*Photograph: Sean Curtin / True Media
Nine of the 335 new cases of COVID-19 are in Co Clare.
On Saturday, the Department of Health announced 335 additional cases of the virus were known across the country with 72 in Dublin, 41 in Donegal, 26 in Mayo, 25 in Cork, 23 in Kerry, 9 in Clare and the remaining 159 spread across 18 other counties.
Department officials have clarified that provisional case figures for Thursday in Co Clare which were announced on Friday were in fact 21 and not 15 as initially reported.
Mayo 1252 (+26)
Kerry 1174 (+10)
Monaghan 1148 (+17)
Wexford 1120 (-2)
Offaly 1051 (+7)
Laois 873 (+16)
Roscommon 817 (+7)
Kilkenny 811 (+5)
Waterford 792 (+2)
Sligo 670 (+1)
Longford 591 (+3)
Carlow 564 (+2)
Leitrim 230 (0)#Covid_19 2/26 counties with no new cases on Thursday.
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An increase of five deaths has been reported bringing the national death toll to 1,945.
University Hospital Limerick (UHL) is treating the third highest amount of COVID-19 patients (29) across the country. In total, 284 individuals are being treated for the virus in Irish hospitals, 40 of which are in ICU. Over the past 24 hours, 23 hospitalisations were recorded.
Correct wearing of face coverings was reiterated by Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan on Saturday. “Remember, visors do not offer the same benefits as face masks. I want to particularly highlight that it is very important that those who work in settings such as retail avoid the use of visors and instead use face masks. Face masks offer far better protection, and they should be worn by everyone who can wear them. Wearing one prevents someone who does not know they have COVID-19 from spreading it to another person.
“They are a key element of our defence against this virus, alongside staying at home and avoiding meeting people outside your household,” he added.