and the importance of continuing to avoid all non-essential travel.”

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭2,278‬ coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭ ‭31,162‬ confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 9.66 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 490,000 deaths and more than 4.87 million recoveries.

Update 11:45 am EST: There are four newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,748, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 106,374 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one newly-reported coronavirus-related death in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 548.

June 25 - ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭2,274‬ deaths, ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭31,129‬ confirmed ‭cases on island of Ireland

Update 5:15 pm EST: The Irish government announced today that Phase 3 of their Roadmap to reopen society and the economy can begin this Monday, June 29. You can read more about it here.

Update 2:05 pm EST: There are 11 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,405 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 25,405 confirmed cases reflects this.)

There has been one more coronavirus-related death in the Republic of Ireland bringing the death toll in the country to 1,727. 

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "NPHET noted today that over a third of new cases in the past 14 days are under 35 years of age. It also noted a number of EU countries reported an increase in new cases.

“7% of cases notified in Ireland over the past fortnight have been associated with travel. NPHET expressed a clear view that overseas travel poses a risk to importation of the disease and to further transmission in Ireland.

“The ECDC has recently warned that the pandemic is not over. Ireland has made significant gains in suppressing COVID-19. Our task over the coming weeks and months is maintaining these gains.”

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭2,274‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭31,129‬ confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 9.49 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 484,000 deaths and more than 4.78 million recoveries.

Update 1:20 pm EST: There are two newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 5,724, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

To date, 102,164 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

From today, the Northern Ireland Department of Health's daily reporting update will also include tests carried out through regional test centers, mobile test units, and home testing kits from 29 April, which is why there has been such large increase from yesterday's total number of confirmed cases (4,873) and total number of individuals tested (73,239.)

The reproduction number, or "R" number, is reported to be 0.6 – 0.9.

There have been no newly-reported coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 547.

June 24 - 2,273 deaths, 30,269 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:05 pm EST:  There are five newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,396 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been six more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland bringing the death toll in the country to 1,726. 

As of midnight on 21 June, 92% of all confirmed cases to date are estimated to have recovered from COVID-19.

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭2,273‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭30,269‬ confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 9.29 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 478,200 deaths and more than 4.66 million recoveries.

Update 11:40 am EST: There are two newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,873.

To date, 73,239 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one newly-reported coronavirus-related death in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 547, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

June 23 - 2,266 deaths, 30,262 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:55 pm EST: There are 10 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,391 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 25,391 confirmed cases reflects this.)

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland bringing the death toll in the country to 1,720. 

As of midnight Monday 22 June, 404,989 tests have been carried out. Over the past week, 18,368 tests were carried out. 97 tests were positive, giving a positivity rate of 0.5%.

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭2,266‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭30,262‬ confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 9.15 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 473,500 deaths and more than 4.58 million recoveries.

Update 12:00 pm EST: There are no newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland; the total number of confirmed cases in the region remains at 4,871.

To date, 72,386 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one newly-reported coronavirus-related death in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 546, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

June 22 - 2,262 deaths, 30,254 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:00 pm EST: There are four newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,383 according to Ireland's Department of Health

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland bringing the death toll in the country to 1,717. 

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Yesterday, more than 183,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported globally, the most in a single day according to the WHO."

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭2,262‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭30,254‬ confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 9.00 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 469,100 deaths and more than 4.46 million recoveries.

Update 11:40 am EST: There is one newly-confirmed case of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,871.

To date, 71,806 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been no newly-reported coronavirus-related death in Northern Ireland. The death toll in the region remains at 545, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

June 21

Update 12:30 pm EST: There have been no new COVID-19 deaths in the Republic of Ireland, meaning that the country's death toll remains at 1,715. 

There have been no new deaths on the island of Ireland today after Northern Ireland also reported no new deaths earlier in the day, meaning that the death toll on the island of Ireland remains at 2,260. 

The Department of Health additionally confirmed six new cases of the virus as the total number of cases in Ireland rose to 25,379.

Earlier in the day, the Northern Irish Health Department confirmed four new cases of the virus, taking the total number of cases on the island of Ireland to 30,249.

There are currently 16 COVID-19 patients in intensive care in Irish hospitals and a total of 41 COVID-19 patients in hospitals throughout the country. 

There are also 137 suspected cases of COVID-19 in Irish hospitals. 

Those figures are drastically smaller than at the end of April when there were 160 confirmed cases in ICU and more than 1,000 confirmed or suspected cases in hospital. 

Update 9:50 am EST: There have been no new coronavirus deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the region's Department of Health. 

The north's death toll remains at 545. 

The Health Department additionally announced four newly-confirmed cases of the virus on Sunday, taking the total number of cases in the region to 4,870.

Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann said that the Stormont Assembly is currently considering a permanent memorial for all those who have died from COVID-19.

June 20 

Update 12:30 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 22 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus and two additional deaths. 

Ireland's COVID-19 death toll has risen to 1,715 while the total number of cases has risen to 25,374. 

The number of COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals has fallen again and there are now just 41 confirmed cases of the virus in hospital, compared to over 1,000 at the end of April. 

The number of cases in ICU rose by one to 17 compared to Friday's total of 16. 

Professor Sam McConkey, a specialist in infectious diseases, has said that the virus is currently at a "one in a million" level in the Irish community. 

He said that almost every new daily case is part of a known chain of spread and that the chances of an unexpected transmission are about one in a million. 

Earlier in the day,  Northern Ireland announced no new cases of the virus for the first time in three months. 

There have now been 30,240 cases of the virus on the island of Ireland and 2,260 deaths. 

Update 9:45 am EST: Northern Ireland has reported no new cases of Northern Ireland for the first time in more than three months. 

The total number of cases in Northern Ireland remains at 4,866. 

The Northern Ireland Department of Health additionally announced one new COVID-19 death on Saturday, taking the region's death toll to 545. 

June 19 

Update 12:30 pm EST: Two further people have died in Ireland from COVID-19, taking the death toll in Ireland to 1,714. 

The Department of Health also announced 13 newly-confirmed cases of the virus in Ireland as the total number of infections rose to 25,368. 

There are currently 16 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in ICU in Irish hospitals, just 10% of the peak of 160 in mid-April. 

The number of hospitalizations also continues to fall with 44 COVID-19 patients in hospital as of Friday morning, compared with more than 1,000 at the beginning of May. 

Ireland's Chief Medical Dr. Tony Holohan urged people to take "personal responsibility" to protect themselves and others from the virus and encouraged people to continue practicing social distancing in addition to using face masks and adhering to cough etiquette. 

There have been 2,258 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 30,234 cases of the virus on the island of Ireland since it was first diagnosed at the end of February. 

Update 9:30 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced that one further COVID-19 patient has died, taking the region's death toll to 544. 

The Health Department also announced three newly-confirmed cases of the virus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the north to 4,866. 

More than half of all deaths in Northern Ireland have been care home residents. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) says that there have been 802 deaths in Northern Ireland where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, a difference of more than 250 deaths compared to the official death toll. 

The figures differ because some COVID-19 patients had not been tested for the virus before they passed away, but health officials consider it a factor. 

June 18 - 2,257‬ deaths, 30,218 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:00 pm EST: There are 16 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,355 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 25,355 confirmed cases reflects this.)

There have been four more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland bringing the death toll in the country to 1,714. 

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said today: "The reproductive number is now estimated to be close to 0.7. It is heartening to see that none of the data suggests that there is a significant increase of transmission of COVID-19 in the community since the commencement of Phase 2."

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭2,257‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭‭‭‭30,218‬ confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 8.40 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 450,100 deaths and more than 4.10 million recoveries.

Update 12:15 pm EST: There is one newly-confirmed case of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,863.

To date, 68,741 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been no newly-reported coronavirus-related death in Northern Ireland. The death toll in the region remains at 543, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

June 17 - 2,253 deaths, 30,203 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:00 pm EST: There are eight newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,341 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 25,341 confirmed cases reflects this.)

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland bringing the death toll in the country to 1,710. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 1,710 reflects this.) 

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: "Our recovery rate is at 92%. This and other indicators such as the reproductive number, hospital admissions and ICU admissions are stable or moving in the right direction. This is good news that has been achieved through the collective efforts of every person who has followed public health advice."

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭‭2,253‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭‭‭30,203‬ confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 8.26 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 445,400 deaths and more than 4.01 million recoveries.

Update 11:00 am EST: There are eight newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,862.

To date, 67,714 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one more coronavirus-related death in Northern Ireland. The death toll in the region is now 543, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

June 16 - 2,251‭‭‭‭‭ deaths, 30,188‬ confirmed cases on the island of Ireland

Update 12:35 pm EST: There are 14 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,334 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 25,334 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Dr. Tony Holohan, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer, said that as of midnight on Monday, 386,572 tests have been carried out in the country.

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland; the death toll in the country remains at 1,709. 

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭2,251‭‭‭‭‭ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭‭30,188‬ confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 8.07 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 437,900 deaths and more than 3.90 million recoveries.

Update 12:30 pm EST: There are two newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,854.

To date, 66,703 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one more coronavirus-related death in Northern Ireland. The death toll in the region is now 542, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

June 15 - 2,247 deaths, 30,173 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:30 pm EST: The Northern Ireland Executive today announced new reopening dates for the region during its daily press briefing.

In a tweet, First Minister Arlene Foster summarized the indicative opening dates that had been decided upon:

Further positive news to announce today:
⛺ - Caravan parks, camping sites and self-catering accomodation can re-open from 26th June.

🍴 - Hotels, cafes & restaurants and museums & heritage venues can re-open from 3rd July. pic.twitter.com/Dlub0nPIfC

— Arlene Foster #We’llMeetAgain (@DUPleader) June 15, 2020

The Republic of Ireland is currently in Phase 2 of its Roadmap to reopen society and the economy, Phase 3 is anticipated to be launched on June 29.

Update 2:20 pm EST: There are 18 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,321 according to Ireland's Department of Health

There have been no more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland; the death toll in the country remains at 1,706. 

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭2,247‬‭‭‭‭‭ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭‭30,173‬ confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 7.96 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 434,400 deaths and more than 3.80 million recoveries.

Update 11:30 am EST: There are four newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,852.

To date, 66,053 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been no more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland; the death toll in the region remains at 541 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

June 14 - 2,247 deaths, 30,151 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 12:20 pm EST: One further COVID-19 patient has died in the Republic of Ireland, taking the country's death toll to 1,706.

The Department of Health also announced eight new cases of the virus as Ireland's total number of confirmed cases rose to 25,303. 

There were 74 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Irish hospitals on Saturday night in addition to 128 suspected cases. 

There were also 27 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in ICU on Saturday night and nine suspected cases. 

There were 37 confirmed COVID-19 patients in ICU on June 1. 

On the island of Ireland, there have been 2,247 coronavirus deaths and 30,151 cases since the virus was first diagnosed in late February. 

Update 9:50 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health reported no new COVID-19 deaths over the past 24 hours as the region's death toll remained at 541. 

There were seven newly-confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Ireland on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 4,848.

Deputy First Minister and Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O'Neill said earlier in the week that these are "significant days" in Northern Ireland's fight against the virus. 

O'Neill said that the Northern Ireland Assembly would be making announcements on Monday and Thursday regarding the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. 

June 13 - 2,246 deaths, 30,136 cases on island of Ireland

Update 12:20 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 46 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus and five deaths.

The new cases include 22 delayed cases that would have normally been reported on Thursday or Friday but were pushed back due to technical reasons. 

Ireland's coronavirus death toll now stands at 1,705 after five earlier deaths were denotified, while the total number of confirmed cases has risen to 25,295. 

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations also continues to fall with just 79 confirmed cases in Irish hospitals on Friday night, down from 123 at the same time last week. 

The number of COVID-19 patients in ICU also continues to fall with 27 patients in intensive care on Friday, ten fewer than last week. There were also 11 suspected cases of COVID-19 in ICU on Friday night compared to ten last week. 

In contrast, there were 865 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Irish hospitals and 144 confirmed cases in ICU on April 16, when the virus was at its peak. 

The number of daily hospitalizations has additionally fallen from 54 on April 16 to three on June 11.

Latest modelling information on #Covid19 shows the huge progress we have made together in Ireland. All metrics show significant improvement. Complacency is now a threat though so let’s make sure we stick to the public health advice to build on the progress & avoid a second wave pic.twitter.com/c86JgERShb

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) June 11, 2020

There have been 2,246 coronavirus deaths and 30,136 confirmed cases on the island of Ireland since the virus was first diagnosed in Northern Ireland at the end of February. 

Update 10 am EST: Two further COVID-19 patients have died in Northern Ireland, according to the region's Department of Health. 

Northern Ireland's death toll now stands at 541. 

The Health Department additionally announced three newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Northern Ireland on Saturday morning, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,841. 

People living alone in Northern Ireland can meet up with their families for the first time in three months from today as the region prepares to exit lockdown, First Minister Arlene Foster said. 

June 12 - 2,244‬‭‭‭‭‭ deaths, 30,088 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:05 pm EST: It was announced yesterday that further coronavirus restrictions in Northern Ireland could be relaxed.

According to the Northern Ireland Executive, the following will be permitted over the coming days: 

  • outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people (from June 12);
  • opening up the remainder of the retail market (from June 12);
  • allowing places of worship and community centres to open to provide day-care (from June 12);
  • indoor visits with one other household for those who live alone (from June 13);
  • opening up of the housing market (from June 15);
  • allowing outdoor training for elite athletes (from June 15)

Update 12:45 pm EST: There are 13  newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,250 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 25,250 confirmed cases reflects this.)

There are currently 83 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in hospital in the Republic of Ireland. Of these, 28 cases are currently in ICU.

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,705. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,705 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been ‭‭‭‭‭2,244‬‭‭‭‭‭ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭‭30,088‬ confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 7.55 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 422,500 deaths and more than 3.56 million recoveries.

Update 12:00 pm EST: There are 16 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,838.

To date, 63,589 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one more coronavirus-related death in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 539 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

June 11 - 2,241 deaths, 30,060 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:40 pm EST: There are eight newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,238 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 25,238 confirmed cases reflects this.)

There are currently 86 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in hospital in the Republic of Ireland. Of these, 28 cases are currently in ICU.

There have been eight more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,703.

There have now been ‭‭‭‭2,241‬ ‭‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭30,060‬ confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 7.42 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 417,800 deaths and more than 3.49 million recoveries.

Update 9:55 am EST: One COVID-19 patient has died in Northern Ireland after the region went four days without recording a death from the virus. 

Northern Ireland's death toll is now 538. 

The Northern Ireland Department of Health additionally announced four newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Thursday. 

There have now been 4,822 confirmed cases of the virus in the region since the outbreak began in late February. 

62,703 individuals in Northern Ireland have been tested to date.

June 10 - 2,232 deaths, 30,049 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:55 pm EST: There are 19 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,231 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of three confirmed cases. The figure of 25,231 confirmed cases reflects this.)

There are currently 102 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in hospital in the Republic of Ireland. Of these, 29 cases are currently in ICU.

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,695. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of one death. The figure of 1,695 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been ‭‭‭2,232‬ ‭‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭30,049‬ confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 7.29 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 413,100 deaths and more than 3.41 million recoveries.

Update 12:30 pm EST: There are 13 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,818.

To date, 61,518 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

For the fourth day in a row, there have been no more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland remains at 537 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health. 

June 9 - 2,228‬ deaths, 30,020 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 3:45 pm EST: There are nine newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,215 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 25,215 confirmed cases reflects this.)

There have been nine more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,691. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,691 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been ‭‭2,228‬ ‭‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭30,020‬ confirmed ‭cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 7.18 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 408,400 deaths and more than 3.34 million recoveries.

Update 11:30 am EST: There are three newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,805.

To date, 60,687 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

For the third day in a row, there have been no more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland remains at 537 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health

June 8 - ‭2,220‬ deaths, 30,009 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:15 pm EST: There are nine newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,207 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 25,207 confirmed cases reflects this.)

There have been four more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,683.

There have now been ‭2,220‬ ‭‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭30,009‬ ‭‭‭‭‭‭confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 7.0 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 404,000 deaths and more than 3.16 million recoveries.

Update 12:35 pm EST: Today, the Republic of Ireland entered into the newly-accelerated Phase 2 of the Irish government's Roadmap to reopen the economy and society. Learn more about what restrictions have been rolled back in Ireland from today here.

Update 12:20 pm EST: There are six newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,802.

To date, 59,985 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

For the second day in a row, there have been no more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland remains at 537 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health

June 7 - 2,216 deaths, 29,997 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 11:15 am EST: The Department of Health announced one further death from the coronavirus taking Ireland's death toll to 1,679. 

There were also 25 newly-confirmed cases of the virus on Sunday as the total number of infections rose to 25,208 in Ireland. 

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations fell again on Sunday with 312 confirmed or suspected cases of the virus in Irish hospitals on Sunday, compared to 346 on Saturday. 

There are 124 confirmed cases in hospitals, up one from the previous day. 

The number of ICU patients also fell with 36 confirmed cases of the virus and five suspected cases in intensive care. 

