Ireland has highest amount of Covid-19 cases recorded in one day since May, with 357 confirmed
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Ireland has highest amount of Covid-19 cases recorded in one day since May, with 357 confirmed

THERE have been 357 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Ireland as of Tuesday evening.

It's the highest amount of cases recorded in one day in Ireland since May 14.

It brings Ireland's total number of confirmed cases to 31,549 since the start of the outbreak, according to the Department of Health.

Three further deaths were also confirmed last night, bringing the nation's death toll from the virus up to 1,787.

The news comes shortly after the unveiling of Ireland's 'Living With Covid' plan, which Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar presented at a press conference yesterday afternoon.

As per the announcement, Ireland has adopted a five-level restriction system, which will consider the severity of Covid-19 outbreaks in areas across the country, and dictate what level of restrictions must be implemented.

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The plan has been put in place amid a concerning rise in case numbers around the country over the past few weeks, particularly in Dublin.

Of the 357 new cases, 218 were in the Irish capital.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said yesterday: "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."