THE sequence of Covid-19 cases in Ireland has jumped to 174.
The Division of Smartly being has recorded one further loss of life.
There has now been a total of 1,772 Covid-19 associated deaths in Ireland and 26,644 confirmed cases.
110 cases would be found in Kildare, 27 in Dublin, 7 in Cork, 7 in Offaly, 6 in Meath.
The final 17 are unfold across thirteen assorted counties: Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Mayo, Roscommon, Tipperary, Wexford and Wicklow.
Dr Ronan Glynn, acting CMO stated that whereas at present time’s numbers of confirmed cases are excessive, they will now not be unexpected.
He stated: “As I stated final evening, we’re gazing for significant numbers of cases to be reported over the arrival days.
“Sooner or later of this week, now we were making an are attempting out all workers in facilities the build outbreaks of Covid-19 were identified as effectively as shut contacts of those those that non-public received Covid certain outcomes.
“Tonight’s figures are a reflection of these measures with 118 of these cases linked to the counties of Kildare, Laois and Offaly.
“Our precedence now and our rationalization for recommending the proactive measures launched final evening, is to serve faraway from these cases and clusters ensuing in frequent community transmission of the disease.
“50 of tonight’s cases would be found initiate air of these three counties and around the rest of the nation.
“I as soon as as soon as more ask all individuals despite the build you stay in the nation to exhaust every precaution that you are going to moreover factor in to serve us serve watch over the unfold of this disease and protect our most inclined.
“This procedure continuing to scrub our hands, keeping 2 metres aside from every other, heading off crowds, carrying face coverings the build appropriate, overlaying our coughs and sneezes and downloading the COVID Tracker app.”
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Neighborhood, stated: “As outlined by the Performing Chief Clinical Officer at the clicking convention final evening, the 14-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants in Kildare, Laois and Offaly is worryingly excessive.
“Whereas the nationwide incidence stands at 16.3 per 100,000, in Kildare it stands at 130.3, in Laois it is 69.7 and in Offaly it is 89.8.
“Need to smooth these cases consequence in frequent transmission, it might perhaps possibly probably possibly perhaps undo a entire lot of the steady work that now we non-public performed as a nation to this demonstrate serve watch over the unfold of this virus.
“The measures launched by NPHET final evening symbolize a proactive and proportionate response to the recent screech in these counties.”
In the intervening time, Minister Stephen Donnelly has described the spike in Covid-19 cases in Laois, Offaly and Kildare as a “important screech” nonetheless insisted nobody used to be responsible.
The Fianna Fail TD acknowledged the difficulty used to be annoying nonetheless stated they wished to act with out discover on tale of the virus “does no longer wait.”
Mr Donnelly stated the spike will non-public simply took goal in a single other section of Ireland or in a special setting.
He took to Twitter to respond to a series of questions after the Govt imposed localised lockdowns following a surge in cases.
When asked whose fault it used to be Mr Donnelly hit inspire and declared it “This shouldn’t be any longer about fault.”
He stated: “Covid-19 is flaring up in cities and regions across Europe and the area, despite hundreds assorted measures utilized by assorted international locations.
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“It can possibly perhaps correct as simply were in a single other section of Ireland, or a special setting.”
He continued: “Folks in Kildare, Laois and Offaly were asked to restrict their movements in inform to give protection to themselves, their families and all individuals in Ireland.
“To those residing in those counties, I and the nation are in the inspire of you.
“I know that is difficult. Right here’s annoying. I wish I didn’t must ask you to device that. Nonetheless we can not wait to act. Sadly, Covid-19 does no longer wait.
“We’re going to have the option to fetch through this collectively.”
On Thursday evening, a Kildare meat-processing factory used to be compelled to suspend all operations after 80 workers examined certain for the killer virus – an extra six non-public since been detected.
There non-public moreover been outbreaks in assorted factories in the counties.
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Kildare, Laois and Offaly residents must restrict their movements for the next two weeks.
Gyms, swimming swimming pools, cinemas, theatres, bingo halls, galleries and museums will be shut.
Pubs, cafes, restaurants will very top be allowed to initiate for takeaway and diminutive initiate air eating.