There were 37 confirmed cases and ten suspected cases in ICU on Saturday.

There are 29,998 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 2,221 deaths on the island of Ireland following Sunday's announcements.  

Update 10:10 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health reported no new COVID-19 deaths over the past 24 hours as the region's death toll remained at 537. 

The Health Department additionally reported six new cases of the coronavirus, as the total number of infections in the six counties rose to 4,790.

There are currently seven COVID-19 patients in ICU in Northern Ireland, down from ten on Saturday. 

June 6 - 2,215 deaths, 29,973 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 12:20 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 24 new cases of COVID-19 and nine new deaths from the virus. 

Ireland's COVID-19 death toll now stands at 1,678 and the overall coronavirus tally stands at 25,183. 

Earlier in the day, the HSE confirmed that the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations continues to fall and currently stands at 123, the lowest figure since mid-March. 

The HSE reported 37 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in intensive care units around the country and ten further suspected cases in ICU. 

There have been more than 22,500 recoveries from COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland. 

There have been 29,959 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 2,215 deaths. 

Update 10:10 am EST: One further person has died from the coronavirus in Northern Ireland, taking the region's death toll to 537. 

The Northern Ireland Department of Health also announced 14 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus as the region's tally rose to 4,790.

There are currently ten COVID-19 patients in intensive care in Northern Irish hospitals. 

Update 8 am EST: The number of COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals has fallen to 123, the lowest figure since mid-March. 

In total, there are 346 suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus in Irish hospitals - down from 370 last Saturday. 

Additionally, there are nine adult hospitals in the country with no confirmed cases of coronavirus at all. 

They are South Tipperary General Hospital, Kerry, Sligo, Portiuncula, Our Lady of Lourdes in Louth, Wexford, Navan, Portlaoise and Naas in County Kildare. 

Dublin's Mater Hospital has the highest number of confirmed cases with 31, down from 50 last weekend.

There are 37 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in ICU in Ireland and ten suspected cases, which is slightly lower than last week and significantly lower than the peak of 160 in April. 

Minister for Health Simon Harris tweeted the news on Saturday morning and said that the figures were encouraging and showed that the Irish response to COVID-19 was working. 

A very encouraging drop in the number of patients with #Covid19 in Irish hospitals this morning. Down to 123 now. Graphs like this are a reminder of why we are all making such efforts, keeping distance etc. It’s working. It’s saving lives & it’s keeping people well pic.twitter.com/e4YUVjFmmK

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) June 6, 2020

June 5 - 2,206 deaths, 29,939 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:15 pm EST: There are 28 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,163 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 7 confirmed cases. The figure of 25,163 confirmed cases reflects this.)

There have been seven more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,670. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,670 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been ‭2,206‬ ‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭29,939‬ ‭‭‭‭‭confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 6.69 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 392,200 deaths and more than 2.90 million recoveries.

Update 11:05 am EST: There are three newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,776.

To date, 57,007 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one more coronavirus-related death reported in Northern Ireland. (None occurred within the current reporting period and one occurred outside of the current reporting period.) The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland is 536 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health

Update 10:40 am EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced on Friday afternoon that the Government's Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions would be accelerated. There will now only be four phases in the Roadmap, with the country set to fully reopen on July 20. You can see full details here. 

Update 5:50 am EST: Irish people could be permitted to travel abroad within weeks, according to Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation Heather Humphreys. 

Humphreys was speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland and said that the Irish Government planned to reintroduce travel to countries that had flattened their curve to the same degree as Ireland. 

She said that the Government wasn't encouraging people to book holidays yet but that plans are in place to allow foreign travel as soon as it is safe to do so. 

A number of popular European tourist destinations - like Spain, Greece, and Portugal - have already announced that they will open their borders to tourists from certain countries later in the summer. 

Earlier in the year, Minister for Health Simon Harris said that foreign travel was highly unlikely in 2020 at a time when Ireland faced its coronavirus peak. 

June 4 - ‭2,199‬ deaths, 29,915 cases on island of Ireland

Update 4:30 pm EST: Ireland could be entering the next phase of its roadmap to reopen the country's society and economy this coming Monday, June 8. You can read more about what that entails here.

Update 3:35 pm EST: Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris said today that there has been a slight increase in the reproductive rate of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland. 

Speaking in the Dail, Minister Harris said there is a "slight potential increase" and that data suggests the reproductive rate is now between 0.4 and 0.7.

He noted, however, that the rate is still below 1, which shows that Ireland is succeeding in suppressing the virus.

Update 3:15 pm EST: The previous update did not include the new global figures for coronavirus.

Globally, as of today, there are more than 6.57 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 387,800 deaths and more than 2.83 million recoveries.

Update 2:15 pm EST: There are 38 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,142 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,664.

There have now been ‭‭‭‭2,199‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭‭‭29,915‬ confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Update 11:05 am EST: There are 33 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,773.

To date, 55,909 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one more coronavirus-related death reported in Northern Ireland. (One occurred within the current reporting period and none occurred outside of the current reporting period.) The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland is 535 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health

June 3 - 2,193‬ deaths, 29,851‬ confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:55 pm EST: Ireland's Health Minister Simon Harris said on Twitter yesterday that while racism "disgusts" him, the public health advice remains that mass gatherings cannot occur.

His comments came a day after thousands of people marched in Dublin in support of Black Lives Matter.

"We're all sickened by racism," Harris said, "but mass gatherings that don't practice social distancing, at the moment are not possible."

Tuesday night #Covid19 update - new cases, meetings with nurses and healthcare assistants & nursing homes, visiting NCBI tomorrow, meeting with disability organisation & letters from young people across the country https://t.co/wADEaAdIyd

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) June 2, 2020

Dr. Tony Holohan, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer, also said on Tuesday: "Now is not the right time to be attending events that have the potential to become mass gatherings, if many more like-minded people like you, however well-motivated, attend."

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says mass gatherings shouldn't be organised and shouldn't be attended. He says some events took place at the weekend that were not in keeping with that | Read more: https://t.co/i0jqIZuB4f pic.twitter.com/4Q7VT04uiG

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) June 3, 2020

Update 1:55 pm EST: In today's press briefing, Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Ireland's Department of Health shared "positive news" about the overall recovery rate in the country.

Dr. Glynn said: "Our recovery rate is now at 91%. This is positive news and confirms the expectation that most people who get COVID-19 will recover.

"However, it remains the case that this is an unpredictable virus, and the prognosis for any one individual diagnosed, regardless of their current health, remains uncertain. Use hse.ie and gov.ie/health to stay informed and learn the behaviours that will keep you protected."

Update 1:50 pm EST: There are 47 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,111 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,659. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 1,659 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been ‭‭‭2,193‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭‭29,851‬ confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 6.43 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 382,000 deaths and more than 2.76 million recoveries.

Update 11:20 am EST: There are eight newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,740.

To date, 54,592 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been eight more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. (Two occurred within the current reporting period and the other six occurred outside of the current reporting period.) The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland is 534 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health

June 2 - 2,184 deaths, 29,798 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 4:00 pm EST: An Garda Síochána said in a statement today that the "vast majority are continuing to adhere to the public health guidelines" in Ireland.

Gardaí have invoked enforcement powers under the Covid-19 Public Health regulations 289 times since April 8.

The statement said there have been 88 instances of members of the public spitting or coughing at Gardaí.

Update 1:35 pm EST: There are 10 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,066 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been eight more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,658. 

There have now been ‭‭2,184‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭29,798‬ confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 6.31 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 376,800 deaths and more than 2.72 million recoveries.

Update 1:25 pm EST: There are four newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,732.

To date, 53,704 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland, both of which occurred within the current reporting period. The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland remains at 526 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health

June 1 - 2,174 deaths, 29,790 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:45 pm EST: There are 77 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,062 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There has been one more coronavirus-related death in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,650. (Three deaths have been denotified.)

There have now been ‭‭2,174‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭29,790‬ confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 6.21 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 373,200 deaths and more than 2.66 million recoveries.

Update 10:30 am EST: There are 12 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,728.

To date, 53,121 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one more coronavirus-related death reported in Northern Ireland. (One death occurred within the current reporting period, and zero occurred outside of the current reporting period.) The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland remains at 524 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health. 

May 31 - 2,175 deaths, 29,706 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 12:30 pm EST: There have been 66 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland two further deaths, according to the Department of Health

There have now been 24,990 cases of the virus in Ireland and 1,652 deaths. 

The number of COVID-19 patients in ICU in Irish hospitals continues to fall, with 36 patients in ICU as of last night along with 13 suspected cases of the virus. 

There were 42 confirmed cases and 21 suspected cases in ICU on Friday night. 

A further reduction in the number of people with #Covid19 in ICU in Irish hospitals today. Now stands at 36 patients. There was 160 people last month! We are making really progress thanks to you. We think of all those sick & their families & those caring for them. Keep well pic.twitter.com/6B1HAGFPUM

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 31, 2020

More than 22,000 people have recovered from the virus in the Republic of Ireland as the country prepares to move to Phase 2 of its roadmap to ease COVID-19 restrictions on June 8. 

There have been 29,706 cases and 2,175 deaths on the island of Ireland. 

Update 11 am EST: There has been one further death in Northern Ireland due to COVID-19. 

Northern Ireland's death toll now stands at 523. 

The Northern Ireland Department of Health also confirmed seven additional cases of the virus, bringing the region's overall tally to 4,716. 

May 30 - 2,173 deaths and 29,638 confirmed cases on the island of Ireland 

Update 12:35 pm EST: Nine further COVID-19 patients have died in Ireland, taking the country's death toll to 1,651.  (Three deaths were denotified by the HPSC.)

The Department of Health also announced 59 additional cases of the virus as Ireland's coronavirus tally rose to 24,929. 

There are 42 COVID-19 patients in ICU in hospitals around the country, just over one-quarter of the peak of 160 patients in April. 

A further 21 people suspected of having COVID-19 are being treated in intensive care. 

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 also continues to fall and now stands at 171, the lowest the figure has been since early March. 

Another drop in the number of patients in Irish hospitals with #Covid19. Confirmed cases in hospital is now 171. Down 22 on yesterday. Stay safe everyone, practice social distancing, cough etiquette & hand washing. We wish all those sick well & we think of them & their families pic.twitter.com/McIUPTr0BS

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 30, 2020

More than 22,000 people have recovered from the virus in Ireland. 

There have been 2,173 deaths and 29,638 cases of the coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Update 11:05 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced that one further person has died in the region from COVID-19. 

Northern Ireland's death toll now stands at 522. 

There were also 13 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Northern Ireland as the region's tally rose to 4,709.

Update 7:50 am EST: The HSE is to begin testing its new contact tracing app next week as Ireland looks to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

However, it will take a significant amount of time before the app becomes available to the wider public, according to RTÉ News. 

The app will notify users if they have come into close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus. 

The app uses exposure notification framework designed by Apple and Google in a joint venture to notify people if they are at risk of contracting the virus. 

If a user comes into close contact with someone else who uses the app and later contracts the coronavirus, the app will notify the other user that they are at risk. 

Google and Apple's API prohibits the use of any location data on the app and also stores private information on an individual's device, rather than in a centralized database in a bid to protect user privacy.  

May 29 - 2,166‬ deaths, 29,572‬ confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:45 pm EST: There are 39 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 24,876 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been six more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,645.

There have now been ‭‭2,166‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭29,572‬ confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 5.86 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 362,200 deaths and more than 2.46 million recoveries.

Update 12:45 pm EST: There are 17 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,696.

To date, 50,524 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. (One death occurred within the current reporting period, and two occurred outside of the current reporting period.) The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland remains at 521 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health

Update 11:15 am EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced today that the government is planning to reopen primary and secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland in late August.

"Provided the virus doesn't make a comeback, primary schools and secondary schools will open at the end of August for all kids," Varadkar said today.

Provided the virus doesn’t make a comeback, primary schools and secondary schools will reopen ‘for all kids’ at the end of August. It may be necessary to phase in the reopening, but the objective is to reopen them fully, says Leo Varadkar. | Live updates: https://t.co/Evl2RClnIs pic.twitter.com/gWSorE4Lqc

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) May 29, 2020

May 28 - ‭‭2,157‬ deaths, 29,520‬ confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:25 pm EST: There are 46 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to  24,841 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been nine more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,639. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,639 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been ‭2,157 ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭29,520 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 5.92 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 357,300 deaths and more than 2.38 million recoveries.

Update 12:40 pm EST: There are 16 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,679.

To date, 49,441 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. (Two deaths occurred within the current reporting period, and none occurred outside of the current reporting period.) The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland remains at 518 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health. 

Update 11:20 am EST: Ireland's Health Minister Simon Harris has shared an encouraging breakdown of the coronavirus cases in the Republic of Ireland.

The data shows that 22,089 people diagnosed with coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland have recovered, while 1,083 remain sick. There have been 1,631 deaths.

A chart that gives you an overview of how Ireland’s battle against #Covid19 is progressing. So pleased to see 22,089 people now recovered & thinking of the 1,083 people sick currently. My thoughts will always remain with the families and friends of those who have died. Stay safe pic.twitter.com/GR645JMm1n

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 28, 2020

May 27 - 2,147 deaths, 29,466 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:05 pm EST: During today's press briefing, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer confirmed that a vast majority of cases in Ireland have recovered.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Ireland's Department of Health, said: "To date, 90% of confirmed cases diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered. But we cannot afford to stop the hard work involved in suppressing this virus.

"COVID-19 is a new disease. Ireland and the world understand more about the virus now than we did at the outset of this crisis. What we do know is that hand washing, social distancing and knowing when to self-isolate do work.

"These measures are the most effective tool we have to keep this virus suppressed and keep up this recovery rate. We know that the vast majority of Irish people understand this, and that they are staying the course with us as we continue to keep case numbers as low as possible."

Dr, Siobhán Kennelly, HSE National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Older Persons, said: "COVID-19 is having an impact on everyone in Ireland. We understand that as the country reopens in phases, people may be anxious. If we all maintain social distance, wash our hands well and often and know when to self-isolate, together we will keep this virus suppressed."

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "What we do today has a direct effect on tomorrow. In order to prevent any second wave of COVID-19 from occurring, we need to remain vigilant and cautious. Continuing to follow the core public health advice is the best way to protect our most vulnerable now and in future."

Update 2:00 pm EST: There are 73 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 24,803 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 17 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,631. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,631 deaths reflects this.) 

There have now been ‭2,147‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭29,466‬ confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 5.63 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 352,600 deaths and more than 2.32 million recoveries.

Update 11:20 am EST: There are 26 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,663.

To date, 48,374 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. (two deaths occurred within the current reporting period, and none occurred outside of the current reporting period.) The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland remains at 516 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health

May 26 - 2,129‬ deaths, 29,372 confirmed cases island of Ireland.

Update 1:15 pm EST: There are 37 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 24,735 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been nine more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,615. 

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “As of midnight Monday 25 May, 325,795 tests have been carried out.

"Over the past week, 30,169 tests were carried out and of these 633 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 2.1%."

There have now been 2,129‬ coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 29,372 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 5.54 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 347,800 deaths and more than 2.26 million recoveries.

Update 11:30 am EST: There are 28 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,637.

To date, 47,529 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been zero more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland remains at 514 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health

Michelle O'Neill, the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, said the news was "heartening:"

Heartening news today that no deaths as a result of #COVID19 have been reported in the North.

Let’s keep working together to have more days like this.

This battle is not over and we cannot afford for a single person to become complacent to the threat posed by this deadly virus.

— Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) May 26, 2020

Yesterday, the Republic of Ireland recorded its first day of zero reports of coronavirus-related deaths.

May 25

Update 1 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced no new deaths related to the coronavirus for the first time since mid-March. 

Ireland's COVID-19 death toll remains at 1,608.

The department also announced 59 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus - the ninth time in the last ten days that daily cases have been under 100. 

There have been 24,698 cases of the coronavirus confirmed in Ireland since the virus was diagnosed in February. 

More than 20,000 people have recovered from the virus. 

The Northern Irish Department of Health announced eight further deaths today and 39 new cases. 

There have been 4,609 cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland and 514 deaths.

On the island of Ireland, meanwhile, there have been 2,122 deaths and 29,307 cases of the virus. 

Update 9 am EST: The Irish Government will consider easing COVID-19 restrictions more quickly if the number of new daily cases continues to fall, according to the Irish Times. 

There have been less than 100 cases on eight of the last nine days and the number of hospitalizations related to the virus has dropped dramatically since reaching its peak at the end of April. 

However, the easing of COVID-19 restrictions is entirely dependant on cases continuing to fall.

The next phase of exiting COVID-19 lockdown is slated to begin on June 8, with Phase 3 set to begin on June 29 and phase 4 due to start on July 20. 

But if the number of new cases continues to fall during Phase 2, some parts of Phase 4 may be brought forward to June 29. 

Some of the aspects in Phase 4 include reopening hotels, holiday parks, and museums and additionally reopening high-risk retailers like hairdressers and barbers. 

Competition sports can also resume as part of Phase 4. 

Some Government ministers are reportedly keen to ease restrictions more quickly, according to the Irish Times. 

