A further 190 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland have been officially recorded and reported this evening.
The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly confirmed the latest figures at a press briefing this evening. This brings the total number of cases to 27,503. There has not been an official update on any further deaths or if there were any new deaths as of 7pm.
Meanwhile, the government has advised people aged over 70 to limit their interactions to a small network of people and is also asking people to keep gatherings in their homes small.
The move follows recommendations from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 and in place until 13 September.
Speaking this evening, Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said the current situation regarding case numbers is “of significant concern”.
“NPHET met yesterday to review the current profile of disease, and to make recommendations to government on how we can once again suppress this virus and avoid widespread community transmission.”
He added “However, with this disease unfortunately that is not always the case. 62% of cases in the last 14 days have been linked to close contact with a confirmed case.”