77 additional deaths related to COVID-19 have been confirmed this evening along with 1,910 new cases of the virus.
76 of these deaths occurred in January, 1 in December.
710 of the new cases were in Dublin, 150 in Cork, 103 in Meath, 102 in Limerick, 86 in Louth.
Across the region there are 74 new cases in Galway, 50 in Mayo, 25 in Sligo, 14 in Roscommon and 9 in Leitrim.
As of 2pm today, 1,892 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 217 are in ICU and there have been 59 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer said: “Through the solidarity shown by families and communities across the country in recent weeks, we are beginning to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infection. Each individual effort to follow the public health advice is making an impact, but we can only continue this positive trend and drive down incidence in the community by continuing to stay at home and avoid meeting or mixing with others in our social circle, including for any close family gatherings, such as birthdays or funerals, as these can be ‘super-spreader’ events.
“We know it is possible to have COVID-19 without displaying symptoms, so we all need to behave as though we are infectious and minimise our close contacts with others. If you suspect that you might be ill, isolate away from others in your household, let your close contacts know and come forward for testing as soon as possible.”