There is also pressure from business groups and cabinet members to reduce social distancing guidelines from two meters to one. 

The Government's COVID-19 expert advisory group said that there was "a lack of evidence"  to support the argument that social distancing guidelines must be two meters. 

Some businesses, like pubs and restaurants, would be able to greatly increase capacity if the guidelines are reduced to one meter. 

May 24

Update 12:10 pm EST: A further four COVID-19 have in the Republic of Ireland, according to the Department of Health. 

Ireland's overall coronavirus death toll now stands at 1,608. 

The Department of Health also announced 57 newly-confirmed cases of the virus, taking Ireland's tally to 24,639. 

The number of new daily cases has been lower than 100 on eight of the last nine days in Ireland. 

Healthcare workers account for 32% of Ireland's overall tally, according to data correct up until Friday night. 

A total of 394 patients have been admitted to intensive care since the virus was first diagnosed in Ireland, but ICU numbers continue to remain well below the peak at the end of April. 

There were 160 patients in ICU at the end of April, but that figure has dropped to just above 50 in recent days. 

More than 20,000 people have recovered from the virus in Ireland. 

There have been 29,209 cases of COVID-19 and 2,114 deaths on the island of Ireland. 

Update 10:30 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced one further COVID-19 death and 25 new cases. 

Northern Ireland's coronavirus death toll now stands at 506 and there have been 4,570 cases of the virus since it was first confirmed in the region on February 27. 

More than 57,000 people in Northern Ireland have been tested for the virus. 

May 23

Update 12:20 pm EST: A further 13 people have died from the coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, taking the country's death toll past 1,600. 

A total of 1,604 people have died from the virus in Ireland. 

The Department of Health also confirmed 76 new cases of the virus on Saturday evening, as Ireland's tally reached 24,582. 

Dublin has had 48% of all cases, according to data correct until Thursday, May 21, while 13% of all cases have been hospitalized. 

Minister for Health Simon Harris confirmed on Saturday morning that the number of COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals continues to fall. Harris said that there are currently 298 confirmed cases of coronavirus in hospital, compared to about 750 at the beginning of the month. 

The number of patients with #Covid19 in hospitals across Ireland is thankfully continuing to fall. This is down to you, your family & your community. Your efforts are keeping people well, keeping people out of hospitals & saving lives. Please keep up the public health measures pic.twitter.com/8Y0cYTW9to

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 23, 2020

There have a total of 29,127 cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland since the virus was first diagnosed in February and 2,109 deaths. 

Update 10:30 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced one further COVID-19 death on Saturday, taking the region's death toll to 505. 

There were also 41 newly-confirmed cases of the virus on Saturday as Northern Ireland's coronavirus tally rose to 4,545. 

A total of 44,915 people have been tested for the virus in Northern Ireland.  

May 22 - 2,096 deaths, 29,010 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:25 pm EST: There are 115 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 24,506 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 11 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,592. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 1,592 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been 2,096 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 29,010confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 5.15 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 335,400 deaths and more than 1.98 million recoveries.

Update 12:25 pm EST: There are 23 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,504.

To date, 43,732 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. (One death occurred in the current reporting period while three deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period.) There have now been 504 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 21 - 2,084 deaths, 28,872 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:30 pm EST: There are 76 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 24,391 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 12 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,583.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "We have experienced 6 consecutive days of under 100 new confirmed cases in Ireland. This is very positive and demonstrates the extent to which the public’s actions have limited the spread of this disease. However, it is only through continued commitment to handwashing, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing that we will remain successful in suppressing the spread of COVID-19 through the community."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: "Most indicators continue to improve, with ICU and hospital admissions, number of cases per day and number of deaths per day continuing to decline. Prevalence of the virus remains low in the community. The reproduction number is well below one, so our task remains to maintain low transmission of the virus."

There have now been 2,084 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 28,872 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 5.04 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 329,000 deaths and more than 1.92 million recoveries.

Update 12:25 pm EST: Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris said in the Dail today that he is "pleased" to report that the R-rate in the Republic of Ireland "remains stable at around 0.5."

"Four weeks ago, our case numbers were in the region of 400 - 800 every single day. This week, for four days in a row, our case numbers have been below 100."

Simon Harris tells the Dáil that the Reproductive Rate of Covid-19 has remained stable at around 0.5 | https://t.co/KudKBiamr3 pic.twitter.com/DqgVVUJEZ2

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) May 21, 2020

Update 11:30 am EST: There are 42 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,481.

To date, 42,554 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been seven more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. (Three deaths occurred in the current reporting period while four deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period.) There have now been 501 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 20 - 2,065 deaths, 28,754 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:50 pm EST: Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “To date, 87% of confirmed cases diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered. This is very positive news but should not deflect from the impact this disease has had on individuals and families. In addition, it does not change the risk for any one individual who is diagnosed with the disease today, or in the future.

“Public health advice is there to provide everyone with the best protection possible. Please follow it and continue to protect yourself and each other.”

Update 2:45 pm EST: There are 64 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 24,315 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 11 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,571. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,571 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been 2,065 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 28,754 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 4.95 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 325,000 deaths and more than 1.72 million recoveries.

Update 12:40 pm EST: There are 18 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,439.

To date, 41,470 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. (Four deaths occurred in the current reporting period while one death occurred outside of the current reporting period.) There have now been 494 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 19 -2,050 deaths, 28,672 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:00 pm EST: During today's coronavirus press briefing, it was revealed that as of midnight on May 18, 295,626 tests have been carried out in the Republic of Ireland.

Over the past week, 36,818 tests were carried out and of these 932 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 2.5%.

Dr. Cillian De Gascun, Chair of the NPHET Expert Advisory Group, said: "Despite broadening the case definition and increases in referrals the positivity rate has continued to decline. This indicates a consistent suppression of COVID-19 in the community."

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, added: "The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again this week. Given the decreasing positivity rate and that testing capacity has been expanded, we will be examining the case definition further."

Update 1:05 pm EST: There are 51 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 24,251 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 16 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,561. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 1,561 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been 2,050 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 28,672 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 4.83 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 319,000 deaths and more than 1.80 million recoveries.

Update 12:45 pm EST: There are 20 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,421.

To date, 40,580 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been seven more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. (four of those deaths occurred within the current reported period, and three occurred outside of the current reporting period.) There have now been 489 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 18 - 2,029 deaths, 28,601 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:55 pm EST: There are 88 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 24,200 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been four more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,547. 

Dr. Tony Holohan, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer, said today: "On the first day of Ireland moving into Phase One of reopening we have experienced the lowest number of deaths since March 27th. We have suppressed the virus and limited its impact on public health. We need to sustain this in the weeks and phases ahead."

There have now been 2,029 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 28,601 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 4.75 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 316,000 deaths and more than 1.75 million recoveries.

Update 1:40 pm EST: Northern Ireland announced today that more restrictions can be lifted in the region. You can read about that here.

Update 10:40 am EST: There are 16 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,401.

To date, 39,918 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been six more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. There have now been 482 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

Update 8:20 am EST: A slight easing of coronavirus restrictions begins in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland today.

Ireland's Health Minister Simon Harris offered these comments this morning:

Day 1 of new phase, a few thoughts:
- your effort has gotten us here
- virus has not gone away
- care & caution needed
- keep following health advice
- just because it’s open doesn’t mean we need to go
- get these 3 weeks right & we can move further then

Keep safe. #Covid19

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 18, 2020

May 17 - 2,019 deaths, at least 28,469 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 12:30 pm EST: Ireland's Department of Health announced 64 new cases of the coronavirus as the number of new daily cases continues to fall in Ireland. 

A total of 24,112 people have contracted the virus in the country since it was first diagnosed at the end of February. 

The Health Department also announced that ten more people have died from the virus in Ireland, taking the country's death toll to 1,543. 

The number of cases recorded today is the lowest number of new daily cases in more than two months since 53 cases were diagnosed on March 16. The number of new cases in Ireland has been steadily declining in Ireland since mid-April when the virus was at its peak. 

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units around the country also continues to fall and Simon Harris confirmed that there 54 patients in ICU this morning compared to 72 last Sunday. 

ICU admissions have decreased by 67%  from their peak of 160 in the middle of April and COVID-19 hospitalizations have decreased by 66% in the same period. 

Intensive care admissions have been on a downward trend in May and are now lower than when the lockdown was introduced on March 27. 

Further reduction in number of #Covid19 patients in ICU in Irish hospitals. 54 patients today. Down from 72 last Sunday. We think of all 54 patients & their families. You, the Irish people, have prevented our ICUs from being overwhelmed so far. Let’s keep that going #Stayhome pic.twitter.com/ivHSK8yg6e

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 17, 2020

Update 11:30 am EST: Three more people have died in Northern Ireland from the coronavirus, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has confirmed.

There have now been 476 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Northern Ireland, most of which have occurred in hospitals. 

The Health Department did not release any information related to new cases of the coronavirus. 

There were 4,357 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Ireland as of Saturday night. 

May 16 - 2,006 deaths, 28,405 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 12:50 pm EST: The Department of Health has confirmed 92 new cases of the coronavirus and 15 deaths in the Republic of Ireland. 

It is the first time that there have been less than 100 new daily cases in Ireland since mid-March as Ireland's coronavirus figures continue to fall. 

A total of 24,048 people have tested positive for the virus since it was first diagnosed in late February, while 1,533 people have died from the virus. 

Ireland's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said that the figures were encouraging and showed that Irish people were adhering to social distancing guidelines. 

He acknowledged that the last nine weeks have been difficult for those who are cocooning but said that they can take reassurance from the reduced figures.

"Today's numbers give reassurance that we have all learned and adopted new behaviors of handwashing, respiratory etiquette and social distance that will serve us well as we work together to re-open retail, business, and society," Holohan said. 

Around 19,500 people have recovered from the virus in Ireland. 

There have been 28,405 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 2,006 deaths since February. 

Update 11:40 am EST: A further four people have died in Northern Ireland from COVID-19 taking the region's death toll to 473, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health. 

The Northern Irish Health Department also announced 40 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, bring the area's tally to 4,357. 

There have been more than 46,000 COVID-19 tests in Northern Ireland. 

May 15 - 1,987 deaths, 28,273 cases on island of Ireland

Update 3:25 pm EST: There are 129 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 23,956 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 16 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,518. 

There have now been 1,987 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 28,273 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 4.50 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 305,000 deaths and more than 1.62 million recoveries.

Update 11:25 am EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has just announced that the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has given the go-ahead for the first phase of reopening to begin this coming Monday, May 18.

Statement by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on the first phase of the Government’s road map for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. | Follow live updates: https://t.co/4BgK1eZBXx https://t.co/OuRpmOpDFE

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) May 15, 2020

Stay tuned for updates.

Update 11:00 am EST: There are 26 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,317.

To date, 37,221 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been 15 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland (9 deaths occurred within the current reporting period and 6 deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period). There have now been 469 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 14 - 1,960 deaths, 28,118 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 4:00 pm EST: The Northern Ireland Executive today announced that it will begin the slight rollback of coronavirus restrictions beginning this Monday, May 18. You can read more about that here.

Update 1:30 pm EST: There are 426 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 23,827 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 10 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,506. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,506 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been 1,960 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 28,118 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 4.39 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 299,000 deaths and more than 1.57 million recoveries.

Update 12:30 pm EST: There are 38 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,291.

To date, 36,222 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland (three death occurred within the current reporting period and two deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period). There have now been 454 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 13 - 1,946 deaths, 27,654 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:15 pm EST: There are 159 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 23,401 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 10 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,497. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,497 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been 1,946 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 27,654 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 4.31 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 294,000 deaths and more than 1.52 million recoveries.

Update 11:30 am EST: There are 60 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,253.

To date, 35,201 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland (one death occurred within the current reporting period and one death occurred outside of the current reporting period). There have now been 449 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 12 - 1,935 deaths, 27,435 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:25 pm EST: There are 107 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 23,242 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 24 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,488. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 deaths. The figure of 1,488 deaths reflects this.)

In Northern Ireland, there are 44 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,193.

To date, 34,144 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been nine more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. (1 death was reported in the current reporting period, 8 deaths were reported outside of the current reporting period.) There have now been 447 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

There have now been 1,935 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 27,435 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 4.22 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 288,000 deaths and more than 1.47 million recoveries.

May 11 - 1,905 deaths, 27,284 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 3:25 pm EST: Ireland could see the initial rollback of its coronavirus restrictions one week from today, May 18, if given the okay by NPHET. 

You can see what's scheduled to change in Phase 1 of Ireland's roadmap to reopening here.

Update 12:45 pm EST: There are 139 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 23,135 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 15 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,467. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 6 deaths. The figure of 1,467 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been 1,905 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 27,284 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 4.13 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 283,000 deaths and more than 1.42 million recoveries.

Update 12:10 pm EST: Electric Picnic has officially been canceled for this year due to coronavirus.

The massive music festival, which this year was to feature Rage Against the Machine, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, and more, was scheduled for September 4 - 6 in Stradbally, Co Laois.

Organizers said today: "Whilst the entire Electric Picnic team are terribly disappointed, we have a responsibility to all our fans, artists, crews, suppliers, sponsors, partners and our entire Electric Picnic family including the wonderful people of Stradbally who have welcomed us into their community each year."

We’re sorry to announce that Electric Picnic 2020 will no longer be going ahead. Read the full statement below. https://t.co/rlVdOxmNek pic.twitter.com/J4iQFWlsKC

— Electric Picnic (@EPfestival) May 11, 2020

Update 11:45 am EST: There are 30 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,149.

To date, 33,440 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland, all of which were reported in the current reporting period. There have now been 438 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 10 

Update 12:10 pm EST: A further 12 people have died from COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland, the Department of Health has confirmed. 

Ireland's COVID-19 death toll now stands at 1,458. 

There were also 236 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Sunday. 

A total of 22,996 people have contracted the virus in Ireland since it was first diagnosed in late February. 

There are around 700 confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in Irish hospitals, compared to just under 1,000 last weekend. There were 72 COVID-19 patients in ICU in hospitals around the country - the lowest tally in several weeks. 

There have now been 27,115 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 1,893 deaths. 

Update 10:45 am EST: Five more COVID-19 patients have died from the virus in Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has confirmed.

Four of the deaths occurred in the last 24 hours, while one earlier date was added to the region's death toll, which now stands at 435. 

The figure relates almost exclusively to hospital fatalities.

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland also confirmed 41 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 4,119. 

May 9 

Update 1:30 pm EST: A further 18 people have died from COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland, taking Ireland's death toll to 1,446. 

The Department of Health also confirmed 219 new cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

A total of 22,760 people have tested positive for the virus since it was first diagnosed in Ireland at the end of February. 

Around 13% of all cases have been hospitalized, according to data correct up until May 7. 

Almost 30% of all cases have been healthcare workers. 

At least 12,000 Irish COVID-19 patients have recovered. 

There have now been 26,838 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 1,876 deaths. 

Update 11:30 am EST: Four more COVID-19 patients have died in Northern Ireland, taking the region's death toll to 430. 

The Northern Ireland Department of Health also confirmed 56 new cases of the Coronavirus as the region's tally rose to 4,078. 

More than 31,500 people have been tested for the coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 

However, Northern Ireland generally doesn't count deaths outside of hospital in its official death tolls and experts believe that the region's death toll is around one-third higher than is being reported. 

Update 9:40 am EST: Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed that the number of COVID-19 patients in ICU has dropped yet again. 

Harris confirmed on Twitter on Saturday morning that there 72 COVID-19 patients in ICU in Irish hospitals, compared to 76 on Friday night and 99 last Saturday. 

He said that Ireland's progress was good but that Irish people needed to finish the job. 

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Ireland has been gradually declining in recent weeks. 

There have been less than 300 new cases of the coronavirus every day this week, significantly less than the 936 that represented Ireland's peak.  

May 8 - 1,856 deaths, 26,563 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:05 pm EST: There are 156 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 22,541 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 27 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,429. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,429 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been 1,856 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 26,563 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 3.88 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 271,000 deaths and more than 1.3 million recoveries.

Update 11:20 am EST: The Leaving Certificate exam has officially been canceled in the Republic of Ireland. You can read more about that here.

The Minister for Education and Skills has announced that Leaving Certificate 2020 is postponed and students are being offered a system of Calculated Grades, with State certification.

For full details see https://t.co/5meAh3gd6r

— education.ie (@Education_Ire) May 8, 2020

Update 11:15 am EST: There are 38 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,022.

To date, 30,613 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland (two deaths occurred within the current reporting period and three deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period). There have now been 427 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 7 - 1,825 deaths, 26,369 cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:45 pm EST: Earlier today, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said: "The reproduction number is between 0.5 and 0.6. We have achieved our goal of suppressing the spread of the disease, it was not easy for anyone but there is no question that our collective effort has saved lives.

“Now we look to the pattern of COVID-19 going forward, as we attempt to ease restrictions. These weeks are just as important as the first weeks of our response. Our behaviours are crucial in maintaining our progress and keeping the reproduction number below 1.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: "The number of ICU admissions, new cases and deaths is now falling and has been for over a week. This is driven by a reduction of transmission of the virus in the community and reinforces the importance of our behaviours going forward.”

