Covid-19: Six further deaths, 431 new cases

The Department of Health has been notified of six further deaths of people with Covid-19 and 431 new cases.

It brings the total number of deaths in Ireland to 2,140, with 77,197 confirmed cases.

207 patients are in hospital with the coronavirus. There were 22 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

The number of people in intensive care units stands at 30, down one from yesterday.

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population nationally stands at 87.9.

Of the cases reported today, 185 are men and 244 are women, with 67% aged under 45.

The median age is 35.

134 of the cases are in Dublin, 53 in Donegal, 25 in Cavan, 24 in Louth and 22 in Mayo, with the remaining 173 infections spread across all other remaining counties.

The figures come as the Health Service Executive said it is concerned at the increased number of people who have come forward this week for Covid-19 testing.

Chief Operations Officer Anne O'Connor said there is a higher positivity rate in the last couple of days.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Ms O'Connor said: "The more mixing, the more contacts that people have, the higher the risk is".

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In Northern Ireland, a further eight people with Covid-19 have died, bringing the total there to 1,143.

Another 510 new cases of the disease have also been confirmed from tests on 3,242 individuals, taking the cumulative total to 59,631. 

There are 457 confirmed Covid-19 patients in hospital, with 32 in ICU, 25 of whom are on ventilators. 

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