Three deaths and 1,283 more Covid-19 cases reported in the Republic

Three deaths and 1,283 more Covid-19 cases were reported in the Republic this evening, while the North had five deaths and 1,012 more cases.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) said there had now been a total of 1,852 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland and a total of 49,962 confirmed cases.

Of the cases notified today, 651 are women and 628 are men, with 68 per cent 45 years of age. The median age is 31 years.

Dublin accounts for 408 of the new cases, while 156 are in Cork, 88 in Kildare, 80 in Meath and 55 in Limerick. The remaining 496 cases are spread across 21 counties.

As of 2pm today, 277 Covid-19 patients were hospitalised, and 33 of those patients were in ICU. There have been 17 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, a leading advisor in public health policy has warned that Ireland needs “strong suppression” of Covid-19 for eight to 10 weeks to bring it under control, save lives and stop the health service from “falling on its face”.

Anthony Staines, professor of community health at DCU, said he believed the public would accept restrictions nearly as severe as the March lockdown over a 10-week period if they were given “strong leadership”, a clear explanation of why they were necessary and a clear exit strategy.