Update 1:45 pm EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said earlier today that it is possible that coronavirus was in Ireland as early as last year. You can read his comments here.

Update 1:25 pm EST: There are 137 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 22,385.

There have been 29 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll to 1,403. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,403 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been 1,825 coronavirus-related deaths and there are 26,369 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 3.78 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 264,000 deaths and 1.25 million recoveries.

Update 11:10 am EST: There are 50 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 3,984.

There have been four more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland (two deaths occurred within the current reporting period and two deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period). There have now been 422 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 6 - 1,793 deaths, 26,182 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:30 pm EST: There are 253 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 22,248.

There have been 37 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll to 1,375.

Of the 1,375 coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland:

  • 550 occurred in hospital (40%)
  • 66 occurred in Intensive Care Units (4.8%)
  • 1176 were reported as having underlying health conditions (85.5%)
  • 683 male and 653 female
  • the median age was 84
  • the mean age was 82

As of today, there are 26,182 confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been 1,793 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 3.7 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 259,000 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 1.2 million recoveries.

Update 11:35 am EST: There are 53 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 3,934.

There have been 14 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland (3 deaths occurred within the current reporting period and 11 deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period). There have now been 418 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 5 - 1,743 deaths, 25,864 confirmed cases on island of Ireland.

Update 1:35 pm EST: There have been 211 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases to 21,983.

There have been 23 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,339.

As of today, there have been 1,743 coronavirus-related deaths and 25,864 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 3.6 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 253,000 deaths and more than 1.18 million recoveries.

Update 11:25 am EST: As per reopening plans that were published in Ireland on Friday, the distance in which people can travel from their homes for the purpose of exercise is now increased to 5km from 2km as of today.

People who are cocooning need to continue to do so, however, it will be possible from today for them to go outside for exercise and fresh air, as with others in society, provided they keep within 5km of homes and observe social distancing at all times.

The first phase of Ireland's reopening strategy is set to begin on May 18.

Update 11:20 am EST: There are 45 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 3,881 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 17 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland, six of which occurred in the current reporting period, and 11 of which did not occur in the current reporting period. There have now been 404 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland.

May 4 

Update 12:46 pm EST: Ireland's Government has confirmed a further 16 deaths from COVID-19 bringing the total number of fatalities in Ireland to 1,319. Overall the total number of confirmed cases stands at 21,722 with another 266 cases confirmed on May 4. 

The transmission of these cases breaks down as 63 percent, close contact accounts for 34 percent while travel abroad accounts for three percent. The median age of these confirmed cases is 49. 

Thirteen percent of people diagnosed have been hospitalized while 364 have been admitted to intensive care.

Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris has said that from May 4, the Health Service Executive has the ability to carry out 12k tests per day. However, he insists that Ireland's overall situation remains "fragile". He added there remains room for improvement and the next two weeks will matter a great deal in the overall battle against the coronavirus outbreak. 

By May 18, when the lockdown is slightly lifted, the Irish government has said that 100k people per week will be tested, with a three-day turnaround between

Update 7:40 am EST: The number of COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals has fallen to around 900, the lowest number in about three weeks. 

There were 906 confirmed or suspected cases in Irish hospitals as of Sunday night, compared to 1,010 on Friday evening. 

The number of COVID-19 patients in ICU fell again on Sunday night and stood at 93, compared to 98 on Saturday and 99 on Friday. There were also 20 suspected cases of COVID-19 in ICU last night. 

Minister for Health Simon Harris called the trend of declining hospital figures "encouraging," but said that the progress was fragile.  

He said that the progress could be reversed if Irish people didn't continue to follow public health advice. 

The number of patients in ICUs with #Covid19 has fallen to 93. Lowest in over a month. Numbers go up & down but trend is encouraging. But, it is fragile & we could see progress reversed if we don’t all follow public health advice so please keep at it. Let’s finish the job pic.twitter.com/8bEnoaHJ8I

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 4, 2020

May 3

Update at 12:15 pm EST: The Irish Department of Health has confirmed 330 new cases of the coronavirus and 19 new deaths in the Republic of Ireland. 

There have been a total of 21,506 confirmed cases in Ireland since the first diagnosed case in February and 1,303 deaths. 

The median age of confirmed cases is 49 and 58% of all cases have been female, according to HSE data correct as of Friday, May 1. 

A total of 363 cases have been admitted to ICU in Ireland since the virus was first diagnosed.

The HSE confirmed Sunday that 98 COVID-19 patients were in ICU in hospitals around the country - the lowest tally in over a month. 

There have been 25,273 confirmed cases of the virus on the island of Ireland and 1,684 deaths on the island of Ireland since February.

Update 10:25 am EST: A further five people have died in Northern Ireland from the Coronavirus taking the death toll in the region to 381. 

The Northern Ireland Department of Health also confirmed 78 new cases of the virus, bringing the North's tally to 3,767. 

There are 32 COVID-19 patients in intensive care in Northern Irish hospitals, which is unchanged since yesterday.

May 2 

Update 1:20 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced that a further 25 people have died from COVID-19 in Ireland, taking the country's death toll to 1,286. 

We Will Rise Again mural, Fegans Catering ,Chancery Street, Dublin.

We Will Rise Again mural, Fegans Catering ,Chancery Street, Dublin.

The Health Department also announced an additional 343 new cases of the virus on Saturday as Ireland's tally moved to 21,176. 

Health Protection Surveillance Center data correct until the end of April reveals that 58% of all Coronavirus cases in Ireland are female and that 13% of cases, or 2,785 people, have been hospitalized. 

A total of 368 COVID-19 patients have been treated in intensive care units in Ireland since the virus was first diagnosed on February 29. 

Almost 6,000 healthcare workers (5,973) have contracted the virus in Ireland. 

Half of all Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Dublin. 

There have been 24,865 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 1,662 deaths since February. 

More than 10,000 people have recovered from the virus in Ireland. 

Update 11:40 am EST:  A further 11 people have died from Coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the region's death toll to 376. 

The Northern Ireland Department of Health also confirmed 66 new cases of the virus as the region's tally of confirmed cases rose to 3,689. 

There are 32 COVID-19 patients in intensive care in Northern Ireland. 

May 1 - 1,632 deaths, 24,456 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:45 pm EST: Taoiseach Varadkar today outlined the next phases to reopening Ireland. You can read about it here.

Update 1:35 pm EST: You can watch Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's address here:

Update 1:00 pm EST: There are 221 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 20,833.

There have been 34 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll to 1,265 in the country.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is due to give an address at 6:30 pm in Ireland (1:30 pm EST).

There have now been 1,632 coronavirus-related deaths and 24,456 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally,  there are more than 3.27 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 233,000 deaths and more than 1.02 million recoveries.

Update 11:30 am EST: There are 87 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total in the region to 3,623 confirmed cases.

There have been 18 more coronavirus-related deaths (4 deaths in the current reporting period and 14 deaths that have been reported outside of the current reporting period) in Northern Ireland. There have been 367 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland to date.

April 30: 1,579 deaths, 24,148 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:20 pm EST: Speaking today in the Dáil Eireann, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he plans to have the 'roadmap' to easing coronavirus restrictions in Ireland ready for the Cabinet approval by tomorrow, May 1. 

Varadkar said the lifting of restrictions "will not necessarily mirror the manner in which they were escalated."

"Public health and safety and our healthcare capacity will continue to be the foundation for decision making.

"Our five criteria are as follows:

  • The progress of the disease
  • Healthcare capacity and resilience
  • Testing and contact tracing capacity
  • The ability to shield and care for at-risk groups
  • The risk of secondary morbidity and mortality due to the restrictions themselves

Varadkar added: "Any changes to restrictions will be made every two to four weeks as we need to leave a period of time between changes to accurately assess their impact.

"We will intervene earlier though if things appear to be going off track. Restrictions may have to be reintroduced if it looks like the virus is going to surge back. We expect to have this plan completed tomorrow for approval by Cabinet."

You can watch Taoiseach Varadkar's remarks in the Dáil Eireann today here: 

Update 12:50 pm EST: There are 359 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 20,612.

There have been 43 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,232.

There have been 1,579 coronavirus-related deaths and 24,148 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland as of today.

Globally, there are more than 3.23 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 228,000 coronavirus-related deaths, and there have been more than 1 million recoveries.

Update 11:25 am EST:  There are 73 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total in the region to 3,536.

There have been nine more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 347, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) in NI. pic.twitter.com/vwsJphuaQ8

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) April 30, 2020

April 29: 1,528 deaths, 23,716 confirmed cases of coronavirus on island of Ireland

Update 3:35 pm EST:  376 cases of coronavirus have been newly-confirmed in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total in the country to 20,253, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 31 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,190.

There have now been 1,528 coronavirus-related deaths and 23,716 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are now more than 3.1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 224,700 deaths and more than 958,300 recoveries.

Update 12:45 pm EST: There are 55 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 3,463.

There have been 9 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 338, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) in NI. pic.twitter.com/CMzPeij3de

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) April 29, 2020

Update 12 pm EST: Varadkar says the number of ICU patients, new cases, and deaths in Ireland remains too high

Ireland's Taoiseach (Prime Minister) has said the number of ICU admissions, new cases and deaths due to the coronavirus "just aren't good enough yet" to ease lockdown restrictions. 

He told RTE "Maybe it'll change significantly by Friday, but as things stand I don't think we're there yet."

Varadkar suggested that easing of restrictions will be not announced on Friday but an exit strategy would be rolled out. 

"We expect to be in a position to share the exit strategy with the Irish public in the next couple of days, certainly over the weekend. We'll be getting new advice from the Chief Medical Officer on Friday as to when we should start that process of reopening the economy and the country," Varadkar said. 

He continued "I don't think I'd be out of school by saying that those numbers just aren't good enough yet. Maybe it will change significantly by Friday, but as things stand I don't think we're there yet."

The leader commiserated with the public who he understands are "enormously frustrated" but added that the public had been responding well to the restrictions. 

April 28: 1,488 deaths, 23,285 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 4:30 pm EST: Operation Fanacht relaunched in Ireland this morning and will run through Monday, May 4, which is a bank holiday in Ireland.

The operation will see a number of police checkpoints on roads across Ireland to make sure people are adhering to the latest coronavirus restrictions.

You can read more about it here.

#operationfanacht started today at 7am. Garda will be out on checkpoints and engaging with people all over the country, essential journeys in line with public health guidelines only. We can continue to #FlattenTheCurve#StayAtHome #WashYourHandshttps://t.co/2pq6ETsPmE pic.twitter.com/qUmQqrnPmQ

— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) April 28, 2020

Update 1:20 pm EST: 299 cases of coronavirus have been newly-confirmed in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 19,877.

There have been 59 more coronavirus-related deaths, 49 of which have been laboratory confirmed, in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the country's death toll to 1,159.

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that a total of 59 people with #COVID19 have died, of which 45 were laboratory confirmed.

— Department of Health (@roinnslainte) April 28, 2020

153,054 coronavirus tests have been conducted to date in the Republic of Ireland.

There have now been 1,488 coronavirus-related deaths and 23,385 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 213,000 deaths. There have been more than 910,000 recoveries.

Update 12:20 pm EST: There have been 34 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total in the region to 3,408.

There have been 20 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 329, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) in NI. pic.twitter.com/ZGuEUBCYqj

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) April 28, 2020

Update 7:00 am: It is expected that Ireland's national lockdown will be extended for two weeks with the majority of people remaining at home after the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Ireland's government is expected to announce an extension along with its roadmap for lifting social-distancing measures over the coming months this Friday, May 1.

Work restrictions from May 5 may be reconsidered with those who work outdoors, such as construction workers and horticulturists, being able to go back to work.

The extension to the lockdown is due to the fact that the Irish Government wishes to see key targets reached, to limit the spread of the virus, before lifting or adjusting restrictions.

April 27: 1,411 deaths, 23,022 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:30 pm EST: There have been 386 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 19,648, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 18 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, 17 of which have been laboratory confirmed.

There have now been a total of 1,102 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland (three cases from earlier have been denotified.)

Of the total 903 lab-confirmed coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 431 (48%) were hospitalised
  • 56 (6.2%) were admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICU)
  • 778 (86%) were reported to have had underlying health conditions
  • there were 477 (53%) male and 426 (47%) female
  • the median age was 83
  • the mean age was 81

There have now been 1,411 coronavirus-related deaths and 23,022 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been more than 208,000 deaths. There have been more than 878,000 recoveries.

Update 11:20 am EST: There are 66 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 3,374.

There have been 10 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 309, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) in NI. pic.twitter.com/a4I2Cl1CNB

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) April 27, 2020

April 26

Update 12:30 pm EST: The Irish Department of Health announced a further 701 cases of COVID-19 and 26 deaths on Sunday evening. 

A nearly-deserted Temple Bar in Dublin's City Center amidst the coronavirus lockdowns.

A nearly-deserted Temple Bar in Dublin's City Center amidst the coronavirus lockdowns.

Ireland's Coronavirus death toll has now reached 1,089. 

There have been 19,262 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ireland since it was first reported in late February. 

The Health Protection Surveillance Center said that 14% of Irish cases have been hospitalized as of Friday, April 24. 

A total of 349 cases have been admitted to ICU. 

Of the confirmed cases in Ireland, 27% relate to healthcare workers in the country. 

Dublin has had 50% of all cases, according to the data, which is correct up until midnight on Friday. 

April 25 

Update 12:30 pm EST: The Irish Department of Health has confirmed 377 new Coronavirus cases and 52 new deaths in the country. 

Ireland's death toll now stands at 1,063. 

"In this together": Graffiti by the beach at Sutton, in north Dublin.

"In this together": Graffiti by the beach at Sutton, in north Dublin.

There have been 18,561 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus since the virus was first diagnosed on February 29. 

More than 9,000 people in Ireland have recovered from the virus.

The number of new cases in Ireland fell by exactly 200 from Friday after rising significantly earlier in the week. 

There have been 1,359 deaths from the virus and 21,787 confirmed cases on the island of Ireland in just under two months. 

Update 11:40 am EST: A further 16 people in Northern Ireland have died from the Coronavirus bringing the region's death toll to 294. 

The news comes as Britain's Coronavirus death toll topped 20,000 on Saturday afternoon. 

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland also confirmed 104 new cases of the Coronavirus on Saturday and the region's toll now stands at 3,226 confirmed cases since the virus was first diagnosed on February 27. 

Roughly one-third of all Coronavirus deaths in Northern Ireland have occurred in care homes and the virus has been diagnosed in 65 different homes across the North. 

The Belfast Telegraph reports that 38 Coronavirus patients are in intensive care at present and that there are currently 35 free ICU beds in Northern Ireland. 

April 24 - 1,107 deaths, 21,306 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:10 pm EST: 577 cases of coronavirus have been newly-confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the country's total number of confirmed cases to 18,184 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer.

There have been 37 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total to 829 deaths (2 have been de-notified from earlier statistics).

You can watch Ireland's Department of Health briefing from today here:

WATCH: Latest Department of Health briefing on the Covid-19 pandemic after a further 37 people diagnosed with coronavirus have died | Read more coverage: https://t.co/Ek8oroNQ3H https://t.co/LfmdBVh5II

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) April 24, 2020

Globally, there are now more than 2.76 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been more than 194,000 deaths. There have been more than 762,000 recoveries.

Update 11:35 am EST: There have been 106 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total there to 3,122, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 15 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 278.

UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) in NI. pic.twitter.com/UrVcUJr5Ua

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) April 24, 2020

April 23 - 1,057 deaths, 20,623 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 4:45 pm EST: Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris shared this positive message earlier today:

Some good news: The reproductive rate has fallen even further to between 0.5 and 1. At beginning of April, 100 people a day were being admitted to hospital with #COVID19. That is now reduced to 40. The next 12 days matter and what you do matters. Stay the course and #StayAtHome

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) April 23, 2020

Update 1:40 pm EST: 936 cases of coronavirus have been newly-confirmed in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total in the country to 17,607.

An empty O'Connell Street.

An empty O'Connell Street.

936 is the highest single-day increase of newly-confirmed cases in the country.

There have been 28 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland. However, three other deaths have been "de-notified." The coronavirus death toll in the Republic of Ireland is now 794.

Globally, there are more than 2.66 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been more than 186,000 deaths. There have been more than 727,000 recoveries.

Update 11:20 am EST: There are now 3,016 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland now stands at 263.

UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) in NI. pic.twitter.com/nP8BVQ5GHH

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) April 23, 2020

April 22 - 1,019 deaths on island of Ireland, 16,671 confirmed cases in Rep of Ireland

Update 2:15 pm EST: Ireland's Department of Health has provided this breakdown of the 769 total COVID-19 related deaths:

  • 386 (50.2%) deaths occurred in a hospital setting
  • 50 (6.5%) occurred in Intensive Care Units (ICU)
  • 415 males (54%), 354 females (46%)
  • the median age was 83
  • the mean age was 69
  • the age range was between 23 and 105

Update 12:40 pm EST: There have been 631 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases to 16,671.

