THERE ARE now over 6,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland, the Department of Health has confirmed.
365 newly confirmed cases has brought the Republic's total number of confirmed cases to 6,074 as of 1pm, 8 April.
The Health Surveillance Protection Centre (HSPC) yesterday reported a further 25 new coronavirus-related deaths in the country, bringing the total to 235 since the pandemic began.
Of the 25 people who sadly passed away, 10 women and 15 men, 18 are reported as having had underlying health conditions.
13 of those were being treated in the east of the country, eight in the north, two in the south and two in the west of the country.
The HSPC reports that the median age of those who died is 80.
313 people have now died after contracting coronavirus on the island of Ireland, with 7,413 confirmed cases.
The HSE is working rapidly to trace any close contacts the newly confirmed cases may have had in order to advise them and further slow the spread of the virus.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:
"Ireland continues to follow ECDC guidance with regards to testing, contact tracing and the implementation of community measures such as physical distancing and cocooning. This is the most effective way we have of slowing down the spread of this virus and saving lives.
“Our public health guidance is under constant review and the National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again on Friday morning to review the impact of ongoing measures.”
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:
"The ECDC has said that the probability of continued spread of COVID-19 is very high. The risk of exceeding the capacity of the health system remains high even in countries like Ireland where significant public health restrictions have been put in place.
“It is for these reasons that we continue to ask people to stay at home and to follow public health advice. While we know these measures are difficult especially as we approach a sunny, bank holiday weekend, the efforts we are seeing from the public are having an impact and making a real difference.”