A FURTHER 15 deaths and 1,247 additional cases of Cogiv-19 – including 12 in Kerry – have been reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
All 15 deaths occurred in January and the number of fatalities related to the virus is now 3,307.
There have now been 196,547 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
Early this afternoon, there were 1,516 patients been treated for coronavirus complications in hospital with 211 in intensive care.
There have been 39 people with the disease admitted to hospital in the past 24 hours.
Of the cases notified today 659 are female and 579 are male with 60% are under 45 years of age.
430 of the newly diagnosed cases are in Dublin, 97 in Wexford, 87 in Cork, 84 in Limerick and 76 in Galway with the remaining 473 cases spread across all other counties with the 12 cases in Kerry bringing the 14-day total in the county to 352.
Pleading with people to stay at home and to work from home if at all possible, Department of Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, said there is an onus on employers to ensure that, in the first instance, staff are encouraged to work from home.
In cases where that is not possible, they must ensure that their workplaces are safe for staff and customers and in full compliance with infection prevention and control measures.
“I encourage all employers and managers to review their workplaces and ensure they have effective measures in place,” he said.
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