There have been 49 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the death toll in the Republic of Ireland to 769.

Globally, there are more than 2.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, and there have been more than 179,000 deaths. There have been more than 698,000 recoveries.

Update 12:20 pm EST: The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland has risen to 250 today, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

This includes eight deaths which occurred yesterday, April 21, with the remainder involving deaths in previous days that have now been added to the official record.

NI Health Minister Robin Swann said: “I appreciate that this latest total will cause some alarm, given the scale of the increase from yesterday. These daily figures are compiled for surveillance purposes to help us track the virus and keep the public as informed as possible.

“The daily figures will always be subject to some degree of revision, as deaths will be officially registered at different times in busy hospitals.

“We look to the weekly NISRA [Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency] bulletin to provide a more complete picture on Covid-19 related deaths across both hospital and community settings.

“I want the fullest possible information on the impact of this virus to be made public in the most timely manner possible.

“Accuracy has to receive the highest priority, so I thank officials who are working hard to make sure relevant data is captured and published.”

April 21

Update 3:55 pm EST: Figures regarding the number of newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today have yet to be released.

Earlier, nine more deaths were confirmed, bringing the region's total to 216.

Update 2:30 pm EST: During a press briefing earlier today, Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster warned that "we must stay the course of isolation and social distancing."

Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill added: "We must not forget that Covid-19 is still here and to forget that would be catastrophic.

“It’s important that we keep following Public Health advice.”

Executive daily press conference on COVID-19 - 21 April 2020

Watch: First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill provide update on fight against #COVID19 The press conference in full with sign language translations ⬇

Publiée par Northern Ireland Executive sur Mardi 21 avril 2020

Update 1:00 pm EST: There are 388 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 16,040.

There have been 44 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total death toll to at least 730.

Globally, there are more than 2.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been more than 171,800 deaths. There have been more than 659,700 recoveries.

Update 12:50 pm EST: The Irish government today confirmed that "major public gatherings" will not be granted licenses until late August at the earliest.

The Government today announced: "While the issue of restrictions on future mass gatherings is a decision to be taken by the NPHET, in the case of these particular events, and taking account of the impacts on the integrity of the licensing process in the short-term due to restrictions on stakeholder involvement, local authorities have been advised by Government that event promoters should be informed that events requiring licences in excess of 5,000 will not be considered for the period up to the end of August.

"This will be kept under review in line with NPHET advice on mass gatherings more generally."

The Republic of Ireland is under restrictions until at least May 5.

The latest coronavirus figures from the Republic of Ireland are expected shortly.

Update 12:00 pm EST: Northern Ireland's Department of Health confirmed that there have been nine more coronavirus-related deaths in the region after the agency's newly-launched dashboard reported an incorrect figure earlier in the day.

The Department of Health confirms that today a further nine people have sadly lost their lives to Covid-19. Figures today in the recently launched dashboard reported an incorrect figure. The report has been temporarily suspended.

The Department apologises for any inconvenience pic.twitter.com/SuEV2VR6WE

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) April 21, 2020

April 20 - 894 deaths, 18,380 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 4:00 pm EST: There have been 83 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total in the region to 2,728.

There have been 13 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 207.

Globally, there are more than 2.45 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 168,500 deaths. There have been more than 643,000 recoveries.

Update 1:15 pm EST: 401 cases of the coronavirus have also been newly diagnosed in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 15,652.

There have been 77 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the country's death toll to 687. Today sees the highest single-day death toll since the outbreak began.

April 19 - 804 deaths, 17,896 cases on island of Ireland. 

Update 12:40 pm EST: The Department of Health has confirmed 493 new cases of the Coronavirus as Ireland's tally moved past 15,000. 

A further 39 people died from the virus in Ireland, taking the country's tally to 610. 

The median age of those who died in the last 24 hours was 84 and the deaths included 19 females and 20 males. 

There are now 15,251 confirmed cases of the virus in the Republic of Ireland. 

Of the new cases, 443 are from Ireland and 48 are from a backlog in a lab in Germany. 

The HSE announced today that there is now no testing backlog in Ireland. 

There have been 17,896 cases on the island of Ireland and 804 deaths. 

Update 11:30 am EST: One person has died in Northern Ireland from COVID-19 taking the region's death toll to 194. 

The figure is the lowest recorded in Northern Ireland for a number of weeks. 

However, Northern Ireland only includes hospital deaths in its official death toll and does not include hospices or nursing homes. 

The Northern Ireland Public Health Agency also announced 159 newly-confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,645. 

The PHA has tested 16,490 people for the Coronavirus. 

April 18 - 764 deaths and 17,244 confirmed cases on the island of Ireland 

Update 1:20 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 778 new cases of the Coronavirus and 41 deaths in the Republic of Ireland. 

Of the new cases, 630 were diagnosed in Ireland and 148 cases are linked to a testing backlog that was sent to a German laboratory. 

There have now been 14,758 cases in the Republic of Ireland and 571 deaths.

Minister for Health Simon Harris said that there would have to be a "low risk" to public health if the Irish Government is to ease restrictions on May 5. 

There have now been 17,244 cases on the island of Ireland since the virus was first diagnosed in late February and 764 confirmed deaths. 

Update 11 am EST: The Northern Ireland Public Health Agency announced 148 new cases of the Coronavirus in the region and 17 more deaths from the virus on Saturday. 

There have been 2,486 cases of the Coronavirus in Northern Ireland since the virus was first diagnosed on February 27 and 193 deaths. 

However, the death toll is likely to be significantly higher than official tallies after the British Government admitted COVID-19 deaths were actually one-third higher than reported. There have been 39 deaths outside hospitals that are suspected to be from the Coronavirus which would bring Northern Ireland's death toll to 232. 

Deaths in nursing homes and hospices were not included in Northern Irish figures up until April 10. 

April 17 - 706 deaths, 16,318 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:05 pm EST: 709 cases of coronavirus have been newly-confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, 597 of which were confirmed in Irish labs and 112 in Germany. The country's total number of confirmed cases is now 13,980.

There have been 44 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the country's death toll to 530.

Of the 44 deaths:

  • 33 were in the east of the country, 3 in the northwest, 3 in the south, and 5 in the west
  • 25 were males, 19 were female
  • The median age of today’s reported deaths is 84
  • 25 people were reported as having underlying health conditions

Globally, there are more than 2.19 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been more than 149,000 deaths. There have been more than 560,000 recoveries.

Update 11:25 am EST: 137 cases of coronavirus have been newly-confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 2,338.

There have been 18 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 176.

To date, 15,025 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

The Public Health Agency of Northern Ireland has provided this breakdown of confirmed cases:

Local Government District:

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey -174
  • Ards and North Down -161
  • Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon - 269
  • Belfast - 719
  • Causeway Coast and Glens - 116
  • Derry and Strabane - 146
  • Fermanagh and Omagh - 61
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh - 241
  • Mid and East Antrim - 160
  • Mid Ulster - 119
  • Newry, Mourne and Down - 140
  • Unknown - 32

Age:

  • 0 to 44 - 760 (33%)
  • 45 to 69 - 856 (37%)
  • 70+ 722 - (31%)

Sex:

  • Female - 1357 (58%)
  • Male - 980 (42%)
  • Unknown - 1 (0%)

April 16 - 644 deaths, 15,472 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:50 pm EST: 724 cases of coronavirus have been newly reported in the Republic of Ireland today. 629 new cases were confirmed by Irish labs and 95 confirmed in German labs.

There are now 13,271 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland.

There have been 43 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll to 486.

Of the 43 newly-reported deaths:

  • 27 had underlying health conditions
  • 34 in the East, 4 in the West, 5 in the South
  • 22 males, 21 females
  • Median age of 84

Of the total 486 coronavirus-releated deaths in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 298 (61%) deaths occurred in hospitals
  • 44 (9%) occurred in Intensive Care Units (ICU)
  • the median age was 82
  • the mean age was 69
  • the age range was 23-105
  • 403 (83%) had underlying health conditions

Globally, there are more than 2.1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been more than 140,000 deaths. There have been more than 532,000 recoveries.

Update 12:30 pm EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said today in the Dáil Éireann: "I don’t yet know if we’ll be able to relax restrictions on 5 May, but I do know that if we can at all, it’s going to be gradual and will happen over a number of months. As we know from Asia, they may even need to be reimposed again."

He added: "Only a scientific breakthrough, a vaccine, or an effective antiviral medicine will truly allow life to go back to being as it was. Other breakthroughs, like a reliable antibody test could really help them."

You can watch Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's speech here:

Update 11:20 am EST: 113 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the region's total number of confirmed cases to 2,201.

There have been 18 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 158.

To date, 14,240 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Public Health Agency has published the following information regarding the confirmed cases in the region:

Confirmed cases by Local Government District:

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey -156
  • Ards and North Down -157
  • Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon - 246
  • Belfast - 689
  • Causeway Coast and Glens -103
  • Derry and Strabane - 144
  • Fermanagh and Omagh - 61
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh - 232
  • Mid and East Antrim - 144
  • Mid Ulster - 111
  • Newry, Mourne and Down - 132
  • Unknown - 26

Confirmed cases by age

  • 0 to 44 - 715 (32%)
  • 45 to 69 - 818 (37%)
  • 70+ - 668 (30%)

Confirmed cases by sex

  • Female -1265 (57%)
  • Male -935 (42%)
  • Unknown - 1 (0%)

April 15 - 584 deaths, 14,635 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:40 pm EST: During a press conference today, Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill said that restrictions in the region have been extended for another three weeks and will be reviewed on May 9:

Update 1:20 pm EST: 657 cases of coronavirus were newly confirmed today in labs in the Republic of Ireland. Additionally, 411 cases of coronavirus were confirmed from the backlog of older tests at the laboratory in Germany. There are now 12,547 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland.

There have been 38 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll to 444. 

Today’s data from Ireland's Health Protection Surveillance Center (HPSC), as of midnight, Monday 13th April (11,261 cases), reveals:

  • 55% are female and 45% are male, with 413 clusters involving 2,244 cases
  • the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
  • 1,968 cases (18%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 280 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 2,872 cases are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 5,850 (52% of all cases) followed by Cork with 829 cases (7%)
  • Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 52%, close contact accounts for 42%, travel abroad accounts for 6%

Globally, there are more than 2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 129,000 deaths. There have been more than 502,000 recoveries.

Update 11:30 am EST: In a bit of good news, Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris revealed today that 77 people have been discharged from Intensive Care Units after being diagnosed with coronavirus:

A number to give us hope this morning -77. The number of people with #Covid19 who have now been discharged from ICU. 77 lives recovering thanks to the amazing dedication of our health professionals. 77 families relieved. 77 reasons to motivate us & encourage us to stay the course

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) April 15, 2020

Harris said these 77 individuals serve as signs of hope and further motivation to "stick to the plan:"

77 reasons to be motivated today and to stick with the plan, #stayhome & save lives #Covid19 https://t.co/R0P70iz515

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) April 15, 2020

Update 11:15 am EST: There have been 121 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total in the region to 2,088.

There have been six more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 140.

To date, there have been 13,672 individuals tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Public Health Agency has also provided this breakdown of the confirmed cases in the region:

Local Government District:

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey - 149 
  • Ards and North Down - 154 
  • Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon - 220 
  • Belfast - 649 
  • Causeway Coast and Glens - 98 
  • Derry and Strabane -133 
  • Fermanagh and Omagh - 61 
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh - 221 
  • Mid and East Antrim - 136 
  • Mid Ulster - 106 
  • Newry, Mourne and Down - 127 
  • Unknown - 34 

Age: 

  • 0 to 44 - 675 (32%) 
  • 45 to 69 - 782 (37%) 
  • 70+ - 632 (30%) 

Sex:

  • Female - 1184 (57%) 
  • Male - 902 (43%)
  • Unknown - 1 (0%)

April 14 - 540 deaths, 13,446 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:05 pm EST: As of midnight Monday, April 13, 90,646 tests have been carried out for individuals in the Republic of Ireland. 62,952 have been completed in Irish laboratories and 27,694 have been completed in a laboratory in Germany.

Over the past week, 20,468 tests were carried out in Irish laboratories and of these 4,233 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 21%.

Update 12:45 pm EST: There have been 832 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland. This figure includes 548 new cases confirmed in Irish labs and 284 cases confirmed by labs in Germany.

There are now 11,479 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland.

There have been 41 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland.  36 of the newly reported deaths were in the east of the country, four in the west, and one in the south. Of the 41, 16 are female, 25 are male. 31 of the 41 had reports of underlying conditions.

There have now been 406 coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland.

There have now been 540 coronavirus-related deaths and 13,446 confirmed cases on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are 1.94 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been more than 121,800 deaths. 

Update 9:35 am EST: 85 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the total in the region to 1,967.

There have been 10 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland as of today, bringing the death toll there to 134.

13,095 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland to date.

April 13 - 489 deaths, 12,520 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 5 pm EST: The Department of Health confirmed 992 cases on Easter Monday, taking the Republic of Ireland's toll to 10,647. 

527 more cases were diagnosed in Ireland, while 465 cases came from a backlog in Germany 

The Department of Health also confirmed 31 more deaths from the virus as Ireland's death toll reached 365. 

Of those who died, 18 were female and 13 were male. 

The median age of those who died was 82. 

There have now been 12,529 cases of the Coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 489 deaths. 

Update 12 pm EST: Six more people died from the Coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the North's death toll to 124. 

There were additionally 76 newly-confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Ireland on Monday, which brings the total number of infections in the region to 1,882.

More than 12,000 people have been tested for the virus in Northern Ireland. 

April 12 

Update 1:35 pm EST: The Department of Health confirmed 430 new cases of the Coronavirus in Ireland and 14 deaths from the virus on Sunday. 

Additionally, the Department of Health confirmed 297 old cases of the Coronavirus that were being tested in a laboratory in Germany to clear a backlog in Ireland. 

There have now been 9,655 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland and 334 deaths. 

The median age of those who died today was 80, according to the Department of Health and 10 of the patients who died had underlying health conditions. 

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) also released data correct until Friday, April 10 and relates to 8,496 cases of the virus. 

1,777 cases of the Coronavirus have been hospitalized since the virus was first diagnosed on February 29 and 261 patients have required intensive care. 

Dublin has had the highest amount of cases with 4,514 (53%), while 2,312 cases are associated with healthcare workers. 

There have been 11,461 cases on the island of Ireland and 452 deaths.

Woman walking down O'Connell Street, wearing face mask.

Woman walking down O'Connell Street, wearing face mask.

Update 11 am EST: An additional 89 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Northern Ireland on Sunday and 11 more people have died from the virus. 

There have been 1,806 cases in the North since the virus was first diagnosed on February 27. There have been 118 deaths from the Coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 

April 11 

Update 2:10 pm EST: The Department of Health has confirmed 553 new cases of the Coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland and 33 deaths.

In addition to the new cases, the Department of Health also confirmed 286 older cases of the Coronavirus that had been sent to Germany to be yesterday. The Health Department confirmed 1,025 old cases of COVID-19 yesterday. 

There have now been 8,928 cases in the Republic of Ireland since the virus was first diagnosed on February 29. There have been 330 deaths from the virus. 

Cases on the island of Ireland now top 10,000 including the 1,717 cases in Northern Ireland. In total, there have been 10,645 cases on the island of Ireland and 427 deaths. 

Minister for Health Simon Harris said that he hoped to clear a testing backlog in the Republic of Ireland by the end of next week. 

He said that up to 30,000 tests had been sent to Germany and more than half of those results had been returned already. 

Update 10:50 am EST: There were 15 newly-confirmed deaths in Northern Ireland as the region's death toll reached 107. 

This is the highest number of deaths in a single day in Northern Ireland since the virus was first diagnosed in late February. 

There were also 127 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the toll in Northern Ireland to 1,717. 

Prominent Northern Irish politicians rowed in the Assembly about seeking the army's help in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, hit out at Health Minister Robin Swann for "failing to consult ministerial colleagues" before seeking the army's help. 

Swann has placed two formal requests to the army for help in distributing vital and life-saving equipment. 

O'Neill believes that the Health Minister has the responsibility to "exhaust all options" to ensure that life-saving equipment is moved swiftly around Northern Irland. However, she also believes that the Executive should have been notified before the requests were made. 

April 10 -367 deaths, 8,643 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:50 pm EST: There have been 480 cases of coronavirus newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the country's total to 7,054.

There have been 25 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the death toll to 275.

There have now been 367 coronavirus-related deaths and 8,643 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 1.65 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 100,00 deaths. There have been more than 368,600 recoveries.

Update 1:30 pm EST: Members of the Northern Ireland Executive have shared this video urging people to stay at home this Easter weekend:

An important message from your Executive this Easter.#StayAtHome to save lives.@DUPleader | @moneillsf |@RobinSwannMoH | @conormurphysf |@poots2edwin | @naomi_long |@peterweirmla | @NicholaMallon | @gordonlyons1 | @DeclanKearneySF |@DianeDoddsMLA | @DeirdreHargey pic.twitter.com/SkLFWre8WY

— NI Executive (@niexecutive) April 10, 2020

Update 12:20 pm EST: You can read more about the extension of Ireland's restrictions that were announced today here.

