SOME 28 more people have died from the coronavirus in Ireland, figures out this evening show.
There are also 13 new confirmed daily cases of Covid-19 in Limerick, bringing the total number here to 173.
There have now been 263 Covid-19 related deaths across the country, and 6,574 confirmed cases in total - an increase of 500 day on day.
Four more deaths in the North brings the total there to 82, while 138 new cases of Covid-19 have been detected.
Of the people who have died in the Republic of Ireland, 22 deaths are reported in the east, two in the north-West, two in the south, and two in the west.
Some 19 people were reported as having underlying health conditions
The National Public Health Emergency Team’s modelling data has revealed that Ireland’s effort to date has greatly reduced the transmission of the virus, with the growth rate down from 33% in the early weeks of the outbreak to just 9% this week.
Professor Philip Nolan, chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group (IEMAG) said; “When an R number increases by even a fraction above 1, the number of new cases per day will rise, slowly but inexorably.
“We are at a very delicate and critical point in our response to this pandemic.”
Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, Department of Health, said: "The virus is still sustaining itself in our community. If we do not stay at home and practice physical distancing then we are not stopping the spread. It is crucial that each one of us take seriously the risks this virus poses, follows the guidelines and limit the opportunity for this virus to spread."
"We must follow the public health advice as closely as we possibly can so that we can limit the spread of the virus. Stay at home, practice physical distancing, practice hand hygiene, protect each other."
Dr Colm Henry, chief clinical officer, HSE added: "I would like to acknowledge the enormous efforts of healthcare workers caring for patients in hospitals and the community. The best way people can show support for them is by staying at home and observing the guidelines. This keeps everyone safe."