*Photograph: John Mangan
Less than five new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the daily figures provided by the Department of Health.
A total of 226 new cases of the virus are known across the country with 64 in Dublin, 41 in Donegal, 23 in Tipperary, 13 in Limerick, 12 in Louth, 12 in Wicklow, and the remaining 61 in 16 other counties.
For the third day in succession, there are less than five new cases in Co Clare. There have been 99 new cases over the past fortnight while the county’s 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population is at 83.3 which is comfortably below the national rate of 107.8.
An additional six deaths related to Coronavirus have been notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
As of 2pm today 292 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 36 are in ICU. 18 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.