Update 11:20 am EST: Ireland's Minister for Education TD Joe McHugh says schools will remain closed until further notice.

The Leaving Cert exams will be postponed until the last week of July or early August. A timetable will be confirmed at a later date.

The Junior Cert exam is cancelled and to be replaced with in-class tests in the new school year.

Update 11:15 am EST: Ireland's restrictions have been extended to Tuesday, May 5 as per recommendations from the NPHET. The current set of restrictions was set to expire on Sunday, April 12.

Update 11:11 am EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is making a statement following a meeting with Ireland's National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET):

WATCH: Statement by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Covid-19 restrictions, following a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team | Follow live updates: https://t.co/rBeqjRqKQu https://t.co/4j3d0L5Vlt

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) April 10, 2020

Update 11 am EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is about to make a speech in which he is expected to announce the extension of Ireland's restrictions amidst coronavirus.

Ireland's Leaving Cert examinations have been postponed until "late July or August." The Junior Certificate exams have been canceled this year.

Update 9:05 am EST: There have been 112 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the region's total to 1,589.

There have been 10 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the region's death toll to 92.

To date, 11,006 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

April 9 - 345 deaths, 8,051 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 12:55 pm EST: 500 more cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the country's total to 6,574.

There have been 28 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 263.

As of today, there have been 345 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland, and there are now 8.051 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 1.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than  90,000 deaths. There have been more than 340,000 recoveries.

Update 10:55 am EST: 138 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total to 1,477.

There have been 4 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the total to 82 in the region.

There have been 10,203 individuals tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland to date.

April 8 - 313 deaths, 7,413 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 12:40 pm EST: 365 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total in the country to 6,074.

There have been 25 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the country's death toll to 235.

There have now been 7,413 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 313 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 1.45 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 83,600 deaths. There have been more than 308,700 recoveries.

Update 11:45 am EST: 84 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases to 1,339.

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll to 78.

9,564 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland to date.

Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency published the number of confirmed coronavirus cases per local government district as of April 8:

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey - 81 
  • Ards and North Down - 110 
  • Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon - 135 
  • Belfast - 429 
  • Causeway Coast and Glens - 35 
  • Derry and Strabane - 52 
  • Fermanagh and Omagh - 43 
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh - 150 
  • Mid and East Antrim - 70 
  • Mid Ulster - 47 
  • Newry, Mourne and Down - 82 
  • Unknown - 105

April 7 - 283 deaths, 6,964 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland

Update 6:00 pm EST: Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris said this evening that he will be signing regulations that will grant gardai powers to enforce restrictions that have been put in place to curb Covid-19:

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he will be signing regulations tonight to give gardaí powers to enforce Covid-19 restrictions | https://t.co/wdaZ8k3hDX pic.twitter.com/QmZLeHtnRB

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) April 7, 2020

Update 12:50 pm EST: 345 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total there to 5,709 cases.

There have been 36 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the death toll in the country to 210.

There are now 6,964 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland. There have been 283 deaths.

Globally, there are more than 1.38 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been more than 78,000 deaths. There have been more than 292,000 recoveries.

Update 11:15 am EST: 97 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases to 1,255.

There have been 3 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll there to 73.

9.158 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland to date.

The latest figures from Northern Ireland have been published as a Memorandum of Understanding between Irish Government and Northern Ireland Executive was agreed upon between Ireland's Health Minister Simon Harris and Northern Ireland's Health Minister Robin Swann.

The document "focuses on facilitating greater co-operation on areas such as: public health messaging, research, programmes of behavioural change, ethics, evidence base/ modelling, and public health and non-pharmaceutical measures. Other areas will be considered, such as procurement, where this is of mutual benefit."

Update 9:46 am EST:  While Ireland's restriction of movement has not officially been extended by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) Ireland's Minister for Health said it was unlikely that the rules will be relaxed. The restrictions were due to be lifted on Easter Sunday. 

Minister Harris said the measures are working but need to stay in place. 

The NPHET will meet on Tuesday to discuss the restrictions and a final call will be made on Friday. 

Harris said "We’ll get the formal advice later in the week but I believe in being truthful and honest with people in this regard.

“I think that any kind of sudden departure from the existing restrictions is highly unlikely, particularly when we know they’re working.

"We are not going to do anything as a government that will in any way jeopardize the lives and wellbeing of Irish people. We have got to stay the course."

April 6 - 244 deaths, 6,522 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 12:50 pm EST: 370 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the country's total to 5,364.

There have been 16 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll to 174.

Globally, there are now more than 1.2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 70,700 deaths. There have been more than 271,00 recoveries.

Update 12:45 pm EST: 69 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the total in the region to 1,158.

There have been seven newly reported coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll to 70.

To date, 8,740 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

Update 11 am EST: Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) said that it will double its capacity for daily coronavirus testing this week to about 4,500 tests a day.

Paul Reid, CEO of the HSE, said: "I'm very pleased to say that we will now be in a place, from next week, to now test 4,500 per day in our laboratories - we have been averaging between 2000 and 2500 a day, and very late last week it had been constrained to about 1500.

"So from this week, 4500, per day. That has involved, bringing on ordering laboratories across our hospital system throughout the last period so we now have the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVR), plus another 18 hospitals."

April 5 - 221 deaths, 6,083 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update at 2:45 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced a further 390 cases of Coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland and 21 deaths, bringing the death toll in the country to 158. 

There have now been in 4,994 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Ireland since it was first confirmed on February 29. 

Nine of today's deaths were female and 12 were male, while the median age was 81. 

According to data correct up to April 3, 1,203 cases have been hospitalized since the virus was diagnosed while 165 patients have required intensive care. 

Unsurprisingly, Dublin has had the most cases in Ireland with 2,490 (56%) of Irish cases diagnosed in the capital. Cork has had the second-highest number of cases with 343 (8%). 

1,163 (27%) cases are associated with healthcare workers. 

There have now been more than 6,000 cases on the island of Ireland after 91 new cases were confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the region's toll to 1,089 and the island's toll to 6,083. There have been 221 deaths on the island. 

Update at 11 am EST: There were 91 newly confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Northern Ireland on Sunday and seven deaths from the virus. 

There have been 1,089 cases of Coronavirus in Northern Ireland since the virus was first diagnosed on February 27 and 63 deaths. 

In total, 8,486 people have been tested for the virus in Northern Ireland. 

April 4

Update at 12:45 pm EST: The Department of Health has confirmed 331 new cases of Coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland and a further 17 deaths from the virus. 

There have been 4,604 cases of Coronavirus in Ireland and 137 deaths since the virus was first diagnosed in the country at the end of February. 

There have been 5,602 confirmed cases of Coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 193 deaths after a further 94 cases and eight deaths were announced in Northern Ireland today. 

Covid-19: Dept of Health reports 17 more deaths and 331 new cases confirmed

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) April 4, 2020

Of the patients who died today, four were women and 13 were men. The median age of the deceased today was 77 and 13 of the patients had underlying health conditions. 

There have been more than 1.1 million cases of Coronavirus around the world and more than 62,000 deaths. There have been over 240,000 recoveries. 

Update 9:30 am EST: The Northern Ireland Public Health Agency has confirmed an additional 94 cases of COVID-19 bringing the number of confirmed cases in the region to 998. 

Eight more people have died from the virus in Northern Ireland, taking the death toll to 56. 

More than 8,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Northern Ireland. 

April 3 - 168 deaths, 5,177 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 12:45 pm EST: 424 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total to 4,273 cases.

There have been 22 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland consisting of 11 males and 11 females, 18 of which occurred in the east of the country, 3 in the south, and 1 in the west. 

There have now been 120 coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland. Of that 120, the median age is 82. 

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan announces 22 further deaths linked to Covid-19, as well as 424 new confirmed cases | Follow live #coronavirus updates: https://t.co/O0JghGfiPw pic.twitter.com/QyF5vNMCOy

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) April 3, 2020

There are now 5,177 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 55,700 deaths. There have been more than 221,600 recoveries.

Update 11:15 am EST: 130 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total to 904.

There have been 12 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total to 48 in the region.

7,525 individuals have now been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

April 2 - 134 deaths, 4,623 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 4:15 pm EST: This afternoon, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide passed 1 million.

Update 2:05 pm EST: 402 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total in the country to 3,849.

13 more deaths related to coronavirus have been recorded in the Republic of Ireland: nine in the east of the country, one in the south, and three in the west. Four were females and nine were males. There have now been 98 coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland.

The median age of the 98 people whose deaths are associated with Covid-19 is 82.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer, said that 932 people have been hospitalized so far. Of that pool, 134 people have been admitted to ICUs, with 25 of those being discharged and 14 losing their lives. 109 coronavirus patients remain in ICU.

Dr. Holohan said, "we need to keep improving."

'If we keep growing at the rate we're growing' we won't be able to avoid the worst-case scenario, says Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan | Follow live updates: https://t.co/pEIGg5h65m pic.twitter.com/vjkixSxljF

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) April 2, 2020

There are now 4,623 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 134 deaths on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 981,200 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 50,200 deaths. There have been more than 204,600 recoveries.

Update 11:25 am EST: 85 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland today, bringing the region's total to 774.

6 more patients have died, bringing the total to 36.

To date, 6,899 individuals in Northern Ireland have been tested for coronavirus.

Earlier: Ireland's Tánaiste (Deputy leader) Simon Coveney said that the restrictions on public movement due to Coronavirus Covid-19 may be extended beyond the current deadline of April 12. 

He said “I think people do need to realize that these restrictions may go on for some time and it’s wrong to put a timeline on it.

He added “We’ve set an initial period but I think it may well be that we will need to go beyond that initial deadline. But again that will be a decision taken with the best public health advice that we can get.”

The current restrictions were introduced on Friday (March 27, 2020) and are due to expire by April 12. 

Coveney was speaking ahead of a Cabinet sub-committee meeting on the pandemic. He said the Irish government would continue to follow the advice of Ireland's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan and the National Public Health Emergency Team.

April 1 - 105 deaths, 4,136 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Update 12:45 pm EST: 212 cases of coronavirus were newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number to 3,447.

14 more people who were diagnosed with Covid-19 have died, bringing the total to 85 people.

As of today, there are now 4,136 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 887,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 44,200 deaths. There have been more than 185,500 recoveries.

Update 11:10 am EST: 103 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases to 689.

Two more patients have died in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of deaths in the region to 30.

6,450 individuals in Northern Ireland have been tested for Covid-19.

March 31

Update: 3:40 pm EST: As of today, there are 3,821 confirmed cases on the island of Ireland - 3,235 in the Republic and 586 in Northern Ireland. An earlier update here incorrectly stated that there are 7,056 confirmed cases on the island of Ireland. 

Update 2:55 pm EST: 325 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total to 3,235.

There have been 17 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total to 71.

There are now 3,821 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 826,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 40,700 deaths. There have been more than 174,000 recoveries.

Update 1:45 pm EST: Ireland's Ambassador to the US Daniel Mulhall is urging all J1 visa holders in the US to return home. Read his message here.

Update 11:35 am EST: 53 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total to 586 confirmed cases.

Six more patients have died in the region, bringing the death toll to 28.

5,885 people have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

March 30

Update 6:30 am EST: The HSE has suggested that Ireland could reach its peak in mid-April and some worst-case scenarios predict that as many as 546 patients may require intensive care per day. 

There are currently 88 patients in ICU in Ireland. 

The number of patients requiring acute care may also rise to 1,328 per day by April 11, according to RTÉ. 

There are 170 ICU beds available in the country today and over 2,000 beds in the acute care system. 

Acute care is a branch of secondary healthcare that provides short-term treatments for various illnesses and injuries. 

Anne O'Connor, Chief Operations Officer with the HSE, said that the HSE was increasing its intensive care capacity in light of the predictions. 

If the figures are correct, it would put a serious strain on the Irish healthcare system. 

However, experts believe that the worst-case scenario is unrealistic given that Irish numbers have so far been well below the worst-case scenario projections. 

For example, the scenario projected that Ireland would report 878 new cases yesterday. In reality, Ireland reported just 200 new cases, less than 25% of the worst-case scenario. 

March 29 

Update 1:30 pm EST: Ten more patients have died in Ireland from COVID-19 and the Department of Health has confirmed 200 new cases in the country. 

There have been 2,615 cases of Coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland and 46 deaths related to the virus.

Of the ten people who died today, eight are male and two are female. 

The median age of the deaths today was 77. 

There were also 86 newly-confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total on the island of Ireland past 3,000. 

There were also six deaths in Northern Ireland today. 

There have been 410 cases and 21 deaths in the region and 3,025 cases and 67 deaths on the island of Ireland. 

March 28

Update 2:20 pm EST: The Department of Health has confirmed 294 new cases of Coronavirus and 14 new deaths related to the illness. 

There have now been 2,415 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland and 36 deaths. 

The Irish Government confirmed that the median age of today's deaths is 81. 

According to data relevant until March 25, 373 people over the age of 65 have been diagnosed with the virus. 

The number of cases is almost identically split between age groups. 

Age profile by cases pic.twitter.com/NWYX9q7cZO

— Fergal Bowers (@FergalBowers) March 28, 2020

In Northern Ireland, there were 49 newly-diagnosed cases of COVID-19, bringing the region's total to 324. Two more people died from the virus in Northern Ireland today, taking the death toll there to 15. 

March 27

Update 5:15 pm EST: You can read more about the new restrictions caretaker Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced tonight here.

Update 4:50 pm EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tonight announced that people in Ireland cannot go further than 2km from their homes unless in certain defined circumstances from midnight tonight for a period of 2 weeks.

WATCH: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Health Minister Simon Harris and Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan give a briefing on the Government's response to Covid-19 | Follow live updates: https://t.co/W2t5MvPevS https://t.co/nyt44hA8Nq

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 27, 2020

Update 4:35 pm EST: President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins has today signed into law the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest legislation.

In a statement, President Higgins said: "Extraordinary and difficult measures have been necessary as we try to stem the tide of increasing infection. The effects of those measures will become visible in the coming weeks.

"The legislation is emergency legislation for a time of crisis. It is appropriate that it has time limits and leaves our constitutional rights in place.

"These are difficult times, but our difficulties will come to an end. Let us make sure that, through the decisions and actions we take at present, we ensure the health and safety of each other, all of us together."

“Let us make sure that, through the decisions and actions we take at present, we ensure the health and safety of each other, all of us together.”

Statement from President Higgins following his signature of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest: https://t.co/89zARvpm2h

— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) March 27, 2020

Update 2:45 pm EST: 302 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed today in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total to 2,121 confirmed cases.

3 more coronavirus-deaths have been reported in the Republic of Ireland, raising the tally to 22 in the Republic of Ireland.

Fergal Bowers, Health Correspondent for RTE News, said that the daily press conference from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) will not take place today:

It has been announced that the daily National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) Press Conference will not take place today.

— Fergal Bowers (@FergalBowers) March 27, 2020

There are now 2,396 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 576,800 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 26,400 deaths. There have been more than 128,300 recoveries.

Update 1:30 pm EST: 34 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 275.

Three more people have died in Northern Ireland, bringing the tally to 13.

4,014 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland to date.

Robin Swann, the health minister for Northern Ireland, said in a statement today: "The weather forecast is good for the next few days but I would really urge everyone to resist the temptation to head out and socialise.

“We have to maintain the fightback against Covid 19. That means every one of us staying at home and regularly washing our hands thoroughly. Only leave home if it’s absolutely necessary and, if you have to go out, keep your distance from others.

“This is about protecting yourself, protecting others and protecting the health service.

“For the sake of everyone you care about, don’t take a chance this weekend.”

Minister Swann additionally addressed concerns about personal protective equipment: "Let me assure staff once again that I hear their concerns loud and clear. They will already know from my short time in office how much I value them.

“This is a very fluid situation and there is inevitably very high demand for PPE. It needs to be emphasised that we have substantial PPE in stock and it is being issued to the system, with more orders placed.

“Steps have also been taken to streamline and improve its distribution – and to ensure the independent care home and domiciliary care providers are supported.

“Ensuring the safety of all staff who are dealing with COVID-19 patients is an absolute priority.  It is, of course, also essential that these products are used in line with advice.  

“Demand for PPE will inevitably intensify in the days and weeks ahead.

“We are therefore taking every conceivable step to keep building up our stocks to meet this demand. It is very welcome news that key global supply chains are starting to reopen.

“We will pursue every feasible supply route, both local and international, to enhance our supplies.”

March 26

Update 4:50 pm EST: There have been 10 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total to 19 deaths.

225 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed today, bringing the total to 1,819 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland.

There are now 2,060 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 523,100 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 23,600 deaths. There have been more than 122,000 recoveries.

Update 4:10 pm EST: The Dáil Eireann interrupted its business to join in with the rest of Ireland to offer a round of applause to the nation's frontline workers:

Applause as a mark of thanks and respect to the workers in the front line. pic.twitter.com/qHxWybOSjq

— VideoParliament Ireland (@videoparliament) March 26, 2020

New coronavirus figures are expected within the hour.

Update 2:25 pm EST: People across Ireland are being encouraged to take part in a nationwide round of applause for frontline workers at 8 pm tonight.

An image with the HSE logo circulating on social media reads: "During these unprecedented times, let us show our true appreciation for all the Nurses, Doctors, GP's, ambulance crews, carers, support staff, of our health service executive for their ongoing hard work as they continue to fight the Covid-19 Virus.

"Let us all applaud them to say Thank You on Thursday March 26 at 8pm."

"Give a big round of applause from your front door, garden, windows, living room - wherever you can to show them how much we appreciate all they are doing."

The Dail Eireann has agreed to stop their business this evening in order to take part in the round of applause:

👏🏻 The Dáil has agreed to interrupt its business at 8pm - irrespective of whatever item of business is being conducted at that time - to join in a national moment of applause for frontline workers at the vanguard of Ireland's #CoVID19 response.

— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) March 26, 2020

Several other countries have done similar nationwide rounds of applause. A notice is also circulating in the UK for the same time tonight.

Update 11:10 am EST: 3 more coronavirus-related deaths have been confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the total to 10 deaths.

There were 32 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total to 241.

There have been 3,716 tests conducted in Northern Ireland.

New figures from the Republic of Ireland are expected later in the day.

March 25

Update 3:58 pm EST: 2 more coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total to 9 deaths.

The two newly reported deaths are understood to be a female patient in the East with an underlying health condition and a male in the East.

235 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total to 1,564.

Dr. Tony Holohan, the Chief Medical Officer of Ireland, said: “Our data showed yesterday that only 6% of our tests so far returned positive; so for every 100 people we test we are only finding 6 people with COVID-19. In light of this, our case definition changed.

“Changing case definition is a standard practice in managing pandemics. Ultimately, we want our 6% detected rate to increase, we want to find as many people as possible with COVID-19, isolate them and contain the spread.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said: “We are seeking to prioritise those who are to be tested with a focus in the short-term on those who are vulnerable and those who are at the highest risk to exposure.”

The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland is now 1,771.

Globally, there are more than 458,900 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 20,500 deaths. There have been more than 113,600 recoveries.

Update 11:55 pm EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said this morning that the Republic of Ireland is unlikely to hit the 15,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country by the end of the month that was earlier predicted.

He said: "The estimate of 15,000 cases by the end of the month was based on a 30 - 33 percent increase in new cases every day.

"That hasn't happened, at least not as of yet, so it looks like we're going to come certainly lower than 15,000.

"That is, of course, 15,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus. There are many, many more cases out there that are not confirmed.

"I hope that is some evidence of some of the measures that people are taking having some effect."

He added: "We're still seeing not far off 200 new cases every day. I don't think we can start to even contemplate the idea that we're containing this virus until we start to see the number of new cases fall and fall consistently. We're nowhere near that."

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says there may be fewer than 15,000 confirmed cases in Ireland by the end of the month | Follow live #coronavirus updates: https://t.co/5xl0IqJCmf pic.twitter.com/XgCOMFK0p2

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 25, 2020

Update 11:20 am EST: Northern Ireland's Department of Health has confirmed that three more people in the region have died from coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 7.

As of this morning, there were 37 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total to 209 confirmed cases. 3,372 individuals have been tested to date.

New figures from the Republic of Ireland are expected later in the day.

March 24

Update 4:45 pm EST: 204 cases of coronavirus were newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,329. 

Another coronavirus-related death, a male patient with underlying health conditions in the east of the country,  has also been confirmed, bringing the total to 7 deaths in the Republic of Ireland.

The HPSC said that 17,992 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the Republic of Ireland as of midnight last night.

In Northern Ireland, 24 cases of coronavirus were newly confirmed today, bringing the total in the region to 172. 

Two more patients have died in Northern Ireland since yesterday, one of whom was a patient in their 80s and had underlying health conditions. Five people have now died from coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been 2,989 coronavirus tests conducted in Northern Ireland.

There are now 1,501 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 414,200 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 18,500 deaths. There have been more than 107,800 recoveries.

Update 1:35 pm EST: To read about the new restrictive measures being put in place in Ireland from tonight, read here.

Update 12:20 pm EST: In a speech today, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that restriction measures will remain in place until April 19 at the earliest. 

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar outlines new measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 | Follow live updates: https://t.co/QffPYQeRRY pic.twitter.com/i7hqrJSWkb

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 24, 2020

Stay tuned for updates.

Update 11:30 am EST: Ireland's Department of Employment Affairs
Social Protection (DEASP) announced today that the pandemic unemployment payment will increase from €203 to €350 per week.

DEASP said in a statement:  "This is an unprecedented situation which requires an emergency response from Government.

"The rate is increasing to help ordinary people and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Increasing the rate of the weekly Covid-19 emergency payment to €350 (from €203) reflects the extraordinary situation we are currently experiencing. This is to try to compensate any direct loss of earnings suffered by people as a consequence of Covid-19.

"The value of the payment is equivalent to a gross income of just under €31,000 for a single person."

Update 11:15 am EST: Ireland's Minister for Education Joe McHugh said on Galway Bay FM today that schools in Ireland will remain closed past March 29.

"They won't be opening immediately after that," TD McHugh said of the March 29 date that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on March 12 would be the tentative end of shutdown measures across the country.

"We will get confirmation, whether it's today or tomorrow, to find out what is the next date as to when the schools will be closed."

McHugh added: "My commitment to the students and for the students who are maybe having their breakfast this morning and maybe getting ready to study and really, really putting in such an effort, my commitment to them, and the Department’s commitment is, we want to make those exams happen.

McHugh went on to praise young people for responding to the unique circumstances "really, really positively."

While McHugh is dedicated to making the Leaving and Junior Cert exams happen, he acknowledged “we are going to be influenced and directed by the health experts. We don’t know where we are going to be in terms of the peak of this virus.

“I think we owe it those young people who are studying and putting in the effort to see this through to try to have these exams this year."

He clarified: "When I say this year, I mean the dates that are defined for this year. Whether it's or a project or research work that needs to be completed in May and exams in June, that’s what we are working towards.”

The Irish government is meeting today and announcements are expected later in the day.

March 23

Update: 4:40 pm EST: Ireland's Department of Health released research from a nationally representative online survey of 1,270 that was conducted today and will continue to be conducted twice weekly.

The survey found:

  • 93 % of the Irish population are washing their hands more often as a result of Coronavirus. 
  • 90% of people know the two most common symptoms (fever or cough)
  • 88% of people say they are staying at home, rather than going out
  • 84% of people say they are practicing social distancing in queues
  • 71% of people say they are sitting further apart from others
  • 75% are confident they would know what steps to take if they developed symptoms

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "We understand the anxiety this outbreak may be causing people. All aspects of our public health advice are constantly reviewed by the National Public Health Emergency Team and we will not hesitate to take more measures where necessary, based on epidemiological evidence and in proportion with Ireland’s experience of this outbreak.

"The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again tomorrow morning, where we will continue to review Ireland’s response and make further recommendations where appropriate."

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: "The key response that every individual can make if they are experiencing symptoms is to self isolate. While we continue to increase testing in Ireland, in line with WHO guidelines, the most important action that can be taken against this virus is isolation and social distancing.”

Update 2:15 pm EST: 219 cases of coronavirus were newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,125.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths confirmed today in the Republic of Ireland. Both patients were males in the east of the country. The total of deaths in the Republic of Ireland is now six.

There are now 1,269 cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 367,400 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 16,100 deaths. There are more than 100,800 recovered cases.

Update 12 pm EST: 20 cases of coronavirus were newly confirmed in Northern Ireland today, bringing the region's total to 148 confirmed cases.

Two people have died from coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

The total number of tests completed in the region is 2,692.

March 22 

Update at 2:30 pm EST: A fourth person in the Republic of Ireland from COVID-19. 

The patient was a man in the east of the country with an underlying health condition. 

The Department of Health confirmed 121 new cases of Coronavirus in Ireland on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 906. 

There are now more than 1,000 cases on the island of Ireland, with a further 128 cases in Northern Ireland. In total, there are 1,034 cases in Ireland. 

There has also been a sharp increase in the number of patients taken into intensive care. The tally stood at 13 yesterday but has more than doubled in the past 24 hours and now stands at 29. 

A total of 177 people have been hospitalized. 

HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said that there was a five-day delay in people getting tested for the virus and as many as 40,000 people are awaiting tests. 

Update 11:20 am EST: A second person in Northern Ireland has died from COVID-19. 

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland said that the patient was elderly and had underlying health conditions. 

There were 20 newly-confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the region's total to 128. 

There are now 913 cases on the island of Ireland. 

March 21

Update 3 pm EST: The Department of Health has confirmed 102 new cases of Coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases to 785. 

The figure is lower than yesterday's 126 and almost half of Thursday's tally of 191 new cases, which is the highest daily increase since COVID-19 hit Irish shores on February 29. 

There were also 22 cases in Northern Ireland today as the region's tally moved past 100 to 108. 

In total, there have been 891 cases of Coronavirus on the island of Ireland. 

The Department of Health also released further information about the first 584 cases to be confirmed in Ireland. 

A significant 30% of those cases have been hospitalized, but just 13 cases (2%) have required intensive care. 

Unsurprisingly, Dublin has the highest number of cases with 55% of cases diagnosed inside the capital. Cork, Ireland's second-largest city, also has the second-highest number of cases with 15%. 

55% of all cases are male and 25% are associated with healthcare workers. 

Update 1:20 pm EST: Italy reported 793 deaths in the past 24 hours as the country's infection toll moved past 50,000. 

There were 6,557 newly-reported cases of COVID-19 reported in Italy today, bringing its tally to 53,578. 

4,825 people have died in Italy since Coronavirus was first diagnosed in mid-February. 

Update 11:30 am EST: Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris is meeting with Ireland's leading medical officials today at the Department of Health. This is the second meeting of the medical leaders' forum after an initial meeting was held on St. Patrick's Day. 

Groups representing all sectors of the medical community are attending the meeting, including GPs, consultants and medical schools. 

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan will address them directly and update them about the current situation. 

Harris posted a video on his personal Twitter account this morning and said that Irish health authorities would do whatever they could to slow the spread of COVID-19. He also urged people to be conscious of their loved ones and "pick up the phone" and ring anyone who might be anxious about the current crisis. 

Morning. Let’s be kind to each other this weekend - let’s look out for each. Keep our physical distance but still be there for each other. Just some rambling thoughts from me this Saturday morning. In this together! #coronavirus #Covid19 pic.twitter.com/9EmuP2N6F3

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) March 21, 2020

March 20

Update 6:30 pm EST: Ireland's Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan announced tonight that Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in Ireland that are due to expire between March 20 and May 20 will automatically be renewed for a period of two months.

More information regarding this matter can be found here.

🚨 As part of the @DeptJusticeIRL response to #Covid_19, Min @CharlieFlanagan announces that renewals of immigration permissions are temporarily extended with immediate effect. 🚨 This measure will preserve the legal status of people with permissions about to expire soon. pic.twitter.com/WcYEs6cmsq

— Department of Justice & Equality (@DeptJusticeIRL) March 20, 2020

Update 6:00 pm EST: Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, announced today that the following places must be closed by midnight tonight in the UK:

  • Food and drink venues for consumption on-site, such as restaurants and cafes.
  • Drinking establishments, including pubs, bars, nightclubs.
  • Entertainment venues, including cinemas, theatres, concert halls, and bingo halls.
  • Museums and galleries.
  • Spas, wellness centres and massage parlours.
  • Casinos and betting shops.
  • All indoor leisure and sports facilities, including gyms.

The move comes more than a week after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar instituted widespread shutdowns in the Republic of Ireland.

Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster (DUP) and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill (Sinn Fein) responded to the shutdown in Northern Ireland in a press conference:

Necessary measures: First Minister @DUPleader and deputy First Minister @moneillsf comment on the move to close pubs, clubs, theatres, gyms and other leisure businesses from tonight in a bid to slow the spread of #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/B5A6ciJGvS

— NI Executive (@niexecutive) March 20, 2020

Update 2:00 pm EST: 126 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed today in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the country's total to 683 confirmed cases. There have been 3 coronavirus deaths in the Republic of Ireland.

While Dublin has more than half of the confirmed cases in the country, Co Monaghan is the only county without a confirmed case.

Dr. Tony Holohan said: "Now is not the time for complacency. Every citizen who is practicing social distancing, who is taking precautions to limit the spread of this virus, is doing their country a service."

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said: "We are aware that the actions we must take as a nation can lead to individuals feeling isolated and anxious. Be mindful of your mental health during this time."

In Northern Ireland, nine new cases were confirmed today, bringing the total in the region to 86. The total number of tests completed in Northern Ireland is 1,816. One person has died from coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There are now 769 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 263,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 11,100 deaths. There have been 87,300 recoveries.

Update 11 am EST: The Irish embassy in the US is urging Irish citizens currently in the US  who normally reside in Ireland make arrangements to return to Ireland now.

In line with @dfatirl travel advice, we recommend Irish citizens currently in 🇺🇸 who normally reside in 🇮🇪 make arrangements to return home now. Bookings should be made through your airline but, if needed, contact details for our US missions are 👇. https://t.co/byHJW69xB6 pic.twitter.com/q1apLqNVmf

— Embassy of Ireland USA (@IrelandEmbUSA) March 19, 2020

March 19

Update 6:20 pm EST: Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland's Health Service Executive, said today that more than 40k people have responded to Ireland's Health Service Executive healthcare recruitment initiative "Be On Call For Ireland."

Over 40K applications for "On Call for Ireland" in @HSELive Overwhelming support from business, communities, social groups, & individuals. We will shortly commence a really tough time but all of us in HSE are inspired by this response. Thank you all so much #COVID19

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) March 19, 2020

Update 5:20 pm EST:  The Dáil Éireann has passed emergency legislation regarding Ireland's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Health (Preservation and Protection and other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) Bill features two major points: social welfare payments, and detaining people who have Covid-19 if needed.

TheJournal reports that the bill will be taken for debate in the Seanad tomorrow, before being signed into law by President Michael D. Higgins this weekend. 

The bill can be read here.

Update 5:10 pm EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a 20-minute phone call today in which they discussed the response needed from the two nations in the face of covid-19.

"They agreed on the need to keep in contact and align their actions, in so far as possible, on the matter. The Prime Minister outlined the steps he announced yesterday to close the schools. The Taoiseach welcomed this decision which had brought a greater closeness between the position in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

"They also discussed developments in Europe and internationally and agreed on the importance of close co-operation in the context of the operation of the common travel area between Britain and Ireland.

"They both expressed the wish that political parties in Northern Ireland work collaboratively in the restored Executive. They also discussed the recent British proposals concerning how to handle legacy issues."

Update 2:25 pm EST: The third coronavirus-related death has been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland. The patient was reportedly a female in the east of the country.

191 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed today, bringing the total to 557 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland. The rise in that figure is attributed to more testing being conducted.

The median age of confirmed cases is 43-years-old.

In Northern Ireland, the first coronavirus-related death was confirmed today. Nine new cases were confirmed in the region today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 77. The total number of tests completed in Northern Ireland is 1,646.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the island of Ireland is now 634.

Globally, more than 235,700 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed and more than 9,700 deaths. More than 84,900 cases have recovered.

Update 2:05 pm EST: Ireland's Minister for Education Joe McHugh has announced the cancellation of oral and practical performance tests of the state examinations which were originally scheduled to take place from Monday 23 March to Friday 3 April 2020. 

All students who were due to take these tests will be awarded full marks for this portion of the exam. 

I have taken this decision with the best interests of students at heart & after considering what is the fairest approach. https://t.co/sUatPP7wX9

— Joe McHugh (@McHughJoeTD) March 19, 2020

The change to the 2020 state examinations means all students who were due to take oral and practical performance tests in the following subjects will be given full marks for this part of the examination: 

  • Oral tests in Leaving Certificate Irish and the Modern Languages of French,
  • German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese.
  • Practical performance tests in Leaving Certificate Music.
  • Practical performance tests in Junior Certificate Music and Home Economics. 

Minister McHugh also confirmed changes to deadlines for students to complete project work and coursework in a number of subjects. 

Students were originally scheduled to complete these elements of the state examinations on a number of dates from Friday 20 March to Friday 24 April 2020, depending on the subject. 

Students will now be given until Friday 15 May 2020 to complete this work. 

Minister McHugh said: “This is a difficult time for all. Students are facing a challenging period out of school and our decision on this element of the exams is being taken with their best interests at heart. 

“It is the fairest response we could take in the circumstances. It guarantees that no student will score less than they would have if schools had been operating as normal. 

“We have seen a new emphasis on remote learning amid the uncertainty about the impact of Covid-19 and the closure of all schools. I hope this decision will ease some of the pressure that students are feeling and allow them to focus more clearly on completing project work and preparing for written exams.” 

March 18

Update 4:55 pm EST: Ireland's Department of Health has confirmed 74 new cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 366.

The breakdown of the 74 new newly confirmed cases is 45 males, 29 females.

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 129, followed by Cork (48) and Limerick (14).

The number of coronavirus deaths in the Republic of Ireland remains at two.

Dr. Tony Holohan, the Chief Medical Officer in Ireland, said: "Again, today we are seeing another increase in case numbers. The importance of social distancing cannot be underestimated. Everyone must play their role."

“Reduce your social contacts to those in your closest family network. Practice social distancing. Stop shaking hands and hugging when you say hello.”

Earlier on March 18, six new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the total in the region to 68. The total number of tests completed in Northern Ireland is 1,482.

There are now 434 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 214,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 8,700 deaths. There have been more than 83,000 recoveries.

4:40 pm EST: It was announced today that schools in Northern Ireland will close from the end of the day on Friday, March 20. The move comes after the Republic of Ireland shut down all of its schools on March 12.

Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster (DUP) and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill (Sinn Fein) made the announcement during a press conference earlier on March 18.

Foster said: "This is unprecedented. We are exploring how our schools can continue to be a base for the education of children whose parents are health service staff or other key workers such as the blue light services."

Later, O'Neill, who has been calling for the closure of schools in the region, tweeted:

The closure of schools is the correct and necessary move.

We will all need to work together to save lives and to mind each other.

I will continue to work actively as Joint Head of Governemnt to protect you and your family.

— Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) March 18, 2020

3:40 pm EST: Ireland's Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue announced measures to help people deal with the financial strain of COVID-19:

  • flexible arrangements for business and personal customers with their banks - including 3-month payment breaks where necessary (customers are advised to contact their bank)
  • contactless payments to increase to €50 in the interests of public health policy
  • making sure that people can continue to access banking services

The GAA announced that the Connacht Senior Football Championship, scheduled for May 3 at Gaelic Park in the Bronx, NY has been postponed.

The GAA said: "The future for this fixture will be considered at a later date and in the context of the anticipated overall re-drawing of the national fixtures calendar for 2020 as necessitated by the ongoing disruption to the GAA games programme."

#GAA news: The @ConnachtGAA SFC clash @NewYorkGAA v @Galway_GAA on May 3 has been postponed

— The GAA (@officialgaa) March 18, 2020

A number of big-name stores in Ireland announced their indefinite closure today. Penney's, who employs about 10,000, is set to shutter all 37 of its shops in the country, while Brown Thomas, Arnotts, and BT2, who employ about 4,000 in total, will close from 5 pm in Ireland until further notice.

To our Brown Thomas community,
An important announcement pic.twitter.com/2JpcIAulsD

— Brown Thomas (@brownthomas) March 18, 2020

March 17 - St. Patrick's Day

Update 8:00 pm EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar delivered a historic State of the Nation address at 9 pm in Ireland. In it, he said the coronavirus fight could continue into the summer months.

Update 2:00 pm EST: There are 69 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total to 292 confirmed cases.

The breakdown of the newly confirmed cases is:

  • 29 males and 40 females.
  • 48 associated with the east of the country
  • 13 associated with the south
  • 5 associated with the north/west
  • 3 associated with the west

There have been 2 deaths associated with COVID-19 in Ireland.

Dr.  Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer,  said: “Cooperation across the health service has never been more important and I would like to thank our colleagues in their ongoing efforts to help us to prepare for and limit the spread of COVID-19.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn said: “Today’s meeting emphasised the importance of us all coming together, sharing our perspectives and ensuring that our health workforces are supported and enabled to to respond dynamically at this crucial time.”

A further ten cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the total in the region to 62.

Overall there are 354 cases on the island of Ireland. RTE reports that to date, 6,636 Covid-19 tests have been carried out.

Read more: 15,000 cases of coronavirus in Ireland by end of month, warns government

Ireland launches healthcare recruitment drive

Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris announced a healthcare recruitment drive, 'Be On Call for Ireland.'

An appeal to help your country as we deal with #coronavirus #Covid19. We are hiring people right across the health service - https://t.co/FcV6QXr6i4 for more info and to apply. Thanks so much pic.twitter.com/XAPhk14Bo4

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) March 17, 2020

Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) said: "We are asking all healthcare professionals from all disciplines who are not already working in the public health service to register to be on call for Ireland.

"We will be creating extra hospital and care beds and will need extra hands to provide the care that’s needed. We need your help to meet the challenge that’s ahead.

"Maybe you aren’t a healthcare professional, maybe you’re studying to be one, or maybe you have other skills to offer or just want to volunteer to do your bit if needed.

"Hopefully we won’t need to call, and if we do, we may not need every one of you. But knowing you are there if we do will make all the difference."

World Health Organisation commends Irish government's actions

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the Irish government is heading in the right direction with the manor in which they are dealing with Coronavirus COVID-19. 

Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris spoke with the WHO via teleconference on St. Patrick's Day. He said it is "so important we work together on this global pandemic."

Doctor David Nabarro, the WHO special envoy for the global COVID-19, said "I think the world is waking up to the reality of the enormous threat that this unseen enemy is offering us.

"It really is an epic struggle and it takes time for each one of us to realize what this means."

Home of GAA - Croke Park opens as COVID-19 test facility

On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, Croke Park, in the north of Dublin city, will open as a drive-thru facility for testing for COVID-19, for designated appointments only. 

A message was sent to local residents which read:

"This will not be a walk-up service.

"The stadium layout has been identified as being suitable for facilitating this important service at this time.

"As soon as we have further information, we will share it with you."

Irish government to nationalize private hospitals for needed beds

Also on St. Patrick's Day it was confirmed that the Irish government are considering taking over private hospitals in an effort to combat the Coronavirus outbreak. 

There are 2,500 beds in the private hospital sector in Ireland. A number of these are intensive care unit beds. 

Sinn Féin's Health spokesperson Louise O'Reilly said "We have limited capacity in our public hospitals, and while alternative settings of care are being identified and made available to treat patients, it is also important that private hospital capacity is at the ready," she said.

"Yesterday, Spain took all private hospitals under public control as the country combats Coronavirus - we must stand ready to do the same."

March 16

Update 5 pm EST: There are 54 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total to 223.

The HPSC said the breakdown is 30 males and 24 females.

  • 41 are associated with the east of the country
  • 11 are associated with the south
  • 2 are associated with the north/west of the country

There have been 2 deaths associated with COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

In Northern Ireland, as of Monday, March 16, testing has resulted in 7 new positive cases bringing the total number of positive cases in the region to 52.

There are now 275 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Update 3:45 pm EST: Ireland's National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) recommends today that "all Irish residents be advised against all non-essential travel overseas at this time until 29th March."

NPHET additionally "strongly recommends against leisure cruise ship travel at this time."

The Team "recommends that all persons, including Irish residents, entering the country from overseas should restrict movement for 14 days, if asymptomatic. This does not apply to Northern Ireland at this time. This measure applies prospectively." This recommendation does not apply to "essential supply chain workers."

Today the National Public Health Emergency Team met on Covid-19. It made some important recommendations including advising against non-essential travel overseas. See letter from @CMOIreland below: #COVID19 #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/8ZOAJq8GiR

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) March 16, 2020

Update 3:05 pm EST: Local residents were today informed that Croke Park in Dublin will be used as an appointment-only drive through coronavirus testing site.

A notice read: "Following a high-level request from the HSE today and in the national interest, Croke Park is to become a drive-thru facility for testing for Covid-19 for designated appointments.

"This will not be a walk-up service. The stadium layout has been identified as being suitable for facilitating this important service at this time.  As soon as we have further information, we will share with you."

March 15 

Update 2:20 pm EST: There are 40 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 169.

According to the HPSC, the breakdown of the 40 new cases is:

  • 23 males, 17 females
  • 25 are associated with the east of the country
  • 9 are associated with the west,
  • 6 are associated with the south

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “In regard to upcoming St Patrick’s Day celebrations, the Government is calling on all members of the public not to organise or participate in any parties in private house or other venues which would put other peoples lives at risk.

“Everyone is asked to reduce their social contact over this time period. House parties/ COVID parties carry the same risks as being in a pub/club.

"Therefore people should not organise or attend them. The virus is now in our community, it is up to us to limit its spread.

“Now is the time for action and to heed the public health advise we will continue to provide.”

Eleven new cases were confirmed in Northern Ireland earlier on Sunday, bringing the total number in the region to 45. 

There are now 214 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Update 1:30 pm EST: The Irish Government has called on all pubs in Ireland, including hotel bars, to close from this evening until March 29 at the earliest. 

Minister for Health Simon Harris confirmed the announcement at Government Buildings following discussions with the Licensed Vintners Association and the Vintners Federation of Ireland. 

Harris said that he expects all 7,000 pubs throughout the country to close, which will affect more than 50,000 bar staff. 

Breaking: All pubs asked to close from midnight. pic.twitter.com/o90Yj5MEVy

— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) March 15, 2020

The Irish Government is also calling on people to avoid going to house parties or other venues on St. Patrick's Day in order to curb the spread of Covid-19. 

There was a campaign on social media to close Irish pubs after videos surfaced that showed crowded pubs in Temple Bar on Saturday night. 

March 14 

Update 2:20 pm EST: There are 39 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland. Another death has been recorded. There are now 129 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland.

#BREAKING: A second person has died, and 39 more cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed by Dept of Health https://t.co/abSiIyjfBK

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 14, 2020

Update 1:05 pm EST: Ireland and the UK have been added to the US travel ban, effective midnight EST on March 16. American citizens and legal residents will still be permitted to enter the US during that period, but will be funneled through one of 13 designated airports for processing.

Update 12:20 pm EST: Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Travel is now urging a "high degree of caution" if making travel plans to Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Spain.

Italy is still designated under the "do not travel" advisory from Ireland.

Many countries imposing travel restrictions due to #COVID19 Irish citizens should now exercise a high degree of caution when making travel plans.@dfatirl now advising against non-essential travel to Czech, Cyprus, Denmark, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Spain & No travel to Italy. pic.twitter.com/mGTdFjJint

— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) March 14, 2020

Update 12:15 pm EST: The J1 visa program in the US has been suspended for 60 days:

US Embassy in Dublin has confirmed that the J1 visa programme, which is popular among Irish students, is being suspended by the US Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs for 60 days.

— Fergal Bowers (@FergalBowers) March 14, 2020

Update 7:35 am EST: Political leaders and health officials in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are meeting today in a special, cross-border Ministerial Council in County Armagh. 

Taoiseach Leo Vararkar, Tanáiste Simon Coveney, Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill all attended the council among other high-profile cabinet members on both sides of the Irish border. 

Varadkar said that COVID-19 is a virus that "knows no borders" ahead of the meeting. 

"Our response to it is made more difficult as we do have two jurisdictions on this island," he said. 

Ministers are exercising social distancing at today’s North South Ministerial Council meeting in Armagh.

Compare today’s meeting to how close they sat in previous NSMC meetings. #coronavirus @BBCNewsNI pic.twitter.com/fCjrRYkNNf

— Darran Marshall (@DarranMarshall) March 14, 2020

The Irish Government decided Thursday to close all schools, colleges and childcare facilities in Ireland for more than two weeks. The Northern Irish Government has not taken this approach and presently listens to advice from the British Government in London. 

Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill favors implementing the Irish policies. 

March 13

Update 8:20 pm EST: Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Travel (DFAT) is now advising people to exercise "a high degree of caution" if traveling to other EU States.

The DFA has placed Italy under a "do not travel" advisory, and China, Iran, and Spain under a "avoid non-essential travel" advisory.

NB TRAVEL ADVICE: In light of rapidly changing conditions & restrictions across a number of EU countries, my Dept is now advising people to exercise “a high degree of caution” before deciding to travel to other EU States. We will continue to update advice. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/5ai8U4SGiH

— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) March 13, 2020

Update 2:15 pm EST: Ireland's Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been informed of 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

  • 6 cases are associated with travel
  • 12 are associated with contacts of confirmed cases, 4 of which are healthcare workers
  • 2 cases are associated with community transmission

There are now 90 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland. There has been one death.

The National Public Health Emergency Team met on March 12 to review Ireland’s response to COVID-19 preparedness. The following decisions were made;

  • Case Definition updated: Symptoms of new onset fever of 38 degrees or more, or chills and/or symptoms of respiratory tract infections including cough will be considered when assessing the requirement for testing.
  • All people returning from areas identified on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) website for avoidance of non-essential travel, should restrict their movements for 14 days.
  • Discharge criteria for self-isolating confirmed cases, as recommended by the Expert Advisory Group, has been approved for implementation.
  • EAG will consider travel restrictions for healthcare workers

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The National Public Health Emergency Team will continue to monitor the ongoing threat of this virus and will take actions where necessary.

“For people returning from areas affected by COVID-19, we strongly encourage the individual to restrict their movements."

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “We appreciate these measures have a significant impact on the daily lives of families. However, they are necessary for the public good.

“Parents should try and avoid arranging play dates for groups of young children at this early stage of the outbreak.

“However, rather than staying indoors, consider outdoor activities such as playing football in the open in small groups of 3 or 4 while maintaining social distancing of 2 metres.

“This is a time to be mindful of the public health guidelines and apply these measures to your daily lives.”

In Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency said: "As of 2 pm on 13 March 2020, there have been 321 concluded tests since testing began, of which 292 were negative, and 29 were positive."

There are now 119 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 137,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 5,000 deaths. More than 69,000 cases have recovered.

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Update 1:30 pm EST: For the first time in its history, the kissing of the Blarney Stone has been prohibited until further notice:

For the first time in our history the kissing of the Blarney Stone has been postponed until further notice.

The castle & gardens are still open and we would like to reassure all our visitors that we are doing everything possible to provide a safe experience.

— Blarney Castle & Gardens (@Blarney_Castle) March 13, 2020

Aer Lingus has announced that it is waiving its flight-change and rebooking fees through March 25:

Bookings for travel up to 31 May on our network will not be charged change fees to re-book to another date or route. Changes to bookings should be made no later than 25 March using ‘Manage Trip’ on https://t.co/wpVnwVplQG. A fare difference may apply.

— Aer Lingus (@AerLingus) March 13, 2020

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Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill (Sinn Féin) is calling for the region's schools to be closed. On March 12, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced, among other restrictions, that all schools in the Republic of Ireland will be closed from March 13 - March 29.

I believe now is the time to take action and to close schools, universities and colleges.

That must happen immediately.

We need one approach across the island to deal with #Covid_19. pic.twitter.com/ckBnmOYYVq

— Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) March 13, 2020

Minister for Health Simon Harris said that people returning to Ireland from Spain and or Italy will be presented with information at Irish airports and are being instructed to "restrict their movements" for the next two weeks, including not going to work.

While Italy, the worst-hit country in Europe, is on total lockdown, 60,000 people in Spain were ordered into lockdown on March 12.

Harris clarified that people returning to Ireland from the Cheltenham Festival in the UK will receive information upon their return home, but they will not be under any similar restrictions as people returning from Spain and or Italy.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said all people coming back from Spain and Italy are being asked to restrict their movements for the next two weeks, which means not going to work | Read more coronavirus coverage: https://t.co/839hgCRs1u pic.twitter.com/9kqQLzY8Ck

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 13, 2020

March 12

Updated 2:20 pm EST: 27 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed today in Ireland with six patients being cared for in ICUs.

  • 22 cases associated with local transmission
  • Two associated with community transmission,
  • Three associated with travel

There are now 70 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, an increase from the 43 confirmed cases on March 11.

There are 20 cases in Northern Ireland as of March 12, bringing the total number of cases on the island of Ireland to 90. 

Updated 2:05 pm EST: The GAA has confirmed the suspension of all activities through March 29.

It said in a statement: "In light of this morning’s Government announcement, the GAA, An Cumann Camógaíochta and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association have decided to suspend all activity at club, county and educational levels until March 29 (inclusive) from midnight.

"This is to include all games, training and team gatherings at all ages and all grades."

GAA, @LadiesFootball and @OfficialCamogie joint statement on #COVID2019IRELAND #GAANews

— The GAA (@officialgaa) March 12, 2020

Updated at 12:30 pm GMT: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that all schools, colleges, and childcare facilities will close in Ireland in a bid to delay the spread of coronavirus.

Additionally, outdoor public gatherings of more than 500 people and indoor gatherings of more than 100 people have also been canceled.

Bars, restaurants, and cafes may remain open, but managers are being asked to implement "social distancing" measures. Public transport will remain operational.

Varadkar said the measures will come into full effect on Friday, March 13 and be in place until Sunday, March 29.

Watch my full statement on COVID-19 here:#Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/WkoEnTKdyO

— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) March 12, 2020

Ireland has now moved from the "containment" phase to "delay" phase. 

Minister for Health Simon Harris said that all tourist attractions and cultural institutions will also be closed over the same period. 

'Clear medical guidance' that people should not find themselves at indoor social gatherings in places with more than 100 people | Read more: https://t.co/0dZzTUDn4s pic.twitter.com/U760mLltuy

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 12, 2020

The Irish Government is calling on people to work from home where possible to curb the spread of the virus. 

There are now 43 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland. 

Previously

On Thursday, March 12, the Mater Hospital in Dublin canceled most surgeries and appointments as well as imposing a blanket ban on children visiting the hospital.