Ireland’s Health Department yesterday announced that in the 24 hours to midnight on Monday, a further 36 people have died from Covid-19 in the Republic, bringing the total number of deaths to 210.

Officials also confirmed another 345 more cases of the virus meaning there are now a total of 5,709 confirmed cases in Ireland.

Statistics issued by the department show that 27 of the people who died from Covid-19 were from the east of the country, six from the north and three in the south. Of those who died, 19 were male and 17 were female while 24 of the patients who died had underlying health conditions.

The median age of those confirmed to have died was 81 while the median age of confirmed cases is 48, and 194 cases have been admitted to intensive care. Dublin has the highest number of confirmed cases of any county with 3,061, which is 55% of all cases, while Cork has 421 cases or 7% of total.

Community transmission accounts for 67%, close contact accounts for 22% and travel abroad accounts for 10% of the cases.

Officials also revealed that there have been 42,484 tests carried out across the country so far, with 12,271 of these carried out in the week to midnight on Monday, with 19% of those tested returning a positive test.

Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health Dr Tony Holohan said: “The increase is a result of a more sensitive case definition, testing people who are more likely to have the disease, including healthcare workers and those hospitalised.”

Meanwhile Professor Sam McConkey, the head of the Department of International Health and Tropical Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, has called for tougher restrictions to beat what he called “this plague”.

Suggesting more restrictions for a week or two, Prof McConkey said: “We need to get unexplained community transmissions down almost to nothing before we relax and start doing everything that we’d like

